After making its debut in China, the HMD Global which markets Nokia brand, made its official global debut today at the MWC 2017. At the event, HMD Global showcased as many as 4 new Nokia smartphones including the Nokia 6, which is already available in China.
Interestingly, new Nokia phones will come with the unadulterated version of Google’s Android Nougat OS. That’s only wise because it wouldn’t make sense to goad an immature custom UI at this stage where custom ROMs of other software giants are highly evolved. This also means that Nokia phones will be first in the line to receive monthly security updates.
The former iconic brand aims to cash in on its design prowess, optimized hardware, and Pure Android to re-attain its past glory.
After magnanimous entry in the Chinese market, it is now going global. The Nokia 6 houses a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and laminated Gorilla Glass for protection. It ropes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor along with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, for all the heavy lifting. There is a microSD card slot for media storage expansion.
The Global variant of the Nokia 6 comes with upgraded 8-megapixel selfie camera with a wide-angle lens and auto-focus, whereas, the rear 16-megapixel camera is same as the Chinese variant. The Nokia 6 is manufactured from a block of aluminum with diamond cut edges.
The Nokia 6 has a matte aluminum exterior with diamond cut edges. To impress audiophiles, the Nokia 6 comes with speaker setup that is supported with dual amplifiers and supports Dolby Atmos sound technology. There is another Arte Black limited edition version of the Nokia 6 which comes with a glossy back. It features 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The regular Nokia 6 to retail at $242, while the glossy black to be sold at $315.
After the Nokia 6 announcement, in came the Nokia 5. It is more or less a toned down and compact version of the former. It comes with 5.2-inch display, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor. It gets 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage. Though it also has a shell made of aluminum but it has curved edges to ensure a better grip. It rocks a 13-megapixel camera at the rear and a wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera up front. The Nokia 5 will ship in Q2 across the world. It is priced at $199 and will come in blue, silver, matte black, and copper color options.
The Nokia 3 is an entry level phone that boasts a 5-inch display along with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a quad-core MTK 6737 chipset It has a polycarbonate back and aluminum frame. There is an 8-megapixel camera on both rear and front of the phone. It comes out of the box running on a pure version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat.It too will start shipping in the second quarter this year and will cost $147.
The last announcement of the day came as a revamped version of the iconic Nokia 3310. The re-modeled version of the 3310 comes in vibrant eye-popping colors. It also comes pre-loaded with retro classic Snake game. It is said to offer 22 hours of talk time, which is 10 times more than the original Nokia 3310.
The new Nokia 3310 flaunts a 2.4-inch QVGA color display and runs on Series 30+ software. It comes with a 2-megapixel rear camera and has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. It will also be available globally from Q2 2017 for 52 dollars.
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