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Nokia 1.3 – about as low as you can go (and still get a decent phone)
4.1Overall Score
Name: Nokia 1.3
Price (RRP): $169
Manufacturer: Nokia HMD

To be fair, you do not expect much from a $169 smartphone. But the Nokia 1.3 delivers well for the price. It is everything you need in a value phone.

A removable battery, decent bright screen, good volume, dual Sim, and the Nokia 1.3 doesn’t shirk on build quality either – no flex or cheap materials. If I have one gripe – after inserting the battery, I could not get the back off again!

We don’t do a full review any more on sub-$200 phones, but we do test them to make sure they are fit for purpose.

Review: Nokia 1.3 TA-1205 DS (Dual Sim)

  • Australian Website here
  • Price: $169
  • Colours: Cyan, Sand and Charcoal
  • Size: 47.3 x 71.2 x 9.35 mm x 155g
  • Warranty: 24-months (6-months battery)
  • Country of manufacture: China by Foxconn
  • Nokia is a smartphone brand owned by HMD Global in Espoo, Finland. Many ex-Nokia executives run it. Microsoft previously owned the brand from 2014 to make Windows Mobile handsets. The .3 series are the third generation under HMD.
Nokia 1.3

We use fail, pass and exceed for each paradigm. The Nokia 1.3 is rated as a budget smartphone.

Screen: EXCEED

5.71”, 1520 x 720, 295ppi, 19:9, teardrop, IPS claimed 400 nits

It is a bright screen – more than I expected. The icons are a little too small, but you can increase the font size and display size, so it is quite readable. There are also several accessibility tools.

Turn adaptive brightness off and manually set brightness – it is too aggressive towards battery life.

Processor: EXCEED

Qualcomm QM215, four core 1.3Ghz WITH 1GB RAM and 16GB (10GB free) eMMC storage. Micro-SD slot to 400GB.

There is a small amount of lag, but you have to expect that. It uses Android 10 Go and Google Go apps. Nokia promise two years of Android Go upgrades

LTE – Dual Sim – EXCEED

LTE Cat 4 Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28

Signal strength was fine for Capital city and regional city use.


Wi-Fi 4 N 2.4Ghz – It gets -25dBm and 72Mbps at 1 metre from our reference NETGEAR AX12 router. It holds the signal quite well dropping to -75dBm (limits of usable) at 30 metres

BT 4.2 with the SBC/aptX codec is fine for stereo headphones. A 3.5mm combo audio port provides reasonable sound and clarity to the supplied buds.

AGPS – not for turn by turn navigation – it is a little slow and accurate to about 10 metres.

NFC – No and nor is it expected

Battery – PASS

Removable 3000mAh WT130 and a 5V/1A (5W) micro-USB charger.