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HMD Global has announced that the Nokia C31 is now available through Optus Pre-Paid

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HMD Global, the company behind Nokia smartphones and tablets, today announced that its latest budget smartphone, the Nokia C31, is available through Optus Pre-Paid.

This also marks a major milestone for HMD Global, as the company said the offer now means Nokia devices are available across all three major phone carriers in Australia – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Showcasing the brand’s commitment to making affordable, reliable phones accessible to Australians.

Brenden Folitarik, ANZ Country Director, HMD Global stated:

“Following the successful launch of our most sustainable phone yet, the Nokia X30 5G, we are delighted to continue our growth trajectory by launching the Nokia C31 in Optus stores across Australia. For the first time since 2017, Nokia phones will once again be offered across the top three handsets. In Australia – a milestone in business. Australians will now have more easy access to our phones, allowing them to love, trust and keep their phones today and for years to come.”

So what does Nokia C31 offer? Let’s take a look we.

The Nokia C31 comes with a 6.75 inch IPS LCD display (720 x 1600 at 261 pixels) powered by Unisoc SC9863A octa-core processor (4 x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex-A55), 32 GB RAM. Which has 20 GB available to the user, and 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256 GB via a MicroSD card.

In terms of cameras, the Nokia C31 comes with a triple rear setup consisting of a 13MP wide main lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor lens. The front one that sits in a small teardrop notch in the front screen is a 5MP lens.

In terms of Android, the Nokia C31 runs Android 12 out of the box. 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.2LE and 5050mAh (non-removable) battery.

HMD Global made two tantalizing choices with the Nokia C31. First, there are no NFC capabilities. Granted, this is a (relatively) budget phone but NFC is a semi-ubiquitous feature these days and leaving it out seems a little inexplicable. The second option was to use a charging slot and a Micro USB cable. When USB-C is the near universal choice, the use of some alternative — and dated — standard is particularly odd. Sure, we’re past the point where it costs us to use USB-C instead of the older standards…but maybe not.

The Nokia C31 is available through the Optus Pre-Paid website and through your local Optus Yes store for $229.