Nokia 3.4 Review: Promising or Just Promises?

Nokia 3.4 Review: Promising or Just Promises?


HMD Global just lately launched two smartphones in India, the Nokia 3.Four and the Nokia 5.4. We have already examined the Nokia 5.4, which scored some factors for design however did not actually again that up with efficiency. When I bought to the Nokia 3.4, I puzzled if it could really feel the identical. This budget-friendly mannequin is priced at Rs. 11,999 in India. It has a extra modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor and a smaller 4,000mAh battery, which could put it at an obstacle in comparison with others at this worth stage, however what it has going for it’s the promise of assured software program updates, which is uncommon. Should you think about the Nokia 3.4? Let’s discover out.

 

Nokia 3.Four design

The very first thing I observed in regards to the Nokia 3.4 was its construct high quality. It is made out of polycarbonate but it surely feels strong within the hand. The show measures 6.39 inches and has a 19.5:9 facet ratio which makes it tall and slender. Holding the Nokia 3.Four is not a lot of a problem however I could not simply attain the highest of the show whereas utilizing the telephone single-handed. HMD Global provides a hole-punch design whereas most of its opponents nonetheless sport a notch for the entrance digicam. There are noticeable bezels throughout, however the thick chin with the Nokia brand will catch your consideration.

The energy button is positioned barely above the midpoint on the body and is handy to succeed in whereas holding the machine. The quantity buttons are positioned above the ability button, and these too could be reached while not having to shuffle the telephone within the hand. On the other aspect sits the devoted Google Assistant button with the SIM tray above it. The Nokia 3.Four has two Nano-SIM slots and a devoted microSD slot for storage enlargement.

A devoted button on the left makes it simple to summon the Google Assistant.

 

The rear panel has a textured end which retains it free from fingerprints. There is a fingerprint scanner which is nicely positioned, and my finger rested on it naturally whereas holding the telephone. The round digicam module on the again is just not a quite common design aspect and does stand out. The Nokia 3.Four has a triple digicam setup, and the ring does not protrude an excessive amount of, which is an efficient factor. This telephone is not too thick both and ideas the scales at 180g which is lighter than among the different smartphones on this worth vary.

The Nokia 3.Four has a USB Type-C port on the backside together with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the loudspeaker. HMD Global ships a 5W charger within the field together with a clear case. The Nokia 3.Four is obtainable in three colors: Fjord, Dusk, and Charcoal. I had the Dusk color variant which has a purple end to it. You might go for Fjord in case you like a flashy color or Charcoal in case you prefer to maintain issues easy.

Nokia 3.Four specs and software program

The Nokia 3.Four has an HD+ decision show which is widespread for a smartphone at this worth, although there are a number of exceptions such because the Redmi 9 Power (Review) and the Poco M3 (Review) which each have full-HD+ shows. HMD Global has picked the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 and paired it with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There aren’t any different variants. Thankfully, storage is expandable utilizing the devoted microSD card slot. You get a 4,000mAh battery, which is barely smaller than what many of the competitors as of late packs. HMD Global has priced the Nokia 3.Four at Rs. 11,999 which places it up towards some fierce competitors.

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The Nokia 3.Four is presently working Android 10 however is assured to get updates

 

The Nokia 3.Four has assist for Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, 4 satellite tv for pc navigation programs, and twin 4G VoLTE. In phrases of software program, it runs clear inventory Android, and it’s a part of the Android One programme. It presently ships with Android 10 and my unit had the February Android safety patch which is excellent. HMD Global claims that the Nokia 3.Four is prepared for Android 11, and primarily based on the phrases of the Android One programme, it should ultimately get an replace to Android 12. This places the Nokia 3.Four far forward of the competitors, since finances smartphones not often get something past one Android model improve. There aren’t any bloatware apps on the smartphone, and the UI could be very simple to make use of. For somebody who prefers inventory Android, the Nokia 3.Four can be interesting, however in case you like having extra options and customisations, you will miss them on this telephone.

Nokia 3.Four efficiency and battery life

The Nokia 3.Four has sufficient {hardware} to deal with day-to-day duties. With 4GB of RAM, you will not actually face any points until you might be multitasking between heavy apps. The Snapdragon 460 is fast to load small apps however you will want to attend for it to load heavier ones. I discovered the fingerprint scanner to be fast to unlock the smartphone and it by no means wanted a couple of try. There is face recognition as nicely, which labored shortly even in several lighting situations.

