HMD Global launched the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 Android-based smartphones in India on Tuesday. While the top-end Nokia 6 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 14,999 the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 will cost buyers Rs 12,899 and Rs 9,499 respectively. The Nokia 3 and 5 will all be available in offline stores and to sell these phones HMD Global has tied up with 400 exclusive distributors across the country. The Nokia 6 will be available online only through Amazon India.
The Nokia 6 will be available for registration from July 14, the Nokia 5 from July 7 and the Nokia 3 will be available from June 16. In other words, the Nokia 3 is the phone that will be going on sale in India ahead of the other Nokia phones. The Nokia 6 and the Nokia 5 are coming only in July. In the market, the Nokia 3 will compete with a number of phones from Samsung and Lenovo, and in certain places, where Xiaomi has started selling phones in offline stores, with the Redmi phones.
Nokia and pure Android
Although in terms of specifications the Nokia phones look competent they don't exactly blow away the other phones in the market the way a Xiaomi phone does. Instead, Nokia is relying on the overall experience to woo buyers in India. And that overall experience is something that the company is hoping to offer with three elements: design, the brand appeal and pure Android.
Of the three, the pure Android part is the most exciting because this is something that other phones except the Motorola phones don't offer. Most of the Xiaomi phones still use Android Marshmallow and by using clean and pure Android Nougat aka Android 7.1 in its phones Nokia is hoping to offer to consumers something that will make their smartphone experience better. At the same time, Nokia is also hoping that its design expertise will help it create phones that look different and unique in a market where almost every phones looks similar to the next one.
Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 specifications
The Nokia 6 is an all-metal smartphone carved out of 6000 series aluminum with chamfered edges and curved 2.5D Gorilla glass on the front. It has a physical home button on the front that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and is flanked by touch-based capacitive keys which are backlit. The power button and the volume rocker lie on the right, while the SIM card slot rests on the left. It comes with a standard Micro USB 2.0 port (and no USB C-Type) and also supports USB OTG. This is the top-end Nokia phone right now although rumours of a very high-end Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 have also come in the recent weeks. But those phones will also come with a much higher-price tags.
The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM under the hood, and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot. The speaker setup on-board the Nokia 6 comes with dual amplifiers and supports Dolby Atmos sound technology. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.
On the camera front, the Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED flash. The rear camera is capable of recording 1080p videos. On the front, the Nokia 6 comes with an 8-megapixel camera that's also capable of recording 1080p videos.
The Nokia 5 is simply a smaller, more affordable variant of the Nokia 6. The Nokia 5 -- just like the Nokia 6 -- also comes with an all-metal body and has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 2 gigs of RAM under the hood, and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot.
Unlike the Nokia 6, the speaker setup on-board the Nokia 5 doesn't come with dual amplifiers and doesn't support Dolby Atmos sound technology. The phone is also backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
On the camera front, the Nokia 5 comes with a 13-megapixel shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED flash. The rear camera is capable of recording 1080p videos. On the front, the Nokia 5 also comes with an 8-megapixel camera.The Nokia 3, meanwhile, will be the most affordable smartphone in Nokia's line-up. The Nokia 3, unlike the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5, comes with an all-polycarbonate body. It also doesn't have a fingerprint scanner.
The Nokia 3 comes with a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clubbed with 2 gigs of RAM under the hood, and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 2,650mAh battery.
On the camera front, the Nokia 3 comes with an 8-megapixel shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. On the front, the Nokia 3 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.
The dual-SIM Nokia 3 also runs Android Nougat software out-of-the-box and is also 4G LTE capable. The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 will all run a vanilla version of Android Nougat and will be "pure, secure, and up to date," according to HMD Global.