The Nokia 3 was released earlier this year by Nokia and falls in the sub ?10000 category. We decided to take a look at other phones in this price range that would be a good alternative to the Nokia 3, and we chose the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 which released a month ago, and a Samsung mobile phone, the J2 Pro, to finish our comparison list. Let’s take a look at how the phones fared against each other in terms of specs and features and offered maximum value for money.
Nokia 3 vs Redmi Y1 vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro: Price in India
The Nokia 3, which released in February 2017, is priced at approximately ?8200. Comparatively, the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 costs roughly ?9000 and the Samsung J2 Pro, which released in July 2016, is priced at ?8500. The price difference between these phones is marginal – let’s take a closer look at what the biggest differences between the phones are, if any exist.
Nokia 3 vs Redmi Y1 vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro: Display
The Nokia 3 has a 5-inch screen, as compared to the Redmi Y1 which has a 5.5-inch display and the J2 Pro which, like the Nokia 3, has a 5-inch screen. The Nokia 3 and the Y1 both have IPS LCD screens, as compared to the J2 Pro which has a super AMOLED screen. While all three phones have the same screen resolution at 720 x 1080, the Nokia 3 and J2 Pro’s displays have a pixel density of 294ppi as compared to the Y1 which offers 236ppi. The Nokia 3 and Y1 have Gorilla Glass protection which the J2 Pro doesn’t. We found the Redmi Y1 to win this round considering all parameters, but just barely.
Nokia 3 vs Redmi Y1 vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro: Performance
The Nokia 3 comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage but can be upgraded to 256GB with its microSD slot. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 also has a 4GB 64GB variant but the base version of the Y1 in this comparison offers 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage and supports expandable memory up to 256GB. The J2 Pro is similar to the Nokia phone and offers 2GB RAM with 16GB onboard memory, upgradable to 128GB via the microSD slot.
The Nokia 3 runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) but should have the Oreo update soon enough, as Nokia has been delivering software upgrades consistently. The Redmi Y1 offers users the Android Nougat experience as well, via its MIUI 9 software which rolled out for Xiaomi phones, approximately one month ago. The J2 Pro runs on Android 6.0 in comparison, which is Android Marshmallow. It is unclear whether the J2 Pro will get a software upgrade, but it might be possible since Samsung recently has been committing to upgrading a huge number of phones from its catalogue.
All three phones are powered by chips from different manufacturers – the Nokia 3 comes with a MediaTek MT6737 processor, whereas the Y1 runs on a Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 SoC, followed by the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro which is powered by a Spreadtrum SC8830. The Redmi Y1’s Snapdragon chip is an octa-core processor, unlike the other two phones in this comparison, which run on quad-core chips.
The Nokia 3 is powered by a 2630mAh battery, the Redmi Y1 by a 3080mAh cell and the J2 Pro comes with a 2600mAh power unit. The Redmi also has a fingerprint reader which the other two phones don’t.
Nokia 3 vs Redmi Y1 vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro: Camera
The Nokia has 8MP cameras on the front and back, both with aperture size f/2.0. The Y1 has a 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2, and a selfie-focused shooter on the front, a 16MP f/2.2 camera. The J2 Pro didn’t put up much of a fight – it has an 8MP camera on the rear and a 5MP front camera, both with an aperture size of f/2.2. The Redmi Y1 is the only camera that can record 1080p videos at 30fps, as the Nokia 3 and J2 Pro can only manage 720p at 30fps. The Redmi Y1 is definitely a no-brainer for people looking to buy a phone with a solid camera.
Nokia 3 vs Redmi Y1 vs Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro: Verdict
The answer must be pretty obvious by now – the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 is definitely the best option out of all three phones. We’d give the second spot to Nokia 3 and the last spot to the Samsung J2 Pro. The Redmi Y1 won on all counts here, even though we didn’t consider build quality and design, which it would have won too. Our recommendation is that you go for the Xiaomi phone – it offers value for money like no other.