HMD Global launched a slew of budget Nokia devices – smartphones as well as feature at its pre MWC 2019 keynote event in Barcelona on Sunday. These include the Nokia 210 feature phone, the entry-level Nokia 1 Plus with Android Pie Go Edition, and the lower mid-tier Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 with Android One. The company also launched its high-end flagship Nokia 9 PureView with five Zeiss rear cameras. You can read more about it here.
With its new affordable lineup, HMD has ensured that there is at least one Nokia phone at every price point under Rs 20,000. While the Nokia 210 feature phone will be available for $35 (roughly Rs 2,500) from March, the Nokia 1 Plus will sell for $99 (roughly Rs 7,000) from mid-March. The Nokia 3.2 will be available for buying in early May at a starting price of $139 (roughly Rs 10,000) for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage variants going all the way to $169 (roughly Rs 12,000) for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Nokia 4.2 will be available for buying from April at a starting price of $169 (roughly Rs 12,000) for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage variants going all the way to $199 (roughly Rs 14,000) for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
The Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 are the more interesting of the lot. Both the phones come with a teardrop-style notch on the front and a dedicated Google Assistant button with some clever tricks up its sleeve – a single press activates the Google Assistant, a double press gives you its visual snapshot view, while a press and hold lets you converse with it much like a smart speaker. The Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 also come with a breathing notification light that is mounted on top of the power button, so it does not matter if your phone is placed back facing down or vice versa.
Both the phones are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor with up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB storage which is also expandable. Both the phones run the same Android 9 Pie software as well.
But there are a few differences. The Nokia 4.2, which is the more premium of the two, has a glass back and dual rear cameras (13MP+2MP) and an 8MP front camera. The Nokia 3.2 meanwhile has a plastic back and 13MP rear camera alongside a 5MP front camera.
While the Nokia 3.2 has a 6.26-inch HD+ display, the Nokia 4.2 comes with a 5.71-inch HD+ screen. While the Nokia 3.2 has a 4,000mAh battery, the Nokia 4.2 comes with a smaller 3,000mAh battery.
Coming to the Nokia 1 Plus, the follow-up to last year’s Nokia 1 has a 5.45-inch FWVGA 18:9 display and a MediaTek MT6739 processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage which is also expandable. It comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It runs Android Pie Go Edition and packs a 2,500mAh battery.
Lastly, the Nokia 210 feature phone is being touted as the most affordable means to access the internet. It comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and Opera browser. There’s a built-in app store and Snake comes pre-installed. HMD claims one-month battery life on the Nokia 210. It will be available in red, gray and black.