Nokia is an iconic phone brand but the company had not been around the last couple of years. The company sold its mobile division to Microsoft which did a terrible job in maintaining the Nokia and Lumia names.
Well, what happened happened and Nokia is officially back on the smartphone market. The company re-entered this market back in January with the Nokia 6 but is now back with even more devices that it will be taking to international markets. The two devices are the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 smartphones that were unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
The Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 join the Nokia 6 which the company has announced will be available in global markets in Q2 of 2017. The Nokia 3 is the cheapest followed by the Nokia 5 and then the Nokia 6. The Nokia brand has been licensed to HMD Global and the company has not disappointed with these devices. They bring back the iconic brand and fit quite well into the modern smartphone market even though Nokia has been out of the game for quite a while.
Nokia was categorical to say that it is not just targeting people who loved its brand before but is also looking to attract millennials to the brand. The company also revealed that most people who showed interest in the Nokia 6 when it launched in China were the younger generation, something thay did not expect.
The Nokia 3
Starting with the Nokia 3, it comes with a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Powering this phone is a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space that can be expanded to 128GB using a microSD card.
The design and build of the Nokia 3 isn’t cheap as it is made from one single block of metal. The Nokia 3’s design almost looks like what we have seen on some of the recent Xperia smartphones. Even with that said, the phone looks good for its $139(approximately Ksh 15,000) price tag. Available colours include silver white, matte black, tempered blue, and copper white.
Back to the Nokia 3’s specifications, it will have an 8MP camera at the back and in front. The phone comes with Android 7.0 Nougat and Nokia has promised a pure Android experience so do not expect some annoying skins here. The phone also comes with Google Assistant as it is with every Nokia smartphone that has been launched at MWC 2017.
For connectivity, the Nokia 3 supports Wi-Fi, NFC, LTE category 4. Providing the power to this device is a 2650mAh battery.
The Nokia 5
The Nokia 5 has a slightly bigger 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space that can be expanded to 128GB using a microSD card. It also comes with Adreno 505 GPU.
The Nokia 5 has a 6000 series aluminium unibody design like the one found on the Nokia 6. Its edges are slightly curved giving it a premium touch and feel. This is quite impressive for a $199 (approximately Ksh 20,000) smartphone.
The Nokia 5 also comes with Android 7.0 Nougat and Google Assistant preinstalled.
At the back it has a 13MP camera and an 8MP front facing one. Connectivity-wise, the Nokia 5 has Micro USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and LTE category 4.
Providing all the power is a 3,000mAh. The phone will be available in Q2 in matte black, silver, tempered blue, and copper.
It all about the Experience
When unveiling these smartphones, Nokia noted that it is not obsessed with the specifications and that it wants it smartphones to offer users the experiences they deserve. The company said that it wants a smartphone that fits into the lifestyle of the user not the other way round.
The company said that its smartphones will offer 3 main things to focus of everyday experiences. These are:
Pure Android experience
Faster updates with monthly security updates
Entire range of features of Google Assistant
All the Nokia smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress will be available globally in Q2 of 2017.