Nokia is expending its range of smartphones for the US. The company is launching the Nokia 3.1A and Nokia 3.1C which are essentially the same phone, one for AT&T and the other one is for Cricket wireless. Also, don’t confuse the Nokia 3.1A and the Nokia 3.1C for the Nokia 3.1 which is a very different phone.
You may not know but the Nokia 3.1A is the first AT&T branded Nokia phone since the brand was bought by HMD Global.
The Nokia 3.1A and Nokia 3.1C are identical sans the color options and carrier branding on the back. Both the phones are powered by entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 429SoC, 2GB of RAM and both come with 32GB of internal storage. Also, the phones have 2,990mAh battery which I feel is a little on the smaller side. But given the power-efficient Snapdragon 429 SoC, things shouldn’t be all that bad.
One thing that’s really worth mentioning is the use of USB-C port on these phones. We are yet to see any other entry-level Android phone to come with USB-C port for data transfer and charging.
Unfortunately, neither of the phones come with Android One program, thanks to the carrier customization of the software. On the bright side, both the phones run on Android 9.0 which is the latest version of Android. Even though the phones have a bit of bloat, the experience is mostly stock, which without a doubt is a good thing.
While neither the Nokia 3.1A and Nokia 3.1C will get software updates as fast as other Nokia phones on the Android One program, the company promises to support both the phones for 18-months after their launch.
The Nokia 3.1A will also be available on Walmart stores starting June 10. If you are planning to get the Nokia 3.1C, you can head on to the Cricket store on June 14.
I personally feel the the phones are good value for money. If you are looking for an entry-level Android phone, you really cannot go wrong with either of these.