I ran our customary set of benchmarks to see the place the Nokia 3.Four stands in comparison with different telephones in its worth vary. In AnTuTu, the Nokia 3.Four managed 1,49,404 factors, whereas it scored 256 and 1,289 factors respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core exams. These scores have been decrease than these of the Redmi 9 Power and the Poco M3. As for graphics, the Nokia 3.Four scored 37fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex scene and 9.6fps within the Car Chase scene.

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The triple digicam setup on the Nokia 3.Four sits inside a round module

 

I performed Call of Duty Mobile on the Nokia 3.Four and it defaulted to the High graphics preset and Medium body fee. The sport was playable at these settings with none points. After taking part in for 15 minutes, the telephone confirmed a battery drop of 5 %. I additionally discovered that it bought heat to the contact across the digicam module.

The Nokia 3.Four packs in a comparatively small 4,000mAh battery however you’ll nonetheless have the ability to get by means of not less than one full day on one cost. However, charging could be very sluggish when utilizing the bundled 5W charger. I might solely get the telephone to 16 % in 30 minutes, and it solely hit 33 % after an hour. Charging the telephone fully took over three hours, which is sluggish by at present’s requirements. You can use the next rated charger to get higher outcomes. Other reasonably priced smartphones such because the Realme Narzo 30A include an 18W charger within the field.

Nokia 3.Four cameras

You get a triple digicam setup on the Nokia 3.4, consisting of a 13-megapixel major digicam, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle digicam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, this telephone has an 8-megapixel shooter. The digicam app could be very primary and you may swipe throughout the viewfinder to modify between the completely different capturing modes. You get a Night mode, Portrait mode, and beautification choices within the default digicam app, but it surely appears restricted in comparison with the capturing choices you get on telephones with customized apps such because the Poco M3.

Photos taken with the Nokia 3.Four gave the impression to be first rate on the telephone’s personal display, however on magnifying them, there was seen grain even on objects shut to the digicam. Background components lacked sharpness and textual content wasn’t legible. Shooting utilizing the ultra-wide angle digicam resulted in a big loss intimately and a drop in distinction ranges, in addition to barrel distortion on the edges.

Nokia 3.Four daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Nokia 3.Four daylight wide-angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Close-up photographs turned out nicely with good particulars and a gentle background blur. In portrait photographs, the Nokia 3.Four might handle good edge detection and separated the topic from the background fairly nicely. The digicam app additionally enables you to set the extent of blur earlier than taking the shot.

Nokia 3.Four close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Nokia 3.Four portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

In low mild, the AI units the telephone up for an evening scene. It detects the scene shortly however takes over 4 seconds to seize it. The output wasn’t nice, and lots of element was misplaced within the shadows. The  Night mode does ship brighter pictures with considerably higher element within the shadows, however this nonetheless is not the most effective efficiency I’ve seen at this worth level.

Nokia 3.Four low-light digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Nokia 3.4 Night mode digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Selfies taken in daylight have been good, and also you do have the choice to shoot portraits utilizing the selfie digicam. The Nokia 3.Four managed good edge detection produced sharp outcomes open air within the day. Low-light selfies with no mild supply close by lacked element.

Nokia 3.Four portrait selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Nokia 3.Four low-light selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Video recording tops out at 1080p for the first in addition to the selfie digicam, however lacked stabilisation. I additionally discovered the smartphone to be a bit sluggish to meter mild whereas recording movies.

Verdict

The Nokia 3.Four is a well-built smartphone that guarantees assured Android updates. This will enchantment to an Android purist who appears to be like ahead to working the most recent software program with out spending considerably on a brand new smartphone. However, there’s nothing in regards to the Nokia 3.Four that stands out apart from this promise. The competitors provides larger batteries, quicker charging, higher shows, and higher digicam high quality.

If the enchantment of unpolluted software program and updates is much larger than every little thing else for you, the Nokia 3.Four ought to maintain you content. On the opposite hand, if you’d like higher options and efficiency, the Redmi 9 Power (Review) or the Poco M3 (Review) will doubtlessly fit your wants higher.

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