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Nokia 1.3 in the test

That's how much mobile phone you can get for around 100 euros

Jamal Fischer

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Conclusion from May 12th, 2020

The Nokia 1.3 is aimed at anyone who wants to spend as little money as possible on a smartphone. In our test, the replaceable battery and some aspects of the equipment turned out to be useful and helpful. However, you should not otherwise make any major demands on the smartphone. The display is sufficient for everyday use, but performance and battery life and charging time are very disappointing and the camera is also useless for more than snapshots. With our alternative at the end of the review, you are probably better off.

Replaceable battery
Dual SIM functionality
Headphone jack available
Extremely slow performance
Very long battery charging time
Camera quality is bad, especially in low light

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Nokia 1.3 in the test: a smartphone with grip

The Nokia 1.3 feels of higher quality than the very low price suggests. The plastic back is corrugated and ensures a good grip, both on surfaces and in the hand. In addition, the smartphone is not ultra-lightweight, as one might expect from an entry-level cell phone. At 155 grams, it weighs almost as much as a Galaxy S20, so it feels great in the hand. The front of the Nokia 1.3 doesn't look like that of a 100 euro cell phone either: around four fifths of the surface is covered by the screen, the cell phone makes a thoroughly modern impression. Even the new and much more expensive iPhone SE is left behind.
At the latest when looking at the display, the low price of the Nokia 1.3 can no longer be hushed up. The manufacturer relies on a 5.7-inch LC display in an elongated 19: 9 format. The resolution is not exceptionally high at 1,520 x 720 pixels (corresponds to an HD + resolution) and results in a pixel density of 295 pixels per inch of display surface. On closer inspection, individual pixels can be seen quite easily, but the low pixel density is rarely noticeable in everyday life.
The brightness values ​​of the 1.3 are okay: the display shines a maximum of 396.5 cd / m². For use indoors or outside on cloudy days, this is usually sufficient, but as soon as it gets brighter around you, reading the screen content could already cause problems. At least 500 cd / m² or more would be important here. The color reproduction is okay, too, but some of the colors look very pale and leave a lot to be desired in everyday apps such as Google Maps.

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Nokia 1.3: The battery has a retro feeling

The Nokia 1.3 comes with a somewhat small battery with a capacity of 3,000 mAh. This brings the entry-level mobile phone to a running time of just around 6 hours. That is weak. You can only get a whole day without charging it from the socket if you only use the Nokia intermittently. After all: As is already known from the very old Nokia cell phones, the 1.3 battery can be changed without any problems. The back cover can be loosened somewhat stubbornly by reaching into the USB socket with your finger and then pulling off the cover. We therefore recommend purchasing a second battery, which increases the running time to over 12 hours. Or you always have a power bank at hand.
Unfortunately, the loading time is tough, in a negative sense. The power adapter only has a nominal output of around 5 watts, which is why the Nokia 1.3 needs a hefty 232 minutes for a full battery charge. So you have to calculate around eight hours for the charging time of both batteries. A half-hour stop at the socket doesn't exactly make it any better, because the 10 percent battery capacity gained is hardly enough for more usage time. The Nokia 1.3 typically does not support wireless charging for this price range.

This smartphone takes time

Even when setting up the smartphone, it becomes clear that the Nokia 1.3 is not a fast smartphone and often takes a lot of thinking time. When looking at the technical data, this is hardly surprising: the Qualcomm QM215 entry-level processor sits inside the low-budget cell phone. This clocks with a maximum of 1.3 gigahertz and distributes its tasks to four computing cores. There is also a meager 1 gigabyte of RAM.
Corresponding results are shown in our laboratory test. The Nokia 1.3 only achieved 3,535 points in the PCMark benchmark, and the entry-level mobile phone needs a full 29.6 seconds to load our complex test PDF file. The Nokia behaved in a similar way in our practical test: whether while surfing the Internet or starting basic apps, such as the phone or the gallery, the smartphone takes a long time. It takes almost five seconds to start the Messages app alone.
The built-in hardware also has a side effect: Since the Nokia 1.3 often works at full capacity for long periods of time, the back of the phone warms up quickly. The 1.3 does not get uncomfortably hot, but this fact should not be ignored.

It's enough for snapshots

Nokia uses a camera on both the front and the rear of the 1.3. The front camera has a resolution of five megapixels and makes decent selfies. The built-in camera is perfectly adequate for posting on social media platforms or for video telephony.
The rear camera has a resolution of eight megapixels, is not optically stabilized and shoots videos with just an HD resolution at 30 frames per second. Nothing can be changed in terms of quality or frame rate.
Image results with the rear camera in daylight are just as sufficient as those with the selfie camera for snapshots. The camera is fine for posting on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks, but nothing more. And in dark surroundings it is best not to start the camera on the Nokia 1.3 in the first place.

Nokia 1.3: Some advantages in terms of equipment

The Nokia 1.3 comes with the latest Android 10 in the Go edition. This is a slimmed-down version of the operating system, specially designed for smartphones in the lowest price segment and the correspondingly poor hardware performance. The preinstalled apps, including Google Maps, Gallery and Gmail, are also the slimmed-down Go version. At the time of the test, an update of around 420 MB was available on the Nokia 1.3, the installation of which required five attempts and a total of over four hours of time.
This could be due to the weak WLAN module, among other things. This does not support any of the current WiFi standards ac or ax and does not receive a 5 gigahertz frequency. In addition, we regularly experience interruptions in the WLAN connection in our practical test. In addition to current WLAN standards, there is no NFC chip, the Bluetooth 4.2 version is a bit outdated and the smartphone does not come with an IP certification either. Furthermore, the mono speaker sits on the back and leaves a lot to be desired, and the only biometric function for unlocking the phone is both insecure and very unreliable 2D face recognition. Finally, the micro-USB port is also out of date for a long time.
The dual SIM functionality, which allows two SIM cards to be used in parallel, should be emphasized positively. In addition, you can expand the somewhat small 16 gigabyte memory via a micro SD card. There is also a practical button on the left that starts the Google Assistant on the mobile phone, and a headphone jack on the top. The Nokia 1.3 is priced at around 100 euros.
Test center: Christoph Giese
Editor: Jamal Fischer

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The Xiaomi Redmi 7 in our test with 16 gigabytes of memory and two gigabytes of RAM currently costs around 110 euros. The Xiaomi Redmi 7 is definitely at the forefront in this price segment: A convincing performance, a long-lasting battery and a good display can only be found in combination in higher-priced devices. The camera is also convincing, both in daylight and in low-light shots. But you have to accept a slightly outdated equipment.