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Nokia 3.1 Plus vs LG K8 (2017)

Here we compared two budget smartphones: the 6-inch Nokia 3.1 Plus (with MediaTek Helio P22) that was released on October 11, 2018, against the LG K8 (2017), which is powered by MediaTek MT6735 and came out 22 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Nokia 3.1 Plus
  • Has a 1 inch larger screen size
  • Comes with 1000 mAh larger battery capacity: 3500 vs 2500 mAh
  • Delivers 46% higher maximum brightness (508 against 348 nits)
  • Thinner bezels – 11.27% more screen real estate
  • More recent OS version: Android 10 versus 7
  • More energy-efficient CPU – MediaTek Helio P22
  • Slow-motion recording at 120FPS
  • The phone is 1-year and 10-months newer
Reasons to consider the LG K8 (2017)
  • 10% higher pixel density (294 vs 268 PPI)
  • Weighs 36 grams less
  • The front-facing camera can record video at 1080p

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
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Display

Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Size 6 inches 5 inches
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels 720 x 1280 pixels
Aspect ratio 18:9 16:9
PPI 268 ppi 294 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
HDR support No No
Screen protection Tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Screen-to-body ratio 77.5% 66.23%
Display tests
RGB color space 91.5% -
PWM 2427 Hz 8929 Hz
Response time 39 ms 28.8 ms
Contrast 3094:1 731:1
Max. Brightness
3.1 Plus +46%
508 nits
348 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [1], [2]

Design and build

Height 156.8 mm (6.17 inches) 147.1 mm (5.79 inches)
Width 76.4 mm (3.01 inches) 72.5 mm (2.85 inches)
Thickness 8.1 mm (0.32 inches) 8.2 mm (0.32 inches)
Weight 180 gramm (6.35 oz) 144 gramm (5.08 oz)
Waterproof No No
Rear material Metal Plastic
Frame material Metal Plastic
Colors White, Gray, Blue Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue
Fingerprint scanner Yes, rear Yes, rear
Screen-to-body ratio
3.1 Plus +17%
77.5%
66.23%

Performance

Tests of Nokia 3.1 Plus and LG K8 (2017) in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset MediaTek Helio P22 MediaTek MT6735
Max. clock 2000 MHz 1400 MHz
CPU cores 8 (8) 4 (4)
Architecture - 8 cores at 2 GHz: Cortex-A53 - 4 cores at 1.4 GHz: Cortex-A53
Lithography process 12 nanometers 28 nanometers
Graphics PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 308
GPU clock 650 MHz 500 MHz
FLOPS ~41 GFLOPS ~24 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 3 GB 1.5, 2 GB
Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory clock 933 MHz 667 MHz
Channels 1 1
Storage
Storage size 32 GB 16 GB
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.0
Memory card MicroSD MicroSD
Memory card max. size Up to 400 GB Up to 32 GB

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 7
3.1 Plus +138%
77790
32649

Software

Operating system Android 8.1 (Can be upgraded to Android 10) Android 7.0
ROM Android One -
OS size 9 GB 7.2 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 3500 mAh 2500 mAh
Charge power 10 W -
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No Yes
Wireless charging No No
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging No No
Full charging time 2:10 hr 2:20 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 13 megapixels 13 megapixels
Image resolution 4128 x 3096 4128 x 3096
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash LED LED
Stabilization Digital Digital
8K video recording No No
4K video recording No No
1080p video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 30FPS
Slow motion 120 FPS (720p) No
Lenses 2 (13 MP + 5 MP) 1 (13 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 13 MP
- Aperture: f/2.0
- Pixel size: 1.12 micron
- Sensor: 1/5", Samsung S5K3L5 (ISOCELL CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- 13 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- Focal length: 26.29 mm
- Pixel size: 1.12 micron
- Sensor: 1/3" (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
Depth lens - 5 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Pixel size: 1.12 micron
- Sensor: 1/5", Samsung S5K5E9 (ISOCELL CMOS)
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Camera features - Bokeh mode -
Selfie camera
Megapixels 8 megapixels 5 megapixels
Image resolution 3264 x 2448 2560 x 1920
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.4
Focal length - 25.44 mm
Pixel size 1.12 microns 1.12 microns
Sensor type - CMOS
Sensor size 1/4" 1/5"
Video resolution 720p при 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) при 30 FPS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 b/g/n)
Wi-Fi features - Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 4.1 4.1
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP SPP, PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, HSP, HID, HFP, HDP, GAVDP, AVRCP, A2DP
USB type Micro USB Micro USB
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 4 4
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Mono Mono
Headphone audio jack Yes Yes
FM radio Yes Yes
Dolby Atmos No No
Speakers test
Max. loudness
75.8 dB
K8 (2017) +12%
84.8 dB

Other

Category Budget Budget
Announced October 2018 December 2016
Release date November 2018 March 2017
Launch price ~ 162 USD ~ 137 USD
SAR (head) 0.411 W/kg 0.433 W/kg
SAR (body) 1.576 W/kg 1.22 W/kg
Sensors - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Nokia 3.1 Plus is definitely a better buy.

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