Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Review: Chicken Dinner On a Budget?

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Nokia recently launched the new Nokia 3.1 Plus smartphone in India, which has a large display that seems ideal for games like PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 9. For a starting price of Rs. 11,499, the Nokia 3.1 Plus packs in a MediaTek Helio P22 processor with up to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

We have already gone over its pros and cons in our review, but let’s focus on gaming performance now, and see whether the Nokia 3.1 Plus can be a decent budget phone for gaming.

Nokia 3.1 Plus Specifications

Before we take a look at the benchmarks and gaming performance of Nokia 3.1 Plus, let’s take a quick look at the hardware that’s powering the phone –

Dimensions156.68 x 76.44 x 8.19 mm
Weight180 grams
Display6-inch HD+ IPS LCD
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Storage16/32GB, expandable up to 400GB
Rear Camera13MP (f/2.0)+5MP (f/2.4), PDAF, single LED flash
Front Camera8MP (f/2.2)
Battery3,500 mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo, under Android One program
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port
Sensorsrear-mounted fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, e-compass, proximity, ambient light
ColorsBlue, White, Baltic

Nokia 3.1 Plus Benchmarks

As a standard practice, I ran a few synthetic benchmarks on the Nokia 3.1 Plus to give you an idea about the phone’s performance. I don’t recommend investing money on a phone based on its benchmark results, but here it goes –

In Antutu, the Nokia 3.1 Plus managed to score 78017, which, I’d say is on par with some other budget offerings like the Realme 2.

Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Review: Chicken Dinner On a Budget?

When it comes to 3D Mark, I was only able to run the Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 test since it isn’t compatible with Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan. The Nokia 3.1 Plus managed to score 381, which is again, on par with other budget smartphones in this price range.

Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Review: Chicken Dinner On a Budget?

Note: I wasn’t able to run the Geekbench 4 benchmark on my Nokia 3.1 Plus unit due to a weird bug. We are currently checking why this is happening, so you will have to wait to see Geekbench scores.

Based on the benchmarks, I was convinced that the Nokia 3.1 Plus wasn’t going to surprise by scoring an “A+” in the real world performance, but I decided to finish my test and draw a complete picture anyway.

Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Performance

For my gaming review, I played two of the most popular Android titles currently: PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends. Of course, I wasn’t expecting a flawless gameplay experience, but I was curious to see how it performed with these graphics-intensive titles.

As soon as I fired up PUBG Mobile, I noticed some lag right away. The Nokia 3.1 Plus was able to run the game only on lowest settings, which was the first disappointment. I was able to join a game with my friends, and my experience was just decent. I noticed occasional frame drops throughout my gameplay, but I was able to make it to the top 10.

Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Review: Chicken Dinner On a Budget?
PUBG Mobile running on Nokia 3.1 Plus

Next up, I jumped into Asphalt 9: Legends, which is considered to be yet another graphics intensive title. To my surprise, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was able to run the game with graphics set to medium (default). Yes, I did experience frame drops, but I was able to play the game without any major hiccups.

Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Review: Chicken Dinner On a Budget?
Asphalt 9: Legends running on Nokia 3.1 Plus

Besides these two games, the 3.1 Plus should not have any issues with casual titles. In fact, the large screen makes matching games or casual puzzles look great.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 3.1 Plus vs Redmi 6 Pro: New Kid Meets the Budget King

Nokia 3.1 Plus Gaming Review: Not Ideal For Graphics Intensive Titles!

When it comes to budget smartphones, gaming should be the least of your priorities in my opinion. Similarly, with the Nokia 3.1 Plus, you’ll be able to play normal games like the new Candy Crush: Friends, Hitman Sniper, etc. with ease, but don’t expect to have a great time getting a chicken dinner in PUBG Mobile.

Check out the Nokia 3.1 Plus on Nokia Store (Rs. 11,499)

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