Nokia's Android One phones offer some enticing features for under $170

midian182

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Somewhat confusingly, the Nokia 4.2 is the first of HMD’s 4-series phones. Costing $169, this mid-range device features a 5.71-inch, 19:9 display (1520x720, 270PPI), a Snapdragon 439 SoC, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, two rear cameras (13MP, f/2.2 aperture + 2MP depth sensor), a selfie cam (8MP, f/2.0), and a 3,000mAh battery.

While those specs put it firmly in the mid-range category, you do get some modern perks. There’s a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side, along with AI-augmented face unlocking. You also get NFC, a fingerprint sensor, a headphone jack, and a near-stock version of Android 9 Pie. It even comes with a notch—not that everyone appreciates those. All in all, the Nokia 4.2 appears to be good value for something under $170. It does use a MicroUSB port, though.

For something even cheaper, there’s the $132 Nokia 3.2. It features a slightly larger 6.26-inch LCD with the same resolution as the Nokia 4.2, but the processor drops down to a Snapdragon 429. Some of the other specs are also downgraded, including the single 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie cam, but you do get a 4000mAh battery. The back is plastic rather than glass, there’s no NFC, and the fingerprint sensor is only available in the $169 3GB version. It’s another Android One device, though, which means at least two years of snappy updates to the latest version of the OS and monthly security updates.

Finally, there’s the $99 Nokia 1 plus—an updated version of 2018’s Nokia 1. It’s an Android Go phone, which means it runs the stripped-down version of Android designed for entry-level devices. The handset’s price point does mean certain compromises: a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek SoC, 1GB of RAM, a 5.45-inch 854x480 LCD (180 PPI) screen, a 2500mAh battery, and an 8MP rear camera with a 5MP front-facing snapper. But there is a headphone jack, and there are certainly much worse phones available for under $100.

To learn more about HMD’s flagship handset, check out the photography-focused Nokia 9 PureView.

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Uncle Al

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WOW ..... now that's an impressive little phone that will satisfy the "needs" of the majority of users ..... shoot, I may have to seriously look at that one!
 

toooooot

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WOW ..... now that's an impressive little phone that will satisfy the "needs" of the majority of users ..... shoot, I may have to seriously look at that one!
I lately catch myself thinking that I do care how my phones look. No, I don't require the best product or brand. I could get Nokia. But I want them to be aesthetically pleasing.
This devices' specs are attractive, but design isnt to me. I d look toward something more refined. Even those similar priced ZTE I played at best with looked better.
 

lazer

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Sounds great a phone that you can use to talk to friends, a few apps and a decent camera for a LOW price....

could be my next purchase...