Gone are the days when mid-range smartphones were for the not-so-tech-savvy — technology has developed at a rapid pace over the last few years and these days a R2,000 smartphone can truly hold its own against its vastly more expensive flagship counterparts. If you’re looking for a new smartphone that is budget-friendly without compromising on specs then you’re in luck because Nokia has just announced the arrival of the new Nokia 3.1 smartphone in South Africa. Coming in at just over R2,000 this new device is sure to become a popular choice for those looking to escape the flagship phone rat race.

When it comes to specs, Nokia is taking things super seriously these days. Delivering a premium experience and quality Nokia smartphone craftsmanship, this Android device is endorsed by Google as having a best-in-class experience in terms of hardware and software for its price point. With a sophisticated aluminium design, the Nokia 3.1 is stylish and ideal for an on-the-go lifestyle.

Available in blue with copper detailing, and black with chrome, the 5.2-inch HD+ display is protected by damage resistant Gorilla Glass and is Nokia’s most affordable 18:9 smartphone, offering users the same screen ratio they would get on modern flagship device, but with a more slimmed down frame. The device runs runs MediaTek 6750, an octa-core chipset, giving you twice the processor cores and a 50% performance boost on the previous generation smartphone. As for the camera, the Nokia 3.1 features a 13MP auto-focus rear camera as well as a wide-angle front camera, making group selfies a cinch.

The Nokia 3.1 is available at MTN, Vodacom and leading retailers for just R2 299.

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