After months of wait, the new Android smartphones from Nokia have finally arrived India. As it was scheduled the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones from HMD Global have been launched today at an event in New Delhi, India. The smartphones were first announced during the MWC 2017 and were already selling at a good pace in China and other selective markets.
Although we knew the specifications of the smartphones, there was a sense of excitement regarding the pricing as HMD-Global was expected to price the smartphones aggressively considering the present competition. Talking about the price, the Nokia 3 is priced at Rs. 9,499, the Nokia 5 will cost Rs. 12,899, and the Nokia 6 comes with a price tag of Rs. 14,999. The Nokia 3 will be up for sale from 16th June where as Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be up for pre-orders from 7th July and 14th July respectively. Importantly, Nokia 3 and 5 will be available via offline stores while the Nokia 6 will be Amazon exclusive.
The Nokia 6 also comes bundled with some launch offers under which, the Amazon Prime users would get Rs. 1,000 back if they buy the smartphone with Amazon Pay balance. Kindle app users will get discount of 80% upto Rs. 300 on e-books.
The Nokia 3 is more of an entry level smartphone from the company, it sports a 5-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixel) display along with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. The smartphone has a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor under the hood coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage with further expandability via microSD card.
The imaging department includes an 8 MP rear camera along with an 8 MP camera on the front as well. Nokia 3 houses a 2,630 mAh battery to keep things running. The connectivity options include 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and USB OTG support. The sensors on-board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor along with NFC.
Nokia 5 is bigger and more powerful as compared to the Nokia 6. The smartphone has a bigger 5.2-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixel) display with the Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB storage which can be further expanded upto 128 GB via microSD card.
The optics of the smartphone include a 13 MP rear camera along with an 8 MP front-facing camera for selfies and video calls. It packs a 3,000 mAh battery and includes 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and USB OTG support as connectivity options. The sensors included are Accelerometer (G-sensor), ambient light sensor, e-compass, fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, NFC (sharing).
Now, Nokia 6 is the highlight amongst the three, it sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 64-bit Octa-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU. The smartphone comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage which can be further expanded via microSD card.
On the camera front, it packs a 16 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, 1.0um sensor, f/2.0 aperture and an 8 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree wide-angle lens. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded on the front. Nokia 6 packs a 3,000 mAh battery with quick charge support along with 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB OTG as connectivity options. It has Dual speakers, Dual smart amplifiers (TFA9891), Dolby Atmos and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It measures at 154 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm and sports a 6000-grade aluminium alloy uni-body design.
All the three smartphones run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with stock Android interface on top, which as per the company offers seamless operation and user experience while operating the smartphones. Also, the company has committed to Google’s monthly Android security updates and will also offer timely Android updates for all of its smartphones. All the three smartphones will get Android O update when it arrives.
As mentioned earlier, the company is going by the offline route for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 smartphones. As per the company, there are 400 exclusive distributors who will cover around 8,000 offline stores across the country where the smartphones will be available. Like it used to be in its past days, the company has also given due attention to the after sales services with its ‘Nokia Mobile Care’ which will have physical care centres in 300 cities and pickup and drop facility in 100 cities across India. The company will also provide support on web, chats and calls. The company further mentioned that the smartphones will be manufactured in India under ‘Make in India‘ scheme, starting with the Nokia 3.