Tuesday, 27 June 2017 15:12

Nokia is back down under – Nokia 3, 5, and 6 smartphones (first look)

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Nokia is back and is making some compelling offers with the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 smartphones that include pure Android and two years of security and feature updates – and the unforgettable Nokia ring tone.

Cast your mind back to the 90s when it was a “Nokia” or nothing. Remember its amazing reliability, quality, and keen pricing. Then remember when Microsoft bought the Finnish phone company and finished it.

It has been reborn with a Finnish chief executive Arto Nummela and about 600 enthusiasts, many formerly Nokia staff that love the brand and is bringing three models of smartphone to Australia in July.

Nummela said, “People just fell in love with the brand and what it stands for. Its new owner HMD is a startup that shares the original Nokia passion. It is the people's brand, a trusted brand, and we have to protect that.”

Nummella presented a compelling case for buying Nokia – quality (aluminum milled unibody), design (yes, it is distinctly a Nokia – gone are the garish polycarbonate Windows Phones), and it uses Pure Android. “Eight-six percent of the world uses Android. We want to elevate it by close cooperation with Google only using Pure Android, we want to make it secure and we want you to have the latest Android security and features as soon as they are released – pure, secure and always up to date.”

Each phone is hewn from a single block of 6000-grade aluminum.

The first models are aimed at the volume mass market. Nummela said that Nokia would expand the range upwards as soon as it can.

Nokia 3 5 6

 

Nokia 6

Nokia 5

Nokia 3

URL

https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-6

https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-5

https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-3

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 430

Same

MTK 6737, Quad-core 1.3Ghz

RAM

Storage

3/32GB

microSD slot

2/16GB

microSD slot to 128GB

2/16GB

microSD slot to 128GB

Screen

5.5” IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080

Gorilla Glass (unspecified)

5.2” IPS LCD, 1280 x 720

Gorilla Glass (unspecified)

5.0” IPS LCD, 1280 x 720

Gorilla Glass (unspecified)

Battery

3000mAh battery

3000mAh battery

2650 mAh battery

USB

Micro-USB, OTG

same

 same

Camera

Rear

16MP PDAF, 1.0um, f/2

dual tone flash

13MP PDAF, 1.12um, f/2

dual tone flash

8MP, AF, 1.12um, f/2

LED flash

Camera

Front

8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees, display flash

same

same

Colours

Matte Black, Silver

Same

Matte Black, Silver, White

Size

154 x 75.8 x 7.85 mm
(8.4 with camera bump)

149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm
(8.55 with camera)

143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm (8.68mm with camera)

LTE

LTE Cat. 4 (150/50Mbps) bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40

Same

Same

Audio

Dual speaker, Dolby Atmos, smart amp

Single speaker, smart amplifier

Single speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack

Comm

Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC

Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1

Wi-Fi (unspecified), Bluetooth,

Sim

Single Sim

same

same

Android

Android 7.1.1

same

Android 7.0

A$ price

A$399

$329

$249

These have good specifications for the price.

All phones feature the distinctive Nokia ringtone but not the famous snake game.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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