Nokia made a return to the world stage with the introduction of its new smartphone line. Featured were the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 which run on Android Nougat 7.1 and all look like they can compete with the likes of the Galaxy A5 or the Huawei Honor Lite. They don’t look like flagship killers, though, or maybe I’m just biased against Nokia since they’ve been out of the game for so long. Their designs look like a mix of last year’s Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3 with a jet black finish (for two out of the three phones). Since Nokia was acquired by HMD, they have been gearing up for a comeback. Last year, rumours of Nokia flagships hitting stores in December to January and then the Nokia 6 hit China on 8 January. Now, in the Mobile World Congress, the Nokia 6 along with the 5 and 3, is going to hit markets worldwide. Let’s talk about the phones.
The Nokia 3 is the most bare bones of the trio and comes with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage (expandable to 128 GB) and runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box. It has a MediaTek 6737 Quadcore processor. It has a polycarbonate frame and an aluminium back. It has an 8-megapixel rear and front facing camera and a 5-inch “polarized HD Display” which makes content easy to read in sunlight. It also has 4G/LTE connectivity and goes for $147.
The Nokia 5 has a 5.2-inch, 1280×720 display and runs Android Nougat 7.1.1. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage (expandable to 128 GB). It packs a Snapdragon 430 processor and a 3000 mAh battery. It features a 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front facing selfie snapper. It comes in Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black and Copper for $199.
Nokia’s flagship has a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. It has a 16-megapixel camera with dual tone flash and the 8-megapixel front facing camera has been upgraded with a wide angle lens and auto-focus. It has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Nokia 6 also has the Snapdragon 430 at its heart. The 6 comes in Silver, Matte Black, Blue and Copper but there is another variant. The Arte Black limited edition model of the phone however, is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of RAM. The normal version of the smartphone is $242 while the Arte Black version is $315. It is available in both single and dual SIM variants.
Nokia has entered the fray with a modest sampling of their work to see whether this endeavour will be fruitful. It’s a test for the public’s interest in the brand. It’s also to worm their way in to the mid-range smartphone market which is up for grabs as contenders like OnePlus, Huawei and LG grapple amongst themselves.