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Nokia 3 hands-on and first impressions

The Nokia 3 is the most affordable Android smartphone in HMD Global’s new lineup. Here are our first impressions.

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Apart from launching the nostalgia-inducing Nokia 3310, HMD Global also took the wraps off three new Nokia-branded Android smartphones — Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 (global variant). Priced at 139 Euros (Rs 9,800 approximately), the Nokia 3 is the most affordable Android smartphone in HMD Global s new lineup. At the ongoing MWC 2017, I spent sometime with the Nokia 3, and here are my first impressions. Also Read - Nokia C20 Plus budget smartphone launched: Check specs, price and other details

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The Nokia 3 is quite different from the other new Nokia smartphones in the way it looks and feels. Instead of boasting a metal body, the Nokia 3 gets a polycarbonate body, but by no means does it look or feel cheap. There is an anodized aluminum frame, which adds a measure of rigidity, and the device does feel like it can survive a fall or two. The curved edges also ensure that the smartphone nestles comfortably in your palms. The Nokia smartphone will be available in a bunch of interesting color options, including silver, matte black, copper and tempered blue. Also Read - Apple’s Craig Federighi admits the level of Mac malware is not acceptable, iOS fairs better

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The front part of the Nokia 3 features a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) IPS display with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The display is sharp with bright colors, boasts decent viewing angles, and the touch response was pretty smooth as well. The display also gets a polarizing layer, which the company says will offer great legibility under direct sunlight. Unfortunately, since the event was held in the evening, we couldn t really put this claim to test. ALSO READ: Nokia 3310 hands-on and first impressions

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Unlike the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 that are each powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Nokia 3 has a MediaTek SoC under the hood. The MediaTek 6737 octa-core processor is paired with 2GB of RAM, and the Nokia 3 also offers 16GB internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. These specifications maybe the minimum that you expect in this price segment, but Nokia has clearly said that just specs don t matter, and it is more focused on the overall experience.

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Speaking of which, in the little time that I spent with the Nokia 3, it didn t feel under-powered. Apps opened and closed with relative ease, and scrolling too was smooth. The smoothness was maintained even when there were a few apps open in the background. Much of this is also down to pure Android experience that is on offer. The Nokia 3 runs on Android Nougat out-of-the-box, and also comes with Google Assistant onboard. The company has also promised that the smartphone will get the latest Android updates on time. We will take a much closer look at the Nokia 3 s performance over a longer timeframe when we review it.

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For photography, the Nokia 3 is equipped with an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera at the back with dual-LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. Up front too there is another 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus capabilities and f/2.0 aperture for selfie lovers. We must admit, it is a bit of a rarity to find a smartphone in this range. Ambient lighting conditions aren t the most ideal place to test a camera. We did click a couple of shots in the demo zone, and performance was satisfactory at best. We will again test the cameras in depth in our review.

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Making sure everything ticks is a 2,650mAh battery. Coupled with a relatively low-resolution display, and lower amount of RAM, the battery on the Nokia 3 should be good enough to last an entire day on a single charge.

With the launch of new Nokia-branded smartphones, HMD Global is targeting most of the price segments. In the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment, competition is tough and the likes of the highly popular Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, Redmi Note 4, and the Lenovo K6 Power immediately come to mind. My early impressions of Nokia 3 are quite positive as it has a lot going in its favor like the design, premium build quality, and more than decent set of specifications. Besides the apparent nostalgia value of owning a Nokia branded smartphone, the Nokia 3 in itself is quite impressive and in my opinion is set to leave a mark on you guys. We will soon put the Nokia 3 through our review. So stay tuned!

BONUS VIDEO: Nokia 3310 Hands On and First Impressions

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  • Published Date: February 28, 2017 10:54 AM IST


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