Nokia has been making all the right noises for the last couple of months and now the Finnish giant will finally make its way to India. The famous tagline ‘Connecting People’ may bring back ‘Generation X’ some nostalgic memories, but Nokia is not interested in talking about the ‘good old days’ rather they are now focusing on the millennials. After the disastrous tie-up between Microsoft and Nokia came to an end, a Finnish start-up created by former Nokia employees, HMD Global, decided to take up the gauntlet and bring back the success Nokia once enjoyed.
Without mincing any words, Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s chief product officer, stated that Nokia’s focused in the Euro 150-200 price bracket as this segment covers over 70% of the Indian market. This is good news for all those anxiously waiting to get their hands on the new generation Android powered Nokia phones. The much-awaited smartphones Nokia 6, 5 and 3 will make their debut in June. There is also the retro-styled Nokia 3310, which was recently launched for Rs 3,310. Nokia will also launch a more powerful avatar of the Nokia 6, the Arte Black Limited Edition, which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal space with an option to expand the memory up to 128GB via microSD card slot.
At the Nokia event, where we got to preview their new range of mobile phones, we were told that these phones weren’t the final product for the market. Sarvikas also insisted that there is more to specifications that meets the eye in case of these new smartphones. The Nokia 6 and 5 are made from a solid block of aluminium, which I must confess, does make the phones look very classy and expensive. Also, both these dual-SIM phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, get sculpted Corning Gorilla glass and come with 3000 mAh battery.
The Nokia 6 boasts of 5.5-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, while Nokia 5 comes with 5.2-inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 pixels. The Nokia 6 has 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal space, while the Nokia 5 gets 2GB RAM and 16GB internal space, but both come with an option to expand the memory space up to 128GB thanks to the microSD card slot. Apart from a superior 16-megapixel front camera with dual tone flash and 8-megapixel front selfie snapper, the Nokia 6 also comes equipped with Dolby Atmos technology for better sound effect. On the other hand, the primary camera of the Nokia 5 is 13-megapixel and the front camera is 8-megapixel. We did take some photos from the Nokia 6 at the event. The 16MP camera managed to take fairly decent photos at the low-lit event and retained the natural colours, but when zoomed onto an object, the photo did pixelate a bit.
The Nokia 3 is made of polycarbonate material and manages to give it a solid plush look and feel. It gets a 5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and it is powered by MTK 6737 processor. It also comes with sculpted Corning Gorilla glass and gets 8-megapixel cameras in both rear and front. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal space, which can be expanded to 128GB via microSD card.
Now the specifications of the phones may sound a tad disappointing, but Nokia insists by using stock Android user interface, Nougat operating system and with optimisation hardware and software, these phones will be able to compete with other phones boasting of bigger RAMs. We did use these phones for a brief period and it was nice to see that they were user-friendly and weren’t bloated up with the manufacturer’s own customised UI, which invariably does take a toll on the processor and eventually slow down the phone.
Finally coming to my favourite Nokia phone, the 3310, and the first to be launched in India for Rs 3,310, is a 2G phone that runs on the Nokia Series 30+ operating system and comes with the iconic mobile game —Snake. This retro superstar comes with crazy bright colours, sports a 2.4-inch colour screen and a 2-megapixel camera. Oh and wait for it, it also gets a torch.
So the big question is how much will these eye candy mobile phones set you back by? Going by the subtle hints we received from Nokia, we can safely say that Nokia 6 will be below Rs 20,000, Nokia under Rs 15,000 and Nokia 3 within Rs 10,000. Based on our brief encounter with these Nokia phones, their major challenge will be how they perform consistently and are they going to be as reliable as Nokia once used to be. When it comes to looks and built quality, these phones will certainly be leaders in their segments. Now let’s just hope and pray that June comes quickly.