Nokia’s revived classic Nokia 3310 did steal the show at MWC (Mobile World Congress) late in February this year. HMD Global, the parent company for Nokia’s new smartphones announced at the MWC event that the revamped Nokia 3310 and other Nokia Android phones will hit the shelves in the global market in the second quarter, 2017.
Interestingly, Nokia has just put out a Star Wars-themed teaser video that reveals all the new Nokia Android phones and the new Nokia 3310 as well. The teaser video posted in the official Nokia twitter account comes with the tagline, “Coming to your galaxy very soon… Nokia smartphones on Android!” The teaser video playback starts with the Star Wars theme music and shows the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and the classic Nokia 3310 which touts saying “I Am the Father Of You All”. The video ends with the tagline “May the 4th be with you” that confirms the new Nokia phones will be launched soon.
— Nokia Mobile (@nokiamobile) May 4, 2017
Evidently, Nokia back in March commenting to its Nokia fans queries had confirmed that the Nokia phones will globally launch between May and June of this year. The company at that time (via official Twitter account) also said that it ‘is aiming to release its latest phones’ worldwide including India between April and June this year. The company said that the ‘new products’ will be available at an affordable price and assured that the devices will have ‘great quality’.
To refresh, the Nokia 6 was the Finnish smartphone maker’s comeback experiment in China. The handset features a 5.5-inch display and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and Android Nougat out of the box. 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.
Nokia 5, a smaller version of the Nokia 6, sports a 5.2-inch full-HD 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 8-megapixel secondary camera, and a 3000mAh battery unit. The Nokia 5 will be available in 4 colours, copper, black, silver and blue, and Nokia at the MWC event 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, 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 8-megapixel camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel camera on the front as well.
The most anticipated announcement at the MWC event, the revived Nokia 3310 is not an Android powered device, but rather run on the Series 30+ operating system. The revived Nokia 3310 boasts of a rather long lasting battery life, just like the original Nokia 3310 phone. The company claims that the Nokia 3310 can deliver up to a month’s worth of standby time. The device has a curved colour screen, a few colour options to choose from, a physical keypad, a 2MP camera with flash, FM radio and MP3 player. At the MWC 2017 event, the Nokia 3310 was announced at an attractive price of 49 Euros (around Rs. 3,500). The feature phone has the once so popular classic Snake game as well.
Currently, Nokia has not shared any specific launch dates but given how much success Nokia has enjoyed in India in the past, we expect that the phones will be coming to India sooner than later.