At an event held in New Delhi earlier this month, HMD Global launched the entry-level Nokia 3.1 Plus smartphone in India. Along with the Nokia 3.1 Plus, the Finnish firm also launched the 8110 4G feature phone in the country. While the Nokia 8110 4G will not be available for sale in India until October 24th, you can now purchase the 3.1 Plus smartphone from an offline store near you. Unlike most other Nokia-branded smartphones, the 3.1 Plus will not be sold online via leading platforms such as Amazon.in and Flipkart. However, Nokia fans will be able to purchase the smartphone from the Nokia Shop online.
Nokia 3.1 Plus Now on Sale in India Via Offline Stores
The Nokia 3.1 Plus is now available for purchase at leading offline retail stores across the country for a best buy price of Rs.11,499. For now, you can purchase the Nokia 3.1 Plus in a single memory configuration with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 2GB RAM + 16GB variant of the smartphone is not available currently, although we do expect it to become available in India in the coming weeks. HMD Global had only announced the price of the top-end 3GB RAM variant at its launch event in New Delhi earlier this month, so the official price of the 2GB RAM variant of the Nokia 3.1 Plus is yet to be confirmed. In terms of color options, the Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in Blue, White, and Baltic. Airtel subscribers who purchase the entry-level smartphone can avail up to 1TB of additional data on INR 199 or higher monthly plans.
Should You Buy the Nokia 3.1 Plus?
As suggested by its name, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is positioned slightly higher than the standard Nokia 3.1, which was launched in India in July this year. When it comes to hardware specifications, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is undoubtedly a decent upgrade over the 3.1. It sports a bigger 6.0-inch sized IPS LCD display and runs on a significantly more efficient 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core chipset. In the camera department, the Nokia 3.1 Plus features a 13MP + 5MP dual-camera setup at the rear, as opposed to the single 13MP unit on the Nokia 3.1. Another significant difference between the two smartphones is battery life. While the Nokia 3.1 packs a 2990mAh capacity battery, the 3.1 Plus impresses with a bigger 3500mAh capacity battery. Like other Nokia-branded smartphones released this year, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is part of the Android One program, which is certainly one key advantage that it offers over some of its rivals in the offline market.
However, when compared to the competition, the Nokia 3.1 Plus isn’t very impressive at all. In fact, HMD’s own Nokia 5.1 Plus is a more sensible option. The Nokia 5.1 Plus with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage is priced at Rs.10,999 and has a clear edge over the Nokia 3.1 Plus in most departments. For the same amount of money, you can also get the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) 3GB RAM variant, which is powered by a significantly more powerful chipset and offers several other advantages when compared to the Nokia 3.1 Plus. Some of the other alternatives that you can consider include the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (Review), Redmi Y2 (Review), Redmi Note 5 (Review), and the Honor 9N (Review).