Till now most of the offerings from Nokia were for those customers who were looking for premium phones with premium features. However, this time Nokia has decided to make a shift, as it has launched a product that is specifically meant for budget customers. Nokia has launched Nokia 3.2 in India, which is meant for entry-level customers. Previously, HMD global failed to make any inroads to the budget segment, but this time, Nokia has tried something different. We will discuss Nokia 3.2 in this article, and based on that review you can decide whether you should buy this phone or not.
The first thing that you should know about this mobile, its hardware has got Android One certification. It simply means that you can blindly trust on the hardware of Nokia 3.2, as it is certified by none other than Google. Somehow this Android One tag plays an important role in marketing the phone in the Indian market. As a result, most of the models certified as Android One clicked well in the market. We expect the same for Nokia 3.2 as well. One of the best parts of Nokia is its clean user interface that gives pure Android experience to the users. Most of the Nokia phones are known for their amazing display, powerful camera and stellar performance. We need to see if Nokia 3.2 is the same in the budget segment. This actually defines the brand Nokia as well.
It’s one of the cheapest Android devices in the market, with a price tag of Rs. 8,499. The phone will have the latest version of Android, that is Android Pie or Android 9.0, and is packed with a host of Nokia applications, which can deliver an elevated user experience. Also, Nokia confirms that the devices are being guaranteed to receive the Android Q update when it is officially released. The rear side of the phone has got a glass finish, which delivers a glossy look just like a pricey premium phone. Also, the camera module and the fingerprint sensor are located at the back. Yes, you heard it right, at this price you get a fingerprint sensor as well. Now, that is a real bonanza for the Nokia 3.2 users. The design is not exactly elegant, but looks are too good for a budget phone.
Nokia 3.2 has got a 6.26-inch screen. The screen is HD+ and is the best in this segment. It has got an adaptive display, which means the display will adjust the brightness accordingly in the indoor and the outdoor setting. While checking this phone, we did manage to test the adaptive display, and we found that works perfectly. It has got a mammoth battery, with 4000mAh. The battery is quite powerful, and it can guarantee a day’s backup. Surprisingly, Nokia has managed to provide a powerful battery at this price range. Also, with Android 9 you can get more from the battery, owing to its adaptive battery feature.
When it comes to performance, it might not be the best in the segment, as the phone comes with Snapdragon 429 SoC. There are phones in the same price segment, which comes with Snapdragon 710 or Snapdragon 660 processor, both of them are much better in terms of performance. Hence, we can say that this is the biggest disappointment of this phone. You may not be able to run the resource hungry apps on this mobile, or maybe you should not consider this for high-end gaming.
Since this is a budget offering, it only has a single camera setup at the rear. I think it would not be wise to expect a dual camera or triple camera setup at this price. It has got a single rear camera with 13 MP sensor. The good thing is, the rear camera integrates well with Google Lens. The low light photography on this phone is miserable. The images are blurry, and not sharp at all. This is another disappointing fact of Nokia 3.2. Again, this was not expected as well from Nokia, since HMD Global is known for providing powerful cameras. We guess Nokia need to refine its rear camera through software updates, which can at least raise the standard a bit. The rear comes with a flash as well. It has got a 5MP front camera, without any flash. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. However, one can expand the memory up to 256 GB, through memory card. Nokia 3.2 will have dual sim slots, where each of the slots will support one 4G SIM. In terms of connectivity, it is going to have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Glonass and micro-USB. This phone has got Face Unlock, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Sensor, Accelerometer and Fingerprint Sensor.
Now we have reviewed the Nokia 3.2, we can tell who can buy this phone or who must not. Well, if you are looking for a phone with a large display, powerful battery and simple UI, then definitely this phone is for you. But, if you are looking for a decent camera phone with decent performance, then this phone is not for you. Even though in the budget segment, there are many phones available which have got a decent camera and decent performance. Also, the price is a bit on the higher side, in comparison to the other budget phones which definitely offers more. It needs to be seen whether Nokia 3.2 can beat Redmi in its own game.
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