What to expect from the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 launch

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 14, 2017 09:56 hrs
Nokia (Image Courtesy: Nokia)

New Delhi: Nokia, once the world's biggest mobile manufacturer and associated with the ultra-famous 3310 and 2300 handsets, officially made their comeback in India on June 13, with the launch of their first Android smartphones. HMD Global, the distributors of the Nokia phones, launched the 3,5 and 6 with much grandeur at a 5-star in Delhi.

The 3,5 and 6, devices along with the classic 3310 were spotted during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and have remained a talking point ever since.

Made for the fans

From the pics available on twitter and HMD's official website it is confirmed that the phone is made keeping in mind harsh-weather as well as to look and feel premium. All three devices have an aluminium body and a poly-carbonate shell (Nokia 3). The 6 in fact comes with a metallic unibody finish. The three devices will run on an Android 7 Stock ROM, while promising to make monthly updates and an upgrade to Android 8 subsequently.

Picture Courtesy: Nokia.com

Specs-wise

The Nokia 3, built of a combination of an aluminium frame and a polycarbonate shell, is a 5-inch device powered by a Mediatek 6737 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.4 Ghz. On the camera front, the phone has an 8 MP rear and front camera. Expect the phone running on a 2 GB RAM, 16 Ghz storage, (expandable to 128 MB via SD card) to last a day on a 2650 mAH battery.

The phone may not excite specs-wise but what might click with customers is the brand name and the visual appeal.

Meanwhile, Nokia 5, the 5.2 inch device will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset. Gaming and general users can find cheer here considering the processor is paired with an Adreno 5 GPU. In comparison with the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 has a 13 MP rear-camera and supports NFC and fingerprint scanner.

Picture Courtesy: Nokia.com

The current top-tier Nokia phone

There are rumors that Nokia may release two variants of its current top-tier phone - the Nokia 6. The 5.5 inch flagship was displayed at the MWC in two variants- a 3GB/32 GB and 4G/64 GB. HMD global had listed the 4GB variant with the black color on its website a few days ago.

The Nokia 6 sports a 16 MP rear camera and an 8 MP on the front. The device offers support for dual speakers, and will have Dolby ATMOS along with fingerprint scanner and NFC support. Nokia's flagship Nokia 9 that runs on Qualcomm 835 is set to be released later.

Picture Courtesy: Nokia.com

Pricing

Although HMD global has not released the pricing users can expect the Nokia 3 to retail at approximately Rs. 8000. There have also been speculations on the pricing for Nokia 5 and 6. While the Nokia 5 is expected to retail around Rs 13000, the Nokia 6 may retail in the price band of Rs 16000-17000, although there is no clarity on the pricing for the top variant.

Nokia is positioning its phones as premium and "from the makers of Nokia", and hence expects users from comparing their devices with either Lenovo or Xiaomi, that would offer similar specs in the price bracket of Rs 10000-12000. But to sweeten the deal, it has promised , like we mentioned earlier, a stock android UI experience and monthly security updates.

Will it help it hold in price-conscious Indian market? We will have to wait and watch.

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