Finnish tech giant HMD Global has successfully resurrected the Nokia brand in India by offering devices that have the same durability and build quality as old Nokia phones. Now, the company is trying to gain a substantial market share in the affordable smartphone segment in India by launching reasonably-priced smartphones with promised upgrades to new versions of Android, as well as long-term software support. The latest product to further this endeavour is the Nokia 3.2, which comes with the biggest HD+ display for the price, a two-day battery life and Android 9 Pie.
Design and display
The very first thing you notice when you take the Nokia 3.2 in your hand is its weight – it’s almost weightless. Encased in a plastic frame, the Nokia 3.2 feels a little cheap, however, it does look sleek with its minimalistic design both on the front and rear.
The smartphone comes with a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The 6.2-inch display is larger than that of the Nokia 4.2, which has a 5.71-inch display. There is a tiny teardrop notch at the top. The phone is big in size, so much so that it’s simply impossible to use it with just one hand. There is a dedicated Google Assistant button – a feature hard to find in the sub-Rs 10k segment. A single press opens up the Google Assistant, a double press opens up contextual information based on your activity and location and a long press activates what Nokia call the walkie-talkie mode, which can be used for long sentence queries – it basically allows the Google Assistant to listen to you until you release the button.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Nokia 3.2 is easily suitable for light to moderate tasks. It’s also one of the first Nokia smartphones to include a notification light – the power button comes to life to alert you of notifications. It’s a useful feature but only when the phone is in your sight.
The Nokia 3.2 comes with a large 4,000mAh battery. And thanks to the Adaptive Battery feature introduced in Android 9 Pie, it can manage background applications using AI and learns from user behaviour to know when to intensify power delivery for specific apps or processes.
The Nokia 3.2 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box. It belongs to the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones of Android One family. The smartphone offers three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates.Sporting a single lens camera, the Nokia 3.2 is not a camera powerhouse and has a minimal camera setup as compared to the slightly expensive Nokia 4.2, which comes with a dual camera setup. The 13MP single camera of the Nokia 3.2 captures decent-looking pictures. And while the images aren’t very detailed, they’re just fine for your social media needs. The 5MP front camera is good enough for video calling and Snapchat selfies.
The Nokia 3.2’s camera captures decent images but misses out details.
With its 4,000mAh, which is bigger than most flagship devices, the Nokia 3.2 can easily deliver a day and a half of phone usage, thanks to the Android Pie operating system’s adaptive battery and adaptive brightness features.
Overall, the Nokia 3.2 is a competent, affordable smartphone that’s suitable for consumers looking for a large battery to fuel their multimedia needs. And given its relatively low price, its display and battery life are indeed impressive.