Nokia 3.4 Review: Promising or Just Promises?

HMD World just lately launched two smartphones in India, the Nokia 3.4 and the Nokia 5.4. We now have already examined the Nokia 5.4, which scored some factors for design however did not actually again that up with efficiency. Once I acquired to the Nokia 3.4, I puzzled if it might 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 a drawback in comparison with others at this worth degree, however what it has going for it’s the promise of assured software program updates, which is uncommon. Do you have to think about the Nokia 3.4? Let’s discover out.

 

Nokia 3.4 design

The very first thing I seen in regards to the Nokia 3.4 was its construct high quality. It’s made out of polycarbonate nevertheless it feels stable 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 3.4 is not a lot of a difficulty however I could not simply attain the highest of the show whereas utilizing the cellphone single-handed. HMD World affords 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 emblem will catch your consideration.

The ability button is positioned barely above the midpoint on the body and is handy to succeed in whereas holding the gadget. The quantity buttons are positioned above the ability button, and these too may be reached while not having to shuffle the cellphone within the hand. On the other facet sits the devoted Google Assistant button with the SIM tray above it. The Nokia 3.4 has two Nano-SIM slots and a devoted microSD slot for storage growth.

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’s a fingerprint scanner which is effectively positioned, and my finger rested on it naturally whereas holding the cellphone. The round digicam module on the again just isn’t a quite common design aspect and does stand out. The Nokia 3.4 has a triple digicam setup, and the ring would not protrude an excessive amount of, which is an efficient factor. This cellphone is not too thick both and ideas the scales at 180g which is lighter than a number of the different smartphones on this worth vary.

The Nokia 3.4 has a USB Sort-C port on the backside together with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the loudspeaker. HMD World ships a 5W charger within the field together with a clear case. The Nokia 3.4 is accessible in three colors: Fjord, Nightfall, and Charcoal. I had the Nightfall color variant which has a purple end to it. You may go for Fjord if you happen to like a flashy color or Charcoal if you happen to prefer to preserve issues easy.

Nokia 3.4 specs and software program

The Nokia 3.4 has an HD+ decision show which is frequent for a smartphone at this worth, although there are a number of exceptions such because the Redmi 9 Energy (Evaluation) and the Poco M3 (Evaluation) which each have full-HD+ shows. HMD World has picked the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 and paired it with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There aren’t any different variants. Fortunately, 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 today packs. HMD World has priced the Nokia 3.4 at Rs. 11,999 which places it up towards some fierce competitors.

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The Nokia 3.4 is at present operating Android 10 however is assured to get updates

 

The Nokia 3.4 has assist for Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, 4 satellite tv for pc navigation techniques, and twin 4G VoLTE. By way of software program, it runs clear inventory Android, and it’s a part of the Android One programme. It at present ships with Android 10 and my unit had the February Android safety patch which is excellent. HMD World claims that the Nokia 3.4 is prepared for Android 11, and primarily based on the phrases of the Android One programme, it can finally get an replace to Android 12. This places the Nokia 3.4 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 may be very simple to make use of. For somebody who prefers inventory Android, the Nokia 3.4 might be interesting, however if you happen to like having extra options and customisations, you will miss them on this cellphone.

Nokia 3.4 efficiency and battery life

The Nokia 3.4 has enough {hardware} to deal with day-to-day duties. With 4GB of RAM, you will not actually face any points except you’re 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’s face recognition as effectively, which labored shortly even in numerous lighting circumstances.

I ran our commonplace set of benchmarks to see the place the Nokia 3.4 stands in comparison with different telephones in its worth vary. In AnTuTu, the Nokia 3.4 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 Energy and the Poco M3. As for graphics, the Nokia 3.4 scored 37fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex scene and 9.6fps within the Automobile Chase scene.

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The triple digicam setup on the Nokia 3.4 sits inside a round module

 

I performed Name of Obligation Cellular on the Nokia 3.4 and it defaulted to the Excessive graphics preset and Medium body charge. The sport was playable at these settings with none points. After taking part in for quarter-hour, the cellphone confirmed a battery drop of 5 %. I additionally discovered that it acquired heat to the contact across the digicam module.

The Nokia 3.4 packs in a comparatively small 4,000mAh battery however you’ll nonetheless be capable of get by way of a minimum of one full day on one cost. Nevertheless, charging may be very sluggish when utilizing the bundled 5W charger. I might solely get the cellphone to 16 % in half-hour, and it solely hit 33 % after an hour. Charging the cellphone fully took over three hours, which is sluggish by at present’s requirements. You need to use the next rated charger to get higher outcomes. Different reasonably priced smartphones such because the Realme Narzo 30A include an 18W charger within the field.

Nokia 3.4 cameras

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

Photographs taken with the Nokia 3.4 gave the impression to be first rate on the cellphone’s personal display screen, however on magnifying them, there was seen grain even on objects shut to the digicam. Background parts lacked sharpness and textual content wasn’t legible. Taking pictures utilizing the ultra-wide angle digicam resulted in a major loss intimately and a drop in distinction ranges, in addition to barrel distortion on the edges.

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

Nokia 3.4 daylight wide-angle digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Shut-up pictures turned out effectively with good particulars and a delicate background blur. In portrait pictures, the Nokia 3.4 might handle good edge detection and separated the topic from the background fairly effectively. The digicam app additionally enables you to set the extent of blur earlier than taking the shot.

Nokia 3.4 close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

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

 

In low mild, the AI units the cellphone 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  Evening mode does ship brighter photos with considerably higher element within the shadows, however this nonetheless is not the most effective efficiency I’ve seen at this worth level.

Nokia 3.4 low-light digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Nokia 3.4 Evening 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 3.4 managed good edge detection produced sharp outcomes open air within the day. Low-light selfies with no mild supply close by lacked element.

Nokia 3.4 portrait selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

Nokia 3.4 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 3.4 is a well-built smartphone that guarantees assured Android updates. This can enchantment to an Android purist who seems to be ahead to operating the most recent software program with out spending considerably on a brand new smartphone. Nevertheless, there may be nothing in regards to the Nokia 3.4 that stands out apart from this promise. The competitors affords greater batteries, quicker charging, higher shows, and higher digicam high quality.

If the enchantment of unpolluted software program and updates is way larger than the whole lot else for you, the Nokia 3.4 ought to preserve you content. Then again, if you’d like higher options and efficiency, the Redmi 9 Energy (Evaluation) or the Poco M3 (Evaluation) will probably fit your wants higher.