Nokia or HMD Global rather launched the first Nokia handset with Android onboard late in 2016 with the Nokia 6, but that was then exclusive in China. Now at the MWC 2017, HMD Global announced the worldwide availability of the Nokia 6 plus the addition of two devices in the roster. We could now all agree that the Nokia brand is truly back into the market for smartphone and mobile devices.
So After Nokia 6’s worldwide availability announcement, HMD also introduced the new Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3, these three devices leads the way for Nokia to penetrate into the mid-range and entry-level markets, though as of the moment the Nokia 6 which is also a mid-range device is set as the current flagship bearer for the Nokia brand. Nokia has been widely known to get things populated where there is a significant number of customers in a specific market segment and they’re not thinking twice to get involved on the two lower segments.
Nokia is still anticipated to announced their high-end device but we didn’t get that at MWC unveiling but with rumors coming out time and again, we’ll probably get to taste what’s in store for Nokia on their next unveiling which might just be happening before the end of the year. For now, let’s go ahead and take a look at Nokia new handsets for us.
To start with, the new Nokia devices are built using a single piece of aluminum processed in sophisticated ways for perfection. The result is a sturdy full metal body of the handsets and this is being done to all three devices to get the best and premium build no matter how much you paid for it. Nokia ensures that every customer gets the best Nokia quality hardware and services just like it did before.
There’s nothing new than what we’ve already known about the Nokia 6 as it forms entirely the same as the Nokia 6 that came out in China since last year. Things like the Snapdragon 430, a 5.5-inch display, 16 Megapixel camera and Android Nougat are all on board, but for the global version of the handset, Nokia changes some of the specs a bit.
While everything on the outside stays the same, international variant of the Nokia 6 includes two setups, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and a special Arte edition variant with the same internals as the Chinese version of the handset, technically with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage plus an exclusive Piano Black finish.
Initially, the Nokia 6 was available solely in Black but with the international variant available, the Nokia 6 will ship either of these following inbox colors:Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper. It will cost 249 Euros for the 3GB/32GB version while the special Arte edition will sell at 300 Euros starting in the second quarter of this year in key markets around the world.
Manufactured the same way as the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 is a smaller variant of the former with 5.2-inch HD display. Now along with a smaller display, specs are boiled down a bit too. While it still got the same Snapdragon 430 Chipset as its larger sibling, the Nokia 5 is stuffed with smaller RAM at only 2GB while storage space is peg at 16GB. Storage space seems cramped on the Nokia 5 but it has a microSD slot to compensate for that and it accepts up to 256GB microSD cards.
The camera on the Nokia 5 is a 13 Megapixel on the back with an f/2.0 Aperture and comes with Phase Detection AF and is supported by a dual-tone LED flash. On the front, there’s an 8 Megapixel shooter with an 84′ wide-angle lens for Selfies and high-resolution video calls.
The handset will ship with a fairly enough power for a day with a 3000 mAh embedded battery pack and it runs on the latest Android Nougat version. When available, Nokia 5 customers can choose between these color options:Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black, Copper. For its price, the Nokia 5 will retail at 190 Euros and will also be available on key markets around the globe.
The Nokia 3 will be the entry-level variant of the new Android-powered handsets which also translates to a cheaper price-point than the other two above. But no matter how much you pay for a Nokia handset, Nokia made it sure that you’ll get the same premium quality and the Nokia 3 wins on that notion. The handset is built with a combination of a metallic frame and polycarbonate back and a fully laminated glass front for a premium experience.
The Nokia 3 is the most compact of the trio and has a 5.0-inch HD display. Inside is a MediaTek Quad-core processor which is in our experience is nowhere near even on the entry-level Qualcomm counterpart however you’ll still get at least 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
As for the camera department, the Nokia 3 houses an 8 Megapixel sensor on the back with an f/2.0 Aperture, there’s also a standard Autofocus feature and is accompanied by an LED flash. On the front is also an 8 Megapixel sensor for Selfies and video calls and it has an Autofocus feature which we seldom see even on higher end devices.
Finally, the handset comes with an embedded 2650 mAh Li-Ion battery and runs Android 7.0 Nougat. When it becomes available, users can choose either Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black, Copper color options. The Nokia 3 will retail at 140 Euros and is expected to launch on the second half of the year on major key markets around the globe.
Nokia’s alliance with Android isn’t only installing the OS unto Nokia devices but keeping it updated with the latest software that Google is pushing out. At Nokia’s unveiling event, a Google representative joint on stage to reiterate Nokia’s commitment on providing an up to date OS features and updates.
Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 will be powered by the latest Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) while the Nokia 3 starts with Android 7.0, these devices will eventually be upgraded to the next and future feature and security updates of the OS. This is possible for Nokia as it will be bringing a virtually vanilla version of the OS to these devices so one will expect a pure Android experience without the hitch and chunkiness of proprietary UI layer on top.
What’s unique with new Nokia smartphone devices from other similar devices out there is that, Nokia will be keeping it updated as soon as Google release new Androidupdates may it be feature-equipped, bug fixes and system stability or monthly security updates, Nokia is dedicated to provide these updates on par with Google branded devices.
As we’ve already mentioned, the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be launching this coming June and will be available in key markets around the world. Prices may vary from region to region due to foreign currency difference.