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Made its debut last February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, the entry-level Nokia 1 is now making its way to the Philippine shores, and is now available to purchase across the country.

READ: Nokia 1 with Android Go announced at MWC 2018

The Nokia 1 is equipped with Google’s Android Go platform, a lightweight version of Android designed to run on lower-spec’d smartphones (i.e. low memory, low storage).

Powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor and paired with 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal, expandable storage, the Nokia 1 is definitely an entry-level phone – however, this doesn’t mean that it performs sluggish, despite it being low-spec and being cheap.

Nokia 1 Front Display (Photo: Bryan Snow/AMG)

The phone has a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display, which may not be gorgeous, but still better than most of the budget phones at this price range. The colors are vivid, the images look sharp and most of all, it is pleasant to view in the eyes, since it is an IPS display.

Nokia 1 App Drawer (Photo: Bryan Snow/AMG)

As it is an Android Go (not to be confused by Android One) edition smartphone, Google equips this phone with the ‘Go’ version of most of its apps, such as Gmail Go, YouTube Go and so on. While the lightweight apps are surely optimized for this kind of setup, if you like, you can still download the full version of an app on the Google Play Store – you still have the access there.

It has LTE modem on-board, meaning you can enjoy faster mobile data connections as well.

Photo: Eljay Reyes/AMG

The ‘Go’ apps are fast, and actually can get the job done although we’re missing some essential features as well. I’d recommend that you should stay on these ‘Go’ apps if you’re planning to get this one instead of downloading the full version. I’ve also recommend to install other Lite version of the popular apps such as Facebook and Messenger to minimize the impact of these apps on its performance (those apps are known to be resource-intensive, btw).

Nokia 1 (Back) [Photo: Bryan Snow/AMG]
The Xpress-on covers are making its comeback, bringing us again to the era of removable, easy-to-swap batteries and cases (nice). So many vibrant color options available, just get one, snap it there and boom – you already have a new phone color.

The back cover is made with polycarbonate material which seemed to be durable and can last several high-intensive drops. It seems that it’s ready to take on everyday knocks and bumps although it is not marketed as a rugged phone – do know that this was a known Nokia legend.

Nokia 1 Camera (Photo: Bryan Snow/AMG)

Finally, the cameras of the phone wasn’t much that great, but not also disappointing. It’s enough to do some selfies to upload on your Instagram or Facebook story, and enough to at least capture the moment in a well-lit environment (the cameras aren’t good in low-light, obviously), and of course, it’s also obvious that it’s not equipped with the best camera sensor out there considering its price, right?

Specifications and Features

Specs Nokia 1
Display 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display
Processor MediaTek MT6737M Quad-core processor @1.1GHz
Storage 8GB internal, expandable storage via microSD card up to 128GB
Rear Camera 5MP FF with LED flash
Front Camera 2MP FF
Battery 2150mAh removable battery
Connectivity, Wireless and Features Single Nano SIM, 3G, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack
Software Android Oreo™ (Go edition)
Dimensions 133.6 x 67.78 x 9.5mm


The Nokia 1 will retail here in the Philippines at PhP4,290 and is now available for purchase in two color variants: Warm Red and Dark Blue.