It's quite amazing what you can get smartphone-wise for under £100 these days, and Nokia has just added itself to the list with the new Nokia 1 Plus.
Yes, it's a terrible name because of – you know – OnePlus? But nonetheless we're happy to see the £89.99 phone come to the UK.
The 1 Plus (sigh) launches today and offers a 5.45-inch 18:9 IPS screen with fairly slim bezels for a budget handset, a quad-core MediaTek chipset, 8MP main camera with LED flash and 5MP selfie cam with Beautify feature.
It runs on Android Go based on Android 9 Pie, which is a slimmed-down version of Android for lower-end phones. The 1 Plus promises a stock-like experience with "no bloatware, skins or UI changes and no unnecessary pre-installed apps or hidden processes eating up battery life," plus "top-of-the-line security features like verified boot and an accessible dashboard for tracking and monitoring data consumption to keep your information safe."
The handset itself comes in red, blue and black and is coloured all the way through the polycarbonate shell rather than painted over the top – which means if you scratch it, it'll be the same colour underneath. The back panel also includes a "gorgeous textured nano-pattern at the back that cups the Nokia 1 Plus all the way to the display." You can make up your own mind on that one.
General Manager for HMD Global UK & Ireland, Sarah Edge (who should be working for Samsung with a name like that), comments:
"Many people in the UK, especially amongst the older generation, are looking to upgrade from a feature phone or from a basic smartphone to one that offers them a superior experience, but don’t want to pay a premium price tag.
The Nokia 1 Plus offers exactly this and we are excited to introduce a device which champions giving more people access to technology. With an upgraded rear camera, a bigger, brighter screen, and all the smartphone essentials and apps, the Nokia 1 Plus allows anyone to get and keep connected."
The phone is available from today for £89.99 from Carphone Warehouse. It'll also soon be available at other retailers and e-tailers including EE, Vodafone, O2, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, AO.com and Mobilephonesdirect.
What do you think of the Nokia 1 Plus? We're going with "good phone for the price, shame about the name."