Nokia. Words cannot describe how close the brand name is to so many people. The Nokia 1100 was my father's weapon of choice. Be it for making calls, sending messages, giving me the occasional wack for not doing my homework or flinging it across the room to grab my attention. Be it rains, or a sunny day, that Nokia 1100 stood the test of time, torture and boasted of a 3 day battery life. I could say the same for my trusted N-Gage QD. Then times changed, the iPhone was launched, and the rest as they say is history.
Enough nostalgia! Nokia is making a comeback in India with the launch of three smartphones - Nokia 3, 5 and 6. This isn't the first time that we have seen these smartphones.
Kicking things off with the flagship, the Nokia 6, the device is priced at Rs. 14,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon.in. Registrations for the device begin on July 14. Coming to the specifications, the Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 platform with 3GB of RAM. At the back is a 16MP camera, while at the front is an 8MP camera. The device offers 32GB of storage and is equipped with a 3000mAh battery. The phone also comes with Dolby Atmos support. The device runs on Android 7.1.1 out of the box and it works with stock Android. It will be very interesting to see how the Snapdragon 430 platform performs when married to Android 7.
Nokia 6: display
When it comes to the build quality of the Nokia 6, the device is extremely well built. It is made from a single block of aluminum and it feels very sturdy.
Nokia 6: Back
We played around with the smartphone for about 10 minutes at the event and it ran well. Apps opened fast, multitasking was easy. This isn't the first phone that we have seen running on the Snapdragon 430 platform, but we will hold off our final verdict until we get the smartphone in for review.
Nokia 6: Headphones jack
Moving to the Nokia 5, the smartphone is priced at Rs. 12,899 and will be available offline only. The Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch 720p display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 platform with 2GB of RAM. The device is equipped with a 3000mAh battery and offers 16GB of onboard storage expandable via a microSD card. At the back is a 13MP camera, while at the front is an 8MP camera.
Nokia 5: Display
The Nokia 5 has a metal build but it isn't the same as the Nokia 6. That doesn't mean that it's bad by any standards. It has a metal build and feels very good in one's hands. It has a design very reminiscent of the Nokia Lumia smartphones and that isn't a bad thing. It has a mono speaker at the bottom and a microUSB port. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and Nokia has emphasised that it will provide regular security updates.
Nokia 5: Back
In the 10 minutes that I spent with the device the only qualm I had was that the camera app took long to click one picture. This only happened once so it could be nothing. Overall the smartphone felt smooth, but we will reserve our final verdict for our review.
Nokia 5: Side
Last but not least, we have the Nokia 3. The phone will be available from June 16 and is priced at Rs. 9,499. Speaking of the specifications, the Nokia 3 sports a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT 6737 with 2GB of RAM. The device offers 16GB of storage expandable via a microSD card and is equipped with a 2630 mAh. The phone comes with 8MP cameras at the front and back. The phone, though budget, feels well built. It doesn’t have the metal build we have seen on Xiaomi devices. The device has a polycarbonate back and feels good. A lot like the budget Nokia Lumia phones and that isn’t a bad thing. The Nokia 3 runs on Android 7.0 out of the box.
Nokia 3: Back
The phone has a compact form factor and felt good in the hand for single handed use. It also sports a mono speaker, micro USB port and a headphones port.
Nokia 3: Speaker
Nokia emphasised that all the phones will receive the Android O update. They also specified that security updates and customer support will be a focus area, something that other OEM’s promise a lot but don't always deliver.
Nokia 3: Volume rocker and power button
There’s little we can comment on the performance or battery life of these devices considering the amount of time we spent with them but stay tuned as we will bring you the review soon.
Nokia 3: Headphones jack
Nokia 5: Fingerprint sensor
Nokia 6: Volume rocker and power button