Nokia 7 Plus is the most affordable smartphone with ARCore support

The $159 Nokia 3.1 comes to the US July 2

Nokia 3.1 lands July 2 for a ridiculous $159

At $159, the Nokia 3.1 could be a great backup handset, or even a solid daily driver for someone who doesn't want to fork over a lot of cash for a new handset. Nevertheless, several Nokia phones in China offer proper facial recognition too, such as the Nokia X6, delivering seamless unlocking.

HMD Global - the firm behind the resurgence in Nokia-branded smartphones - had already confirmed that it would be bringing face unlock to the new Nokia 6.1 at a later date, but it's good to see the company rolling out the feature to more of its devices. The display is protected by 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a Nokia logo on the top right corner. The dual diamond cuts are complemented by the metal accents to provide a premium look to the handset.

HMD Global CPO Juho Sarvikas has recently confirmed which current Nokia devices support Google ARCore, but a quick check of Google's official list shows a new device, the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Nokia 3 June update is 87.5 MB in size and you need to be on WiFi to download and install it.

Usually the only decent U.S. phones in this price range are found in Motorola's lineup, but the Nokia 3.1 is cheaper than anything from Motorola and should be a bit faster. It can be noted that Nokia phones have been the fastest to get Google's monthly security firmware and major software updates compared to any other brands in the market. Just the right size for single handed use, it now packs a larger 5.2-inch HD+ display which is protected by damage resistant 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to keep it attractive for longer. The baseline Nokia 3.1 also comes with 2GB or RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2990mAh battery. Speaking of U.S. limitations, it doesn't seem like the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant will come to the United States either.

Most importantly, though, this device is a part of the Android One program.

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