It is official. Nokia is back in business, as it officially announced the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 to be avaialble in India in the coming weeks. After announcing their portfolio at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the Company returned to the country that showed it the most amount of love. After spending some time with the three phones at the launch event, our first impression of the devices is that Nokia will be a formidable opponent to the Chinese OEMs in the coming months. We spent some quality time with the trio of Nokia smartphones and here is a short hands-on experiences with the devices.
When I picked up the Nokia 6 from its cradle at the demo zone, it was hard to believe that what I was holding costs only Rs. 14,990. Nokia has chiseled the 6 out of a single block of Aluminium Series 6000, and apparently, the process of making the shell is meticulous and very time consuming. All marketing talk aside, the phone almost felt as good as the Google Pixel, with a well balanced weight distribution. Holding the Nokia 6, it didn’t feel like you had to worry about the phone accidentally slithering out of your sweaty palms and making contact with the ground at 9.8 meters per second square.
The slightly cheaper Nokia 5 is built of the same grade 6000 block of aluminium, but has a slightly more rounded design in comparison to the Nokia 6. The build and finish on this beautiful phone is just as polished as the Nokia 6, meaning that not only does it look good, but it also feels like it can handle some abuse.
The Nokia 3, the cheapest of the lot, is built from Nokia’s love for Polycarbonate shells. The shell is wrapped in a premium quality aluminium frame that makes gripping the device rather easy. If anyone remembers, Nokia had used Polycarbonate to build the Nokia Lumia 920, but that phone was slippery as the material didn’t offer enough friction.
Software and Operating System
The demo units I played around with ran on stock Android 7.1.1, with the only modification being the look of some icons. Since the Nokia 6 will be an Amazon exclusive, there will be Amazon’s suite of apps pre-installed on the phone, but other than that, there is no customization running on the Nokia 6 ROM. The Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 did not have these Amazon apps and will be offline exclusive. Nokia promises to provide timely updates and even quicker turn around times for issuing security patches, thanks to its decision to stick with stock Android.
When it comes to specifications, the Nokia devices aren’t powered by the most ground breaking hardware. At its heart, the Nokia 6 employs the humble Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of low power DDR3 RAM and 32GB of on-board storage which can be expanded to 128GB with the aide of a microSD card. It comes with a 5.5″ LCD-IPS display with a pixel density of 403 ppi, 4GVoLTE support, a 3000mAh battery that Nokia promises will easily get you through a busy day. Nokia’s bundled a 16 megapixel camera on the back of the Nokia 6 while the front is dominated by an 8 megapixel shooter. Interestingly, the front camera has a higher pixel pitch in comparison to the primary camera (1.12 um vs. 1.0 um), but this isn’t sufficient data to come to a conclusion.
The Nokia 5 too is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, but it is accompanied by only 2GB RAM and 16GB of on-board storage (expandable to 128GB). The Nokia 5 gets a 13 megapixer rear camera and an 8 megapixel front camera, both of which have a 1.12um pixel pitch.
The Nokia 3 finds itself being powered by a MediaTek 6737 quad-core processor along with 2GB DDR3 RAM. The 5″ display has a resolution of 1280×720, just like the Nokia 5 but a slightly higher pixel density of294ppi.
The Nokia 3 finds itself being powered by a MediaTek 6737 quad-core processor along with 2GB DDR3 RAM. The 5″ display has a resolution of 1280×720, just like the Nokia 5 but a slightly higher pixel density of 294ppi.
For the price, these aren’t the most powerful devices, but we’ve seen how well optimized software can squeeze performance out of even the most modest of hardware. We didnt notice any lag while browsing on the Nokia 6, opening 10 tabs and even swithcing between various pre-installed apps. Transitions were smooth and animation quality as good as you would have come to expect. Using the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 was identical in that regard, but there’s only so much load stock apps can put on the hardware, especially when its brand new.
Our first impression of the three Nokia devices is extremely positive. It is very evident that Nokia has focussed on building the devices which showcases the company’s strengths instead of specifications. How the devices will fare in real life, will be determined once we have reviewed the devices but for now, this first impression of the three smartphones is extremely promising.
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