MWC 2017 marks the return of Finnish mobile powerhouse Nokia. HMD Global was created in 2016 by former Nokia staff in order to repurchase the name from Microsoft. With this we’re seeing a return to the mobile market with a bevy of Android-powered smartphones and one of their legendary feature phones. They are clearly aiming at the budget segment with their new phones. These new devices offer premium build quality and excellent features coupled with attractive pricing.
At the top of their stack is the Nokia 6. Squarely aimed at the mid-market, this Android smartphone is an all-metal design powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 coupled with 3GB of RAM. The phone’s primary display is a 5.5inch FHD panel. Other key features include a 16MP camera with PDAF and a dual-tone flash. Storage hogs will be happy that the phone’s 32GB of storage can be complemented by a 128GB microSD card. Unfortunately using the microSD slot does come at the expense of the second sim in the dual sim model.
They are making extra strides to point out the phone’s offering of premium Dolby Atmos sound, as well as the brightness offered by their 5.5 inch panel. The phone is listed at €229 or approximately $241 USD at the time of writing. This pricing is in line with other phones targeting this segment.
A step down from the Nokia 6 is the aptly named Nokia 5. This phone takes a small hit to most of its specs, maintaining the all-metal body but stepping down to an HD screen. The 5 keeps the Snapdragon 430 but brings memory down to 2GB which should still be acceptable for day to day tasks even with Android 7. Storage is reduced to 16GB, however, microSD expansion up to 128GB is still supported.
The camera sees a hit to 13MP, however, this may actually perform better as it offers slightly larger pixels. Gone are all references to Dolby Atmos sound as well, audiophiles will likely be happier with the 6. For all its compromises it is still a beautiful and attractive package and well priced at €190 or $200 USD.
At the very bottom of the company’s new Android offerings is the 5″ Nokia 3. While visually similar to its larger brethren, it loses the full metal uni-body construction. Squarely aimed at budget buyers it also drops Qualcomm altogether for a move to MediaTek. Its lower clocked MT 6737 is fortunately coupled to a still healthy 2GB RAM. The camera comes down to the smallest of the three with an 8MP primary and selfie camera. The Nokia 3 like its more powerful siblings does offer microSD card expansion to its 16GB primary storage. Finally, its price weighs in at €140 or a paltry $147USD.
Finally, in a bid to appeal to nostalgia and those who have no use for smartphones, we have the return of the legendary Nokia 3310. This is a no frills phone offering only 2G connectivity but offering a rather attractive design. The 3310 offers snake as a headline feature along with its 2MP single LED flash camera. The standout for such a phone is its 22-hour talk or 31 day standby time on a diminutive 1200mAh battery. Price wise the 3310 comes in at €49, approximately $51USD.
Has Nokia returned as a force to be reckoned with? Or is this the last gasp of a name doomed to fade into the history book? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.
Last Updated on May 23, 2017.