Nokia 3.2 Review: A Budget Phone With Stock Android and Massive Battery

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HMD Global’s bet on the pure stock Android using the Android One tag has worked out well in the Indian market. Nokia has been launching its phones with the latest Android version which comes with a clean UI impressing the users who like a pure Android experience. These users love Nokia phones owing to their amazing display quality, impressive performance and more reasons. There is also a new device in the Nokia line-up which fills the shoes for a budget segment phone this year, and it is the Nokia 3.2 If you are wondering, whether the Nokia 3.2 is the right choice for you then, look no further because we have got you covered.

Nokia 3.2 Review: Highlights and Design

Nokia 3.2 undoubtedly becomes one of the cheapest devices in the Indian market right now to offer the pure stock Android experience to the users under the Rs 15,000 price tag. It runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and offers its latest features like Digital Wellbeing and more. It is also likely to be one of the first devices to receive the Android Q update when it is rolled out. Also, speaking about the design of the phone, the Nokia 3.2 presents good aesthetics with a glass-like finish on the rear side and a camera module and fingerprint sensor. Even though this phone does not offer very different colour options, it looks and feels good for a budget smartphone.

Nokia 3.2 Review: Display and Battery

The Nokia 3.2 uses a 6.26-inch HD+ display which stands at par with all the other phones out there in this segment. The adaptive display of the Nokia 3.2 also does a commendable job of adjusting to light indoors and outdoors. Another plus point of the Nokia 3.2 is the 4000mAh battery which delivers a battery backup to last you an entire day. Also, the Android 9 Pie’s adaptive battery feature optimises the battery usage to get you more juice out of the 4000mAh cell.

Nokia 3.2 Review: Performance

The only area where the users might feel that the Nokia 3.2 falls short is performance and this is owing to the Snapdragon 429 SoC which the phone packs. At this price range, it is easy to find phones with Snapdragon 660 or even Snapdragon 710 processor, meaning that the users of Nokia 3.2 could feel a little disappointed while running resource-intensive apps.

Nokia 3.2 Review: Camera and Imaging

This device also misses out on a dual rear camera setup, which has become mainstream even in the budget segment these days. The single rear camera is a 13MP sensor which offers Google Lens integration. In low-light, the phone is unable to click sharp images, and it can be said that HMD Global can use some improvement in the camera department of this device given that a lot of phones are now boasting of 48MP sensors.

Nokia 3.2 Review: Verdict

Summarising, it can be said that the Nokia 3.2 excels on the software and UI front owing to the clean stock Android experience and the Android One tag. In terms of battery and design also, the phone stands at par with a lot of its competition. However, the few drawbacks which this device has includes the sub-par performance and camera. At the price range of Rs 10,790 which will get you the 3GB variant of the Nokia 3.2, there are other phones which the buyers might consider like the Redmi Note 7 or the Realme 3 Pro.

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Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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