Nokia makes an Android debut, but will India buy it?

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 13, 2017 16:15 hrs
Nokia 6 (Reuters image)

Delhi: The buzz and excitement of Nokia is back with three new devices. HMD Global, the Finnish company and owners of the Nokia brand, has finally unveiled the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 in India. The launch has caught the attention of Twitterati too.

The excitement and nostalgia is understandable considering this is the first 'Nokia' branded smartphone after Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile business for nearly $7.2 billion in September 2013.


HMD Global has revealed that the Nokia 3 will be priced at Rs 9,499, while the Nokia 5 and 6 will retail for Rs 12,899 and Rs 14,999 respectively. Registrations and availability will begin from June 16. The top-end model (Nokia 6) will be made available through Amazon exclusively, but the other two devices will be available across 80,000 retail stores and dealer shops. Bookings for the Nokia 6 open on Amazon India on June 14.


Snapdragon 430 powers the Nokia 5 and 6, while the base-model utilizes a 1.3 Ghz Mediatek quad-core processor. The makers have claimed that the phones will deliver at par with the phones from the stables of Lenovo and Xiaomi, despite the Nokia devices falling short on the specs front.

The Nokia 3 features a 5-inch HD display, 16 GB storage, 2650 mAH battery and 8 MP dual cameras on the front and rear. The phone will support 128 GB microSD card, miucroUSB 2.0 and NFC.

If the Nokia 3 does not sound convincing, you may want to take a look at the Nokia 5. The 5.2-inch and 8mm thin phone is powered by a Snapdragon 430/2 GB RAM. It offers 16 GB storage, a 3000 mAH battery and a 13 MP rear camera sensor. On top of the features that the Nokia 3 supports, the Nokia 5 supports fingerprint sensor and 4G LTE support.

You should be looking at the Nokia 6 in case you are looking at better form factor or additional RAM. The 6 has the best specs too, among the three. The 5.5-inch full HD display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass protection. Beneath the display, the phone houses a Snapdragon 430 with 3 GB RAM. Although Nokia 6 did unveil a 4GB variant at the Mobile World Congress, the makers have not introduced the top-end variant here. The 6 sports a 16 MP rear shooter (8 MP on the selfie), and features Dolby Atmos speakers in an all-aluminium sleek looking form-factor.

All three new devices will be running stock Android UI, a factor that should endear it further with the masses. But that said they do seem under-specced in comparison to many other phones in their respective price brackets. Will a "premium" build and nostalgia help Nokia combat this? We need to wait and see.

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