It's no secret that HMD Global, the Finnish startup that makes Nokia's Android phones, focuses most of its efforts on producing mid-to-mid price equipment. The company highlighted this focus at the Mobile World Congress 2019, which featured five smartphones, four of which cost less than $ 200. Although it's the fifth mobile phone to catch your eye with the five cameras on the back – you can find out more about the Nokia 9 PureView here – the new line of budget cell phones offers compelling options for those who do not want to spend much.  Here's what you should know about the new Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus and a feature phone, the Nokia 210.
As Motorola and its new Moto G7 series HMD is focused on, its latest budget phones look good. The Nokia 4.2 has narrow bezels on the sides of the screen as well as a teardrop top. There is a "chin" or lower bezel bearing the Nokia logo. It's a polycarbonate frame with a metal unibody, but the back and front are covered with glass for a more first-class feel.
On the back there is a fingerprint sensor under a system with two cameras. Its 1
The Nokia 4.2 has a 5.71-inch screen with HD + resolution and a 19: 9 aspect ratio. Its size makes it very compact and the phone is not too thick. It's under the Android One program, which means that Android 9 Pie will run out of stock with no bloatware, and it will get version updates for two years and security updates for three years. All of this is supported by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 439 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. There is also a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage option. You should expect enough power to do a handful of tasks, but not much else. In our short time, we noticed that the phone occasionally stuttered and just moved around the operating system, so heavy gaming is not good.
In addition to a headphone jack, HMD has added an NFC chip so you can use the phone for contactless payments through Google Pay. This is something you will not find on Motorola's latest US cheap phones. There's also a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left edge of the phone that lets you quickly chat with the Smart Voice Assistant, a new feature on HMD phones. Double tap the button to get a visual overview of your day. This means that you can quickly get an overview of Gmail's reservation in Gmail, reminders, traffic information, and more.
There's a 3,000 mAh battery for that, but unfortunately the phone uses a MicroUSB port to charge instead of the more universal and versatile USB-C port.
The Nokia 4.2 costs $ 199 for the 3 GB RAM version and $ 169 for the 2 GB RAM model Moto G7. It's available in pink sand or in black color options, and HMD has not yet announced whether the phone will come to the US, but we know it will go to Europe in April.
The Nokia 3.2, as the name implies, is even cheaper than the Nokia 4.2, although it has a larger 6.26 inch screen (even with a drop notch). The killer feature here is the 4,000 mAh battery, which according to HMD should keep the phone running for two full days.
It's a bigger screen, but it has a similar HD + resolution and a 19: 9 aspect ratio. It's also an Android One phone running Android 9 Pie. However, there is a weaker Snapdragon 429 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of memory. As with the Nokia 4.2 is also a memory model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB available.
We're not fans of the back design, which looks a bit boring, but the build quality feels solid. This phone also has a special Google Assistant button on the left side and an LED on the right side on / off button to indicate when notifications arrive. On the bottom there is a MicroUSB port to charge the massive battery.
On the front there is a 5-megapixel camera, on the back there is only a 13-megapixel camera, on which no fingerprint sensor is visible. Instead, the phone uses the front camera for facial recognition, although this is not safe enough to unlock bank apps or authenticate purchases (this is also the case with Nokia 4.2).
The Nokia 3.2 will be commercially available for $ 169 for the 3GB RAM option or $ 139 for the 2GB RAM model. It will be available in Europe from April, but it is not yet known about availability in the US.
Nokia 1 Plus
HMD's first Android Go smartphone was Nokia 1, which was launched last year. Android Go is a lighter, smaller version of Android designed for phones with 1GB of RAM or less. Most preinstalled apps are go-apps such as Google Go, Google Maps Go, or even Google Assistant Go. These apps require less processing power and require less storage space. This is useful because these phones have low internal memory. The latest Android Go phone is the Nokia 1 Plus. It's an oversized version of the original from 2018.
The Nokia 1 Plus has a 5.45-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 (its predecessor has a 4.5-inch screen) screen) as close as normal "plus-size phones". It's easy to operate with one hand, and the software used is Android Go (Pie Edition). Unlike Android One phones, Android Go phones do not have the same commitment to version and security updates. So do not expect the same kind of software support. The screen is surrounded by chunky panels and has a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera has 8 megapixels.
The back of the phone features a 3D nanopattern design that provides extra support. It's still removable (there are several color options that allow you to choose the back side), and that also means you can remove the 2500 mAh battery. Around the phone you will find a headphone jack and a MicroUSB port. All devices are supported by a MediaTek processor (MT6739WW) with 1GB of RAM. So do not expect fast performance.
HMD sells the phone for $ 99 for the 8 GB storage option. There is no word on whether it will come to the US, but it will arrive in Europe in early March.