Hands on: Nokia 1


The Nokia 1 isn’t always a smartphone that will grab the headlines at MWC 2018 this year. However, it can nicely take the growth internationally by storm with its bargain-basement rate tag and a promise of decent overall performance from a remarkable cheap phone.

 Nokia 1

It packs in a non-HD four,5-inch IPS FWVGA (854 x 480) show, a MediaTek chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of inner storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 4G connectivity, and a 2,150mAh battery.

Not a terrible lineup when you keep in mind the fee, and you also get today’s version of Android, with eight Oreo onboard – although it’s a barely paired down version of the working machine.

The real intention of the Nokia 1 is to permit those in extra developing regions who are presently using feature telephones to make them soar to smartphones without breaking the bank.

: Nokia HMD’s different MWC launches Nokia eight Nokia 6 release date and fee. The Nokia 1 release date is slated for April 2018. However, it is now not clear which markets will definitely get the handset. There’s a good hazard that the United States and the UK may not ever see the smartphone arrive on their beaches.

In phrases of the Nokia 1 rate, you’re looking at simply $ eighty-five / AU$149 (around £60), making this the first Nokia-branded Android phone to fall below the $100 mark in the US.

Nokia 1

The Nokia 1 fees simply $ eighty-five

  • Design and display
  • Dimensions: 133.6 x sixty seven.Seventy-eight x nine.5mm
  • OS: Android 8 (Go Edition)
  • Screen length: four.Five inches
  • Resolution: 854 x 480
  • CPU: MediaTek MT6737M
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: 2,150mAh
  • Rear camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 2MP

Unsurprisingly the layout of the Nokia 1 is pretty uninspired. Its chunky (9.5mm thick) plastic body and considerable bezels around the screen make it seem like a telephone from numerous years ago.

What it lacks in fashion, it makes up for in electricity, and that is generally solid Nokia tool that feels like it can live to tell the tale of an actual beating. The plastic rear shell, which additionally wraps across the aspects of the smartphone, is textured and grippy make it stick for your palm.

Its diminutive length (133.6 x sixty seven.78mm) also approaches it is easy to apply one-exceeded. We have been capable of reaching our thumb across the display screen and hitting the volume and energy/lock keys on the proper.

There’s a micro USB port on the bottom of the Nokia 1 for charging, and on the pinnacle, you will discover a headphone jack – something it slowly becomes rarer on smartphones.

The speaker has been located on the rear of the telephone, another throwback to the cellphone layout of antique – and it is now not an extraordinary place for it because your palm effortlessly includes it.

It is lightweight, making it easy to preserve and deliver, and the rear cowl comes off. It’s interchangeable with a series of different colored, designed, and patterned covers, allowing you to alternate the appearance and sense of the handset.

It’s a comparable deal to the changeable facias on the Nokia 3210, 3310, and 8210 of old. Removing the cover also well-known shows a detachable battery (every other rarity in the latest cellphone world) and a MicroSD slot.

 Nokia 1

The screen at the Nokia 1 is functional and responsive. However, it lacks the clarity of monitors on extra highly-priced handsets way to its lowly 854 x 480 decision. It’s nonetheless appropriate sufficient to study text, view images and play games on even though, you are just now not going to be dazzled with eye-popping color or contemporary snap shots.

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  • Camera and battery

As you may count on from a sub-$100 phone with a 5MP rear snapper and a 2MP front presenting, the cameras on the Nokia 1 are not going to win you any pictures awards.

That said, they do paintings, and you can take social media-worthy shots with the Nokia 1. There’s a bit little bit of sluggish down inside the digicam app, but it’s far purposeful.

Meanwhile, the 2,150mAh battery is removable, permitting you to purchase a replacement/spare, so if the first one runs out you could without problems swap it for a totally charged energy %.

There’s no fast charging choice via the micro USB port on the bottom of the device, though, so if you’re strolling low and in want of a pinnacle up, you’ll be patient.

Nokia 1

The Nokia 1 has a 5MP rear digicam and 2MP the front snapper

Performance and interface

Performance on the Nokia 1 isn’t exquisite. However, it is not seeking to be. The intention of the Nokia 1 is to offer a practical Android cellphone at a low price that works properly.

There are many low-cost rivals from greater obscure brands that commonly have a diffusion of different issues. The Nokia 1 is looking to offer a simple alternative that can take a bit longer to load but will paint how you need it.

The assure of it working is in part down to the lighter model of Android the cellphone is jogging. It runs Google’s Android One Go platform that is particularly tailored to lower-strength devices. Key apps such as Maps, Assistant, and the File Manager have their personal “Go Edition” versions on the Nokia 1 to ensure they work.

Maps took a little while to load absolutely. However, it placed us appropriately, and we have been able to get navigation operating on it. Visually you wouldn’t be aware that that is a tailor-made version of Android, with the identical inventory look and sense which you get on the better powered Nokia telephones.

An FM radio is also protected inside the handset, along with your headphone wire acting as an antenna, which means there may be no want to purchase or circulate tune to get your fix. It’s also worth noting that while the Nokia 1 simplest comes with 8GB of the inner garage, the Go Edition Android software means over 5GB of available space so one can use. If it were going for walks, the standard model of Android, you’d be searching for around 2GB of usable area.

There’s additionally a microSD card slot, permitting you to construct on the inner storage with cards up to 128GB in length – giving the smartphone lots more flexibility. The Nokia 1 is likewise a part of the Android One scheme. You are assured the following two huge dessert updates and 3 years of safety updates, giving the telephone first-rate durability.

Nokia 1

The placement of the speaker on the rear isn’t the fine

Early verdict

The Nokia 1 gives something rather special – a strong Android phone experience for a function smartphone rate. That’s no longer smooth to come using nowadays.

It has its obstacles, however, we will receive them because of just how cheap this telephone is and who it’s centered at.