Nokia 6, 3 and 5 have modest specifications in comparison to rivals from Xiaomi and Motorola, but the brand recall factor can work to its advantage in India
Mumbai: HMD Global, the Finnish company which owns the licence to manufacture and sell smartphones under the Nokia brand name has launched the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in India. The three Nokia smartphones were unveiled early this year at the Mobile World Congress and will be available in the market at Rs9,499, Rs12,899 and Rs14,999, respectively, from next month. Nokia 3 and 5 will be available only through offline stores, while the Nokia 6 will be an Amazon exclusive.
The Nokia 3 has a polycarbonate back, metal frame and is available in tempered blue, silver, matte black and copper colour options. It has a 5-inch display with resolution of 1,280x720p.
Its innards include MediaTek’s entry-level MT6737 quad-core chip, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. One can expand storage to up to 128GB with a microSD card. It runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Pixel launcher on top.
The Nokia 3 will be competing against the Moto G5 (Rs11,999) and the 64GB variant of Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Rs10,999). The Moto G5 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core chip with 3GB RAM, while the Redmi 4 uses a slightly advanced Snapdragon 435 octa-core variant with 4GB RAM. Both smartphones have metal exterior. However, in case of former the metal back is removable and the fingerprint sensor is placed in front, while the latter has a unibody design with the fingerprint sensor on the back.
Xiaomi has also managed to pack in a bigger 4,100mAh battery compared to Nokia 3’s 2,630mAh and Moto G5’s 2,800mAh batteries.
Redmi 4’s only limitation is that it runs a slightly older Marshmallow (6.0) version of Android with a heavily customised MIUI over it. The Moto G5 is based on Android 7.0 with plain Android, like the Nokia smartphone.
Both Moto G5 and Redmi 4 have a 5-inch display, but the former offers a higher resolution of 1,920x1,080p.
Nokia 5 has a unibody metal design with front-facing fingerprint and is available in blue, silver, matte black and copper colours. It has a 5.2-inch display with resolution of 1,280x720p. It packs in a 3,000mAh battery and is driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core chip with 2GB RAM. It offers only 16GB as internal storage but can accommodate microSD cards up to 128GB. It runs the latest (7.1.1) version of Android Nougat with a layer of Pixel launcher on top.
Nokia 5 is likely to be pitted against the 32GB variant of Lenovo Z2 Plus (Rs14,999), which has a unibody design too but with glass finish on the back. Its fingerprint sensor is clubbed with the home button in front. It has a 5-inch display but has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p. What gives it a clear advantage over the Nokia smartphone is the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core chip, which has been paired with 3GB RAM. It also packs in a slightly bigger 3,500mAh battery.
It runs plain Android but with Marshmallow (6.0) underneath. Its other limitation is that it offers only 32GB storage and doesn’t support microSD card.
The Nokia 6 also has a metal body with a front-facing fingerprint sensor. It runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset seen in the Nokia 5, but clubs it with 4GB RAM and offers 32GB internal storage with the option to add 128GB more via microSD card. It is a big-screen smartphone and has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920x1,080p. It packs in a 3,000mAh battery and runs Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Pixel launcher. It is available in arte black, matte black, silver, tempered blue and copper colour options.
The Nokia 6 is likely to be compared to the 64GB version of Redmi Note 4 (Rs12,999), which offers a metal body too but has a back-facing fingerprint sensor. It has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920x1,080p. It is powered by a more capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip with 4GB RAM and a 4,100mAh battery. It offers 64GB internal storage and accepts microSD cards of up to 256GB. The only niggle is that it runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with a cluttered MIUI over it.