HMD Global today in Barcelona unveiled a new hero device for the budget part of the market – the Nokia 1 Plus. The Nokia 1 Plus is HMD Global’s third Android Go device and one of the first phones coming out of the box with Android 9 Pie Go Edition. Android GO is a special version of Android optimized for lower end hardware, making budget devices run better, take less memory and offer a better experience overall, even though it will always be constrained by the price.
Nokia 1 Plus comes with a polycarbonate shell design, meaning you can easily switch different back covers of the device. The shell has a textured nano-pattern, achieved using 3D tooling. The 1 Plus features a 5.45 inch 18:9 display, with a sub-HD resolution, but reasonable for the price point. A bigger screen means more content displayed on the screen, which will fit perfectly with better optimizations and lower memory usage of Android 9 Pie Go Edition.
The phone features MediaTek’s MT6739WW SoC (4 X 1.5GHz) and 1GB of RAM. There are also 8GB of internal storage on-board, with expandable storage option via MicroSD card. Under the hood we have a 2500mAh battery, which might seem low for today’s standards, but you have to consider the lower end hardware and Android Pie Go Edition.
The back camera has 8MP and autofocus, and a 5MP front camera. The camera also has a “beautify” option for better selfies. The 1 Plus also has FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.2, no NFC, but a headphone jack.
Nokia 1 Plus will be available from mid-March for a global retail price for 99 dollars (87 euros) in Black, Red, and Blue.
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