The Nokia phone company HMD Global has announced the launch a new budget Android phone for the US market, which will be sold through the AT&T operator under the Nokia 3.1 A and through Cricket Wireless, a subsidiary of AT&T, with the Nokia 3.1 C model.
With a new release, HMD Global will continue its efforts to grow into the US market with at least so far affordable smartphone models. At the beginning of the year, it launched Nokia 3.1 Plus for Cricket and Nokia 2 V for Verizon.
Speaking on the partnership with AT&T, Maurizio Angelone, Vice President Americas, HMD Global, said:
“Our commitment to consumer choice, durability and reliability has proven to be the springboard we knew it would be, giving us the tools to succeed in this important segment of the North American market. We are excited to further expand our foothold in the United States by joining forces with the AT&T Prepaid Portfolio and delivering two new carrier-supported devices hot on the heels of multiple operator agreements and device announcements in the first quarter of 2019. This is key to providing North American consumers the freedom to choose the best Nokia phone for their needs with options on multiple carriers and at multiple price points.”
The company has already launched the Nokia 3.1 in other international markets but the new Nokia 3.1 A and 3.1 C are almost completely different in terms of specs.
Both the Nokia 3.1 A and 3.1 C shares the identical design, look and specifications. The phone comes with a 5.45-inch display and MediaTek Snapdragon 429 SoC. There is a single 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel fro.
The Nokia 3.1 packs 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot for memory expansion, and a battery with a capacity of 2,990 milliamps. One thing to note is that you get a USB-C port in the Nokia 3.1 A and 3.1 C which the company has not given in any of its budget phones such as the Nokia 1, 2, 3, and 4 series in Europe and elsewhere. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Nokia 3.1 A and 3.1 C are not part of Android One, unlike HMD Global’s internationally-sold Nokia smartphone models, but HMD Global promises an 18-month upgrade guarantee for phones.
Nokia 3.1 A will be sold through AT&T Prepaid starting June 10 and Nokia 3.1 C via Cricket Wireless (contract free) on June 14th. The biggest difference between Nokia 3.1 A and Nokia 3.1 C is the color: Nokia 3.1 A is available in black, Nokia 3.1 C in white.