HMD Global quietly launched the Nokia 4.2 Android One smartphone in India yesterday. The Nokia 4.2 made its global debut at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, alongside the Nokia 3.2. While it was speculated that the company may launch the Nokia 3.2 alongside the Nokia 4.2 in India, only the latter has arrived in the country. The Android One smartphone from the Finnish manufacturer will take on the highly popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 as well as the Realme 3 in India. Is the new Nokia 4.2 a good alternative to the Redmi and Realme phones?
Nokia 4.2 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Price in India
The Nokia 4.2 is set to go on sale across India starting from 21st May. Available in just a single variant, the Nokia 4.2 will set you back INR 10,990. Redmi Note 7, on the other hand, is sold in two storage variants in India. The 3GB RAM + 32GB variant of the Redmi phone costs INR 9,999, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is currently priced at INR 11,999. Realme 3 is the most affordable of the three smartphones, starting at INR 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version. For INR 1,000 more, you can get the Realme 3 with the same 3GB RAM but 64GB storage. The Realme 3 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version is priced in India at INR 10,999.
Nokia 4.2 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Display, Performance
The Nokia 4.2 comes equipped with a 5.71-inch IPS LCD display panel offering 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 12nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with an Adreno 505 GPU. As mentioned earlier, the Android One smartphone is available in a single variant in India with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Nokia 4.2 includes a dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion up to 400GB. Since it is an Android One smartphone, you get stock Android Pie OS with no bloatware and a guarantee of two major OS upgrades.
Redmi Note 7 (review) comes with a significantly larger 6.3-inch Dot Notch IPS LCD display panel that not only offers a taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio but 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution. The panel is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, Redmi’s budget offering runs on Qualcomm’s 14nm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor with an Adreno 512 GPU. In terms of memory, the Redmi Note 7 comes with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard memory. Unlike the Nokia 4.2, however, the Redmi handset lacks a dedicated microSD card slot. As for software, the smartphone runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie.
Realme 3 has a 6.22-inch Dewdrop display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution. It is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core chipset with an ARM Mali-G72 GPU. Just like the Redmi 7, Realme 3 is available with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. A dedicated microSD card slot makes it possible for users to further expand the storage by up to 256GB quite easily. The Realme 3 ships with OPPO’s newest ColorOS 6.0 software, based on the Android Pie OS.
Quite clearly, the Nokia 4.2 isn’t anywhere near as impressive as the other two smartphones in the display and performance departments. When it comes to software, however, Nokia 4.2 does have an upper hand thanks to it being an Android One smartphone.
Nokia 4.2 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
Like most new budget Android smartphones, the Android One Nokia 4.2 is equipped with dual camera sensors on the back. You get a 13MP primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 2MP sensor for depth-sensing. The phone has an 8MP snapper on the front with an f/2.0 aperture lens offering a wide 74-degree field of view. HMD Global’s latest budget offering is not impressive in the battery life department either. Nokia 4.2 packs a 3000mAh battery, which is on the smaller side when compared to pretty much all its major rivals. Connectivity features supported by the Nokia 4.2 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, MicroUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Dual 4G VoLTE.
Unlike the Chinese Redmi Note 7 variant, the one sold in India does not sport a 48-megapixel primary sensor. Instead, it is equipped with a 12MP + 2MP AI dual-camera setup. The rear camera comes with AI scene detection, low-light enhancement, Video EIS, and Full HD video recording at up to 60fps. A 13MP selfie camera sits on the front, coupled with an f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera also offers several AI-powered features such as AI Beautify, AI Portrait mode, AI Face Unlock and AI scene detection. Keeping the lights on is a 4000mAh non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging support. However, Redmi ships the phone with only a 10W charger in the box. Connectivity options on the Redmi Note 7 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an IR blaster.
Realme 3 boasts a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup on the back with the primary sensor coupled with an f//1.8 aperture. The smartphone offers AI scene recognition, slo-mo video capture, and Google Lens support. On the front of the phone is a 13MP AI selfie camera featuring AI Beauty, DIY Beautify, and Face Unlock features. The smartphone packs an impressive 4230mAh capacity battery with AI Power Master to deliver great battery life. However, the Realme 3 lacks fast charging support. When it comes to connectivity, the Realme 3 features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Dual 4G VoLTE, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.
As is very evident, the Nokia 4.2 is not very competitive against the Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 in the camera, battery life, and connectivity departments. The Redmi Note 7 is the most impressive in terms of connectivity, while the Realme 3 has the biggest battery among the three phones.
Nokia 4.2 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Verdict
Thanks to a powerful Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset, Full HD+ display, and an attractive design, the Redmi Note 7 would be my pick among the three. The Realme 3 is a good choice as well, priced slightly lower than both the Redmi Note 7 and the Nokia 4.2. Since it does not have any major advantage except for being an Android smartphone, it is tough to recommend the Nokia 4.2 over the other two.