HMD Global introduced the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and the Nokia 3 today in India. The iconic Nokia brand has enjoyed tremendous popularity when it started its journey in the country with its range of durable and affordable phones. As part of the brand’s comeback, HMD Global is piggybacking the Narendra Modi-led ‘Make in India’ initiative and has promised that all the Nokia-branded smartphones sold in the country will be manufactured locally. Also Read - Nokia C01 Plus with an upgraded processor and bigger battery launchedAlso Read - HMD Global could soon launch Nokia X50 powered by the unannounced Snapdragon 775 SoC
At the launch event, HMD Global Vice President, India, Ajey Mehta announced that all the future Nokia-branded phones will be in line with the government’s idea of promoting local manufacturing. This comes as a reiteration of Mehta’s words at the time of the launch of Nokia 3310 in India when he said,”We will attempt to ensure all our products are made in India. We will source all our product from India. Also Read - Nokia C10, Nokia C20 with 6.5-inch HD+ displays launched: Price, specifications
Foxconn is the manufacturing partner of HMD Global and the two companies have been working for some feature phones and as the company indicates, will be collaborating on future projects as well. Launch of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 marks the brand’s re-launch in the Android smartphone market where major brands are trying to hop on the Make in India bandwagon to expand their consumer reach. One of the recent brands to do so, and quite aggressively, is Apple. While there still remains a lack of clarity on the kind of tax incentives the government will agree upon, the company has already started assembling the iPhone SE at its Bangalore plant. ALSO READ: Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 launched in India; prices start at Rs 9,499: Specifications, features
What also makes the new Nokia smartphones a balanced offering is that HMD Global has made these available through both the online and offline platforms. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be available offline while the Nokia 6 will be Amazon exclusive. The company also introduced Nokia Care – its post sales service in over 300 Indian cities with pick-up facilities available in additional 100 cities, along with support over web and WhatsApp.
As for the specifications, the Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch full HD display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass on top for protection. Under the hood, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. For photography, it is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. It is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery and runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box. It features a front fingerprint sensor and in terms of connectivity, it includes dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Type-C port. It is priced at Rs 14,999. ALSO READ: Nokia 3: 6 alternative smartphones you can buy in India right now
Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch HD display and is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. For photography, it is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with an 8-megapixel front camera. Keeping the smartphone ticking is a 3,000mAh battery. The Nokia 5 also runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB type C-port. It is priced at Rs 12,899.
Nokia 3 is the most affordable of the trio and features a 5-inch HD display. It is powered by MediaTek s MT6737 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. For photography, it packs an 8-megapixel rear and front-facing camera. It is powered by a 2,650mAh battery. As for the software, the smartphone runs the newer Android Nougat out-of-the-box. Connectivity options include dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It is priced at Rs 9,499. ALSO READ: Nokia s return cannot be just about nostalgia; it needs to be more aggressive