The Nokia 1 comes with Android Go, a build of the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 8.1 Oreo that’s designed to run efficiently on low-end and entry-level smartphones like the Nokia One. That means you get the latest software features available in the Android ecosystem on a phone that costs less than a hundred dollars. Fair bargain, if you ask me.
The Nokia 1 also brings something back from the old Nokia we all knew — Nokia Xpress-on covers that make it as easy as a case swap to change the look of your smartphones. This is made possible by the design of the device, which has the front covered in black bezels and a silver frame, and the entire back and part of the frame covered by the Xpress-on cover. That way, you can simply use an Xpress-on cover with another colour of your choice, and you get a fresh-looking device.
Other features of the phone are pretty basic, but they’re not disappointing. The display is covered with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD FWVGA screen and the phone is 9.5 millimetres thick, even though the battery has a capacity of only 2,150mAh.
The Nokia 1 is powered by a 1.1GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor paired with a Mali-T720 GPU. It has 1GB of RAM for multi-tasking and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via its external hybrid micro-SD/Nano-SIM slot.
Its 5MP main camera takes decent shots that are brightened by its accompanying LED flash, but you can’t expect much from the 2MP camera on the front. For a budget smartphone, the Nokia One supports a wide range of (global) 4G LTE bands, even more than you would find on a far more expensive high-end smartphone.
Nokia 1 Specs
- 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with FWVGA (480 * 854) pixel resolution.
- Dimensions: 133.6 * 67.8 * 9.5 mm.
- 1.1GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737M Processor.
- Mali-T720 GPU.
- 1GB RAM.
- 8GB Internal Memory, expandable up to 128GB via microSD.
- 5MP Rear Camera with Autofocus and LED Flash.
- 2MP Front Camera.
- Hybrid Micro/Nano SIM Slot.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE.
- 2,150mAh battery.
- Android 8.1 Oreo (Android Go).