After an unveiling at MWC 2017, the Nokia 3310 finally made its way to India earlier this month. While it brings with it a healthy dose of nostalgia, that s all there is to it. All eyes are actually on the Nokia-branded Android smartphones, and HMD Global s ambitious plans to revive the Nokia brand hinges on them. Despite numerous rumors, there s yet to be an official announcement from the company. But if the latest rumor is to be believed, the Nokia Android smartphones will launch sometime in mid-June. Also Read - Nokia C20 Plus budget smartphone launched: Check specs, price and other details
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The rumored India launch date is being reported by NPU, which states that the Nokia 3 will be the first to launch sometime around June 15. This will be followed by the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 towards the end of the month. The report further states that HMD Global plans to aggressively price these Nokia smartphones in India, to help them survive the highly competitive market. Also Read - Apple’s Craig Federighi admits the level of Mac malware is not acceptable, iOS fairs better
The Nokia 3310 is no doubt aimed at tugging the heart s strings, but it lacks in almost every other department. What makes it worse, is the Rs 3,310 price tag makes the feature phone unnecessarily expensive. In such a scenario, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 need to be aggressively priced and marketed to help them take on and survive competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo among others. ALSO READ: Nokia 3310 rekindles emotion, but doesn t delight the wallet
My impression of the Nokia smartphone
All the while I spent with these Nokia smartphones, I was left impressed; especially with the Nokia 3. In a space, where overall design and build quality isn t given much prominence, the Nokia 3 is a refreshing change. The design is what will help the smartphone stand out in the crowded market, while the more-than-decent spec sheet will help in specification and feature comparisons. In the sub-Rs 10,000 range, very few smartphones really stand out, but the Nokia 3 is likely to be one of them. RELATED: Nokia 3 hands-on and first impressions
Similarly, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 are equally competent and in all likelihood will take the market by storm. The Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The smartphone also comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. The Nokia 5, on the other hand, is a compact version of the Nokia 6. It comes with a 5.2-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. It also comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, 3,000mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor.
More than the spec sheet though, what really stands out about these Nokia smartphones is the design and build quality. Another talking point is that these devices run on stock Android OS, and they run on Nougat out-of-the-box. HMD Global has promised regular and timely updates, which is a rarity in the Android space, especially in these price segments.
Four months seem to be a long wait for the Nokia Android smartphones, and the pressure will be on HMD Global to deliver — in terms of pricing and availability. There will no doubt be a lot of interest for these smartphones, and it will be interesting to see how the company copes with it. ALSO READ: HMD will need more than Nokia s legacy to succeed with its Android smartphones