Nokia 3.1 vs Nokia 3: What All Is Different, Should You Upgrade?


As expected, Nokia announced the updated versions of the Nokia 2, Nokia 3, and the Nokia 5, in an event held in Moscow, Russia. HMD is calling these updated variants as Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1, and Nokia 5.1. These are all budget smartphones and are going to be available in most regions across the world.

However, the company hasn’t yet announced when these new phones would go on sale in India. The Nokia 6.1 recently went on sale in India, so we can be very sure that these new devices should be available in the next month. Pricing for the devices have been revealed, but in Euros, so we will have to guess the pricing for the Indian market. It could be priced similar to last years model, or slightly higher, we shall find out soon.

In this post, we are going to compare the 2018 Nokia 3.1 with its predecessor. Is it a good upgrade, what are the differences, and should you buy one? The phones are identical to look, except for a taller display and the Android One logo at the back. The Nokia 2.1 is an Android Go device, which features the smaller, faster, GO version of Android Oreo.

According to HMD Global, the Nokia 3 was their best selling smartphone last year. This was mainly because of its decent specifications, pricing, and a good build quality. Much of that is the same in the new 2018 Nokia 3.1.

Nokia 3.1 vs Nokia 3: Price in India

As we stated earlier, the pricing for the Nokia 3.1, or any of the new releases, hasn’t been announced yet. The global pricing is available, and the 2GB RAM with 16GB storage variant will cost you €139, which is about Rs. 10,880. The 2017 Nokia 3 was priced at Rs. 9,499 at launch, so you can expect the Indian pricing for the 2018 version to be similar or slightly more.

The 3GB RAM with 32GB storage variant of the Nokia 3.1 is priced at €169, which equals to Rs. 13,229. Again, the Indian pricing should be slightly lower. The pricing was leaked earlier, but HMD claimed that the pricing is wrong and the new pricing would be announced soon. You will be able to purchase the Nokia 3.1 in either Blue Copper, White Iron, or Black Chrome colors.

Nokia 3.1 vs Nokia 3: Design, Display

The phone does come with a slightly bigger display with a taller aspect ratio, but otherwise, it looks the same as the previous Nokia 3. It still has a polycarbonate body with an aluminium frame. There’s a Gorilla Glass protected 5.2-inch HD+ display at the front, a mere 0.2-inch bigger than last years model. The display has an 18:9 aspect ratio though, which is the norm these days and should give users a slightly better viewing experience.

Nokia 3.1 vs Nokia 3: Hardware, Performance

Internally, HMD has made some slight changes in terms of the processor, battery and other sensors. The Nokia 3.1 features an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, which is 50 percent more powerful than last years quad-core MT6737 that was packed in the Nokia 3. There are two RAM and storage options, with 2GB and 16GB of storage, or 3GB and 32GB of internal storage. A microSD slot is also available for storage expansion.

Nokia 3.1 vs Nokia 3: Camera, Battery

As for the cameras, you get a 13MP shooter at the back and an 8MP wide-angled selfie camera at the front. The 2017 Nokia 3 had an 8MP shooter at the back, so this is a good upgrade in terms of camera performance. Apart from that, the battery has also been bumped up from 2630mAh to 2990mAh, which should provide battery performance. The phone does lack a fingerprint sensor and you still get capacitive physical buttons on the front.

Nokia 3.1 vs Nokia 3: OS Updates, Verdict

Finally, one of the new features of the Nokia 3.1, is that it is part of the Android One program and comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The phone will also get guaranteed software updates for the next two years, and yes it will get Android P and the next version as well.

So there you go, the Nokia 3.1 is a good upgrade over last years model. There’s nothing new in terms of design, but you do get improved hardware. If HMD sells it for the same price as last year, then you should definitely upgrade. Only if you are looking for a budget phone and like the Nokia design. There are, however, better options available from Huawei’s Honor stable, and Xiaomi.