The $159 Nokia 3.1 is now available in the U.S. from Amazon, Best Buy

Late last month, Nokia took the wraps off of three new mid-to-low range Android phones. One of the handsets the company announced, the Nokia 3.1 (or Nokia 3 (2018)), is now officially up for pre-order in the United States.

The Nokia 3.1 is an Android One phone, meaning that it comes with a Google-endorsed build of Android and promises for fast software updates and regular security patches. Powering the handset is the octa-core MediaTek 6750 processor and 2GB RAM.

Android One promises some performance and consistency not typically seen at this price.

You get 16GB of storage for saving local files, and if that's not enough room, you can easily expand it with a microSD card. There's also a 13MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front camera, and a 2990mAh battery.

On the front of the Nokia 3.1 is a modern-feeling 18:9 screen that measures in at 5.2-inches with a resolution of 1440x720. The back is made out of polycarbonate, but an aluminum frame adds some welcome heft and a premium feel to the phone — and really, at this price you don't expect anything more than that. The Nokia 3.1 comes in three colors — black, blue and white — with different accenting metal frame colors.

The Nokia 3.1 carries a price tag of just $159, and pre-orders are live on Amazon right now with Best Buy and B&H to follow. If you'd rather wait for the instant gratification of having it arrive right after ordering, the phone officially launches in the U.S. on July 2.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Would have this over a J3 any day.
    I have the 6.1 and it's a good honest phone, if this is the same quality it will be a bargain.
  • How does it compare to the Moto G6?
  • I'm guessing but I would say very similar to the G6 Play.
    The Nokia will have software more to my taste the G6 may have a better camera.
  • It doesn't have as many LTE bands and doesn't have the T Mobile low frequency bands (the new large spectrum they aquired). Nokia 3.1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 28, 38, 40
    Moto G6: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66 Source:
  • Interesting how many of the important specs haven't been published anywhere, Nokia site included. I imagine this is similar to the Honor 7X with a single band, 2.4 gHz WiFi radio and lacks NFC, though I guess that's to be expected for the price
  • It comes with dual band Wi-Fi, but no NFC for American version (only available on EMEA and APAC markets).
    This is a lower segment than the Honor 7X, though
  • Neither of those strike me as particularly important to the kind of person who's buying a low-end phone.
  • I have no reference points in my head for this MediaTek processor. I wonder which Qualcomm it's most similar to.
    I suspect this phone would be more similar to the E5 play.
  • I think this compares more favorably to the G6 Play.
    For the record, that Mediatek 6750 is comparable to Qualcomm's SD 430/435. Should do well on a 720p display (the Nokia 6 from last year and regular Moto G5 had SD430 and 1080p displays)
  • Come ON, HMD - why won't you give North America your higher-end devices?
  • Most Americans default with iPhones and Galaxies on the high end.
    Sad but sales prove that each quarter. More competition never hurts, though
  • Not enough consumer interest. Simple.
  • Well you need to sell through carriers and support CDMA if you want to be successful. Samsung and Apple are about the only companies with flagship phones on all the carriers. Moto got their z2 force all 4 major ones but it was a terrible device.
  • LG has phones on all the carriers, and LG isn't successful. Carrier buy-in does does not equate to consumer interest.
  • Why would HMD Global release a low budget phone here in the US. Why not the Nokia8, the 6.1 or the 7plus. This doesn't make any sense. Unless this is some kind of experiment. I'm very surprised & disappointed!
  • The 6.1 is available in the US. I have it.. . Great device. Although to your point the other models would've been nice. The 7 plus appears to be the star of the show for them this year.