Nokia has finally announced a grand entry into the global Android smartphone market. After announcing its first Android smartphone exclusively in China earlier this year, HMD Global the brand behind the reincarnated Nokia announced a global roll out of its Nokia 6 along with two other smartphones. These include Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3.
Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 as you can assume are targeted at those consumers who are looking for a more affordable alternative to the Nokia 6. It’s also worth noting that these two devices come in a smaller form factor too. Among the two, the Nokia 5 is primarily a compact version of the original Nokia 6. It comes with a 5.2 inch HD (1,280 x 720) Laminated IPS LCD display. Besides, it sports a design that’s similar to that of the Nokia 6. The processor too is in fact carried forward from the Nokia 6. For those wondering, the Nokia 3 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB RAM. That aside, the smartphone has 16GB of internal storage along with 128GB of expandable memory via MicroSD card.
Powering the Nokia 5 is a large 3,000mAH battery which possibly comes with Quick charging capabilities. Coming to the cameras, the Nokia 5 bears a 13MP rear module along with an 8MP selfie snapper. This selfie camera comes with a wide angle lens for getting more people into a single frame. The Nokia 5 will be available for sale at a price of €189 ($200/Rs 13,300).
Nokia 3 on the other hand, becomes the cheapest smartphone to be a part of the re-incarnated Nokia range. It comes with a markedly smaller 5 inch HD (1,280 x 720) display. That said, it comes with a similar design as that of the other two Nokia smartphone. This, in fact, is one of the interesting things about the new Nokia lineup. Powering the Nokia 3 is a Mediatek 6737 processor and 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Nokia 3 packs 16GB of internal memory.
For starters, the global edition of the Nokia 6 will be same as the one found in the Chinese market. The only major difference would, however, lie in the software. It would now come with Google’s inbuilt applications including Play Store, Maps, Gmail etc. In an interesting announcement HMD Global CEO, Arto Numella remarked that all the new Nokia smartphones would come with Google Assistant built in. The news comes soon after Google announced that their assistant would no longer be restricted to the Pixel and would now be available for most of the smartphones running on Android Marshmallow and Nougat.
The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.7 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display that comes wrapped in a frame forged from a single piece of aluminum. The internals as you might be aware of, are composed of Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core chip, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s also a limited edition Arte Black variant of the Nokia 6. This will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As for the price, the standard and limited edition variants of the Nokia 6 will be available at an approximate price of €229 ($242/Rs 16,117) and €259 ($273/Rs 18,228) respectively.
As for the software, all Nokia smartphone would be running on a stock built for Android. This according to Nokia will result in a faster roll out of major Android updates. Nokia is also promising that all the smartphones in their current portfolio would receive monthly security updates.
HMD Global claims that its Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphone would be rolling out globally by Q2 2017. That said, Nokia is yet to touch upon the details of the global roll out. This includes the list of countries where the Finnish brand expects to launch its Android-powered devices.