Nokia 4.2 VS Nokia 3.2 VS Nokia 1 Plus – HMD Global introduces a new line of budget-friendly smartphones to start the year. The Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus are the three new smartphones released during the Mobile World Congress 2019. All three phones have unique features and also similar features. So this comparison will help us understand how they relate to one another.
Nokia 4.2 VS Nokia 3.2 VS Nokia 1 Plus – Design
The Nokia 4.2 being the most expensive of the trio features a front and back glass with a polycarbonate frame. While the Nokia 3.2 features a polycarbonate unibody with only front glass. And the Nokia 1 Plus features just a polycarbonate frame with the removable back made of plastic with a matte finish. Both the Nokia 4.2 and 3.2 comes with teardrop notch which houses their front-facing camera. Whereas the Nokia 1 Plus comes with a thick bezel at the top which features its front-facing camera.
The slimmest of the trio is the Nokia 4.2 which measures 8.4 mm thick. While both the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus measures the same 8.6 mm in thickness. Both the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 (3GB/32GB variant) features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner below their vertically aligned rear camera at the top centre. The Nokia 1 Plus doesn’t have the fingerprint scanner, which shouldn’t surprise most users given the price tag of the device.
Nokia 4.2 VS Nokia 3.2 VS Nokia 1 Plus – Display
The display of all three budget Nokia phones features LCD screens. The screen of the Nokia 3.2 is bigger with a 6.26 inches size. The Nokia 4.2 packs a 5.71 inches screen. But the display resolution on the Nokia 4.2 is the same on the Nokia 3.2. The 720 x 1520 pixels resolution on the Nokia 4.2 will be sharper thanks to its smaller screen size. The Nokia 1 Plus is last in this category with a 5.45 inches screen size and 480 x 960 pixels resolution.
The Nokia 4.2 is the only one that sports a dual rear camera setup. The camera setup features a main 13 MP sensor alongside a secondary 2 MP depth sensor. The Nokia 3.2 lacks the secondary depth sensor, it features just the main 13 MP sensor. While the Nokia 1 Plus comes last with an 8 MP camera. The Nokia 4.2 camera features a bokeh effect with blurred background.
For selfies, the Nokia 4.2 still leads thanks to an 8 MP selfie shooter. Whereas the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus sports a 5 MP selfie shooter.
The Nokia 4.2 leads in hardware with its Snapdragon 439 chipset. Closely behind is the Nokia 3.2 with the Snapdragon 429 chipset. While the Nokia 1 Plus has to make do with Mediatek MT6739WW chipset. The chipset on the Nokia 1 Plus features only four cores processor. Whereas, you get the usual eight cores processor on the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2.
In terms of memory, the Nokia 1 Plus features only a 1 GB RAM variant, which can be supported with either an 8 GB storage or a 16 GB storage. While the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2 features the same memory variants; 2 GB RAM with 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage.
HMD Global (maker of Nokia-branded phones) software alliance with Google means all three devices come with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. Even 2017s & 2018s Nokia’s smartphones have been receiving the Android 9 Pie updates. This software strategy has helped the growth of the brand in a lot of ways. The Nokia 1 Plus runs on the lite version of the Android 9.0 Pie which is called ‘Go edition’.
The Nokia 3.2 comes with a bigger battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. While the Nokia 4.2 packs a 3,000 mAh battery. And the Nokia 1 Plus falls short with a 2,500 mAh battery. The battery of the Nokia 1 Plus is actually removable. While the others are non-removable.
The Nokia 3.2 is priced around $145. While the Nokia 4.2 at $169. And the Nokia 1 Plus at $100. The Nokia 1 Plus is in a different league entirely as it’s a phone for users on very tight budget. The Nokia 3.2 features bigger screen size and battery capacity than the Nokia 4.2. And in return the Nokia 4.2 comes with a better hardware and camera. It’s about preference here, I love smartphones with good battery life but the Quad-Core processor on the Nokia 3.2 is a huge turn off for me. So I’ll go with the Nokia 4.2.