Jamie Rosenberg, the Vice President of Android and Play at Google, welcomed Nokia into the Android family at the pre-MWC event in Barcelona. More importantly, he welcomed Nokia back into the industry.
Nokia HMD Global, in a press event before the 2017 Mobile World Congress’s official start, announced its global comeback with the signature Nokia ringtone being sung by an a-capella band. It quickly dived into the four mobile devices with which it intends to go global and make a mark on the industry. The common and important link between the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 is that all three of them will feature Android Nougat right out of the box, with support for Google Assistant, unlimited photo storage on Google Photos.
The Nokia 6 was the Finnish smartphone maker’s comeback experiment in China. The experiment must have gone well – the company claims that the initial stock got sold out in 23 seconds – because the device has now been announced for global availability. The 5.5-inch smartphone that comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and Android Nougat out of the box, will be available globally soon. The company announced a European price point of 229 Euros for the standard variant, and 299 Euros for the Arte Black Limited Edition. The latter is a high-gloss Piano Black edition, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The Nokia 5 is a smaller version of the Nokia 6, toting a 5.2 inch fullHD display. On the inside, the Nokia 5 also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. For imaging, the Nokia 5 packs in a 13MP main camera, an 8MP secondary camera, and a 3000mAh battery unit. The Nokia 5 will be available in 4 colours, copper, black, silver and blue, and Nokia has announced a price tag of 189 Euros for this device. Like the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 has also been carved out of Series 6000 aluminum.
The smallest of these three touchscreen smartphone devices is the Nokia 3. This is the most affordable of the lot with a price tag of 129 Euros (approximately Rs 9,500). This budget device from Nokia comes with a MediaTek 6737 processor and 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch display that supports a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. While the other two phones come with a full metal construction, the Nokia 5 comes with a polycarbonate body, albeit with an aluminum frame around it. The Nokia 3 offers an 8MP camera on the front, and an 8MP camera on the front as well.
However, the most anticipated announcement from the event was the revival of the 3310 brand name. The Nokia 3310 will not be an Android powered device, but rather run on the Series 30+ operating system. The Nokia 3310 boasts of a rather long lasting battery life, just like its legendary namesake. The company claims that the Nokia 3310 can deliver up to a month’s worth of standby time. The device is pretty basic, with a curved colour screen, a few colour options to choose from, a physical keypad, a 2MP camera with flash, FM radio and MP3 player. The Nokia 3310 has an attractive price of 49 Euros. Also, it has Snake. And it has the Nokia ringtone.