Nokia’s phones are making a comeback. HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, is unveiling a trio of Nokia-branded Android devices today that are designed to cater for the mid-range of the smartphone market. They’re not the premium Lumia-like devices we’ve seen in recent history, but they have one thing in common: pure Android. HMD is taking a fairly unique approach, just like Motorola, to these Nokia phones by offering up Google’s Android Nougat OS in its purest form. That means no bundled third-party apps, no UI customizations, and regular security updates.
Nokia 6 smartphone last month for the Chinese market, but it’s now going global with a few tweaks. The Nokia 6 is the biggest of all three of these Nokia-branded handsets, featuring a 5.5-inch display (1920 x 1080), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and all powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor. The forward-facing camera (8-megapixel) is getting upgraded with a wide-angle lens and auto-focus, and the regular camera remains the same as the Chinese variant: 16-megapixel with dual tone flash. I tested the camera briefly during my time with the Nokia 6, and auto-focus seemed fast enough, and picture quality was what you’d expect from a mid-range phone like this.
Just like the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 is also powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Nokia is once again relying on its hardware as the main selling point, with a 13-megapixel camera at the rear and a wide-angle 8-megapixel forward-facing camera. Both will be sufficient for average use, but this is another mid-range Android phone so if you’re not going to get the best camera phone on the market here. HMD will ship the Nokia 5 in Q2 across the world, priced at 189 euros ($199) and available in blue, silver, matte black, and copper.
The third and final new Nokia Android phone is the Nokia 3, and it’s the most basic of the trio. HMD has stepped down to a 5-inch display for the Nokia 3, paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an MTK 6737 quad-core processor. Unlike the 5 and the 6, the Nokia 3 features a polycarbonate back, with an aluminum frame. It feels more like one of the lower end Lumia devices we’re used to seeing, with a familiar design.
The Nokia 3 also features an 8-megapixel camera at the front and rear, and a pure version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It feels nice enough as a basic budget smartphone, and still manages to feel like the type of low-end Nokia phone you’d expect to see in 2017. HMD will also start shipping the Nokia 3 in Q2, priced at 139 euros ($147) and available in blue, silver, matte black, and copper.