It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Nokia handset on-sale here in Australia, but Nokia is back and they’re looking just as good as ever.
Nokia will be bringing the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, announced back in February at Mobile World Congress to Australia, where they will go on-sale at JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman from late July. While the handsets are heading to retail at this stage, Arto Nummela, Chief Executive Officer at HMD Global says they are working with operator partners to bring handsets to market that way.
Mr Nummela says the launch of Nokia handsets running Android is one that consumers have been waiting for, HMD is concentrating on the low to mid-range handsets with the launch in Australia. The Nokia 3, 5 and 6 all offer value, great looks thanks to that storied Nokia design language and a cruft-free Android experience that will remain up to date, for quite a sharp price.
The handsets launching are in the low to mid-range market, with quite aggressive pricing with HMD launching the Nokia 3 at $249, the Nokia 5 will be available at $329 and the Nokia 6 will be $399.
The introduction of these devices with a clean Android experience addresses a pain point in the Android device world, says Mr Nummela. He has guaranteed that devices will receive both feature and security updates for 2 years.
While Nokia has previously been known for their colourful handsets, HMD is bringing all three handsets into Australia in two colour options only: Matte Black and Silver. Mr Nummela, said that they will be looking at expanding the range of colours available on a market by market basis, so we may still see the Tempered Blue and Copper/Copper White options but likely not for this launch.
Specs for the handsets include Mediatek processor in the Nokia 3, while the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 both get Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. The three handsets range in RAM and storage options, but all three allow for expandable storage using microSD card slots. HMD has also included Gorilla Glass on all their handsets, offering protection from the little accidents that may befall phones throughout their life.
|Nokia 3||Nokia 5||Nokia 6||Release date||—||—||—||Screen size||5.0-inch||5.2-inch||5.5-inch||Screen technology||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||Resolution||1,280 x 720||1,280 x 720||1,920 x 1,080||PPI||294||282||400||Rear camera||8MP||13MP||16MP||Front camera||8MP||8MP||8MP||Chipset||Mediatek MTK 6737||Snapdragon 430||Snapdragon 430||Core config||4x 1.3GHz||—||—||Ram||2GB||2GB||3GB||Storage||16GB||16GB||64GB||MicroSD||Yes, up to 128GB||Yes, up to 128GB||Yes, up to 128GB||Battery||2,650 mAh||3,000 mAh||3,000 mAh||Battery removable||—||—||—||Connector||MicroUSB||MicroUSB||MicroUSB||Headphone Port||—||—||Yes||Headphone Location||—||—||—||Speaker Configuration||—||—||—||NFC||Yes||Yes||Yes||Android OS||Android 7.0||Android 7.1.1||Android 7.0||Vendor skin||—||—||—||Dimensions||143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm (8.68mm is camera bump)||149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm (8.55 with camera bump)||154 x 75.8 x 7.85 mm (camera protruding part 8.4 mm)||Weight||—||—||—||Colours|
Last, but not least: The Nokia 3310 – it won’t be coming to Australia. Mr Numella says that the phone, which is 2G only, isn’t really suited for our markets since we have no more 2G networks left – Vodafone will switch their 2G network off later this year. I raised the possibility of a 3G Nokia 5110, but I won’t be holding my breath.
We’re going hands-on with the Nokia range at their launch event in Sydney today, so stay tuned for some thoughts and pictures – and of course a full review down the track.
Are you excited for the re-launch of Nokia?