In early 2019, Nokia unveiled one of its most highly anticipated mid-range smartphones, the Nokia 1. While it may not claim the title of Nokia’s all-time masterpieces, the Nokia 1 stands out as one of their finest offerings in the mid-range category for the year.
Price in Nigeria:
The Nokia 1 is currently available in Nigeria, with prices starting at N44,000, depending on the vendor and specific model. Factors such as currency exchange rates and the timing of purchase can also influence the final price. The smartphone is readily accessible both in physical stores and through various e-commerce platforms.
- Release Date: March 2019
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie (Go edition)
- Screen Size: 5.45 inches, 76.7 cm2 (~75.1% screen-to-body ratio)
- Display: 480 x 960 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~197 ppi density)
- RAM: 1 GB
- Internal Memory: 8 GB/16 GB; expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
- Processor: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
- Networks: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Main Camera: 8 MP, AF
- Front Camera: 5 MP
- Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
- Other Features: Accelerometer, proximity
Body and Design:
The Nokia 1 boasts a plastic build, which may not exude the premium feel of metal, but it keeps the phone lightweight and durable. The design includes a modestly sized display with noticeable bezels, adhering to the typical mid-range smartphone aesthetic.
With a 5.45-inch IPS display, the Nokia 1 offers a smooth and sharp visual experience. Although it falls short of Full HD resolution, the FWVGA+ display provides satisfactory quality for its category. The 18:9 aspect ratio enhances the phone’s overall sleekness.
While the Nokia 1’s 8 MP rear camera may not compete with Nokia’s flagship models, it delivers decent results. However, autofocus performance is sluggish, especially in challenging lighting conditions. The front-facing 5 MP camera may leave enthusiasts desiring more, given recent advancements in front camera technology.
Equipped with a 2,500mAh battery, the Nokia 1 ensures sufficient power for extended talk time and music playback. It lacks fast-charging capabilities, which is expected considering its pricing and features.
Operating System and Processor:
The Nokia 1 runs on a basic Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, providing adequate power for everyday tasks. It operates on Android Pie (Go edition) and offers 1 GB of RAM, complemented by 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage. Users can expand storage up to 128 GB using a microSD card.
Pros and Cons:
- Affordable Price: The Nokia 1 offers commendable features at a reasonable price, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers.
- Durability: The removable cover harks back to Nokia’s heritage, and the phone’s robust build ensures longevity.
- Limited Storage: Those seeking ample internal memory may need to explore alternative mid-range options.
- Modest Front Camera: With a 5 MP front shooter, the Nokia 1 falls short in comparison to competitors offering superior front camera capabilities.
The Nokia 1 presents a compelling option in the mid-range smartphone market of 2019. While it may not deliver groundbreaking features, its affordability, durability, and respectable performance make it a viable choice for budget-conscious consumers. For those willing to stretch their budget slightly, there are certainly superior options available in the market