At the MWC 2017, HMD Global took the wraps off three Android Nokia phones and among them was the entry-level Nokia 3.
Unlike the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 that come with aluminum unibody builds, the budget Nokia 3 has a sculpted polycarbonate rear panel with an aluminum frame joining the back panel to the 2.5D 5-inch polarized front panel. The display screen is also supported by Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology and features an HD resolution, just like the Nokia 5.
In terms of performance specs, the Nokia 3 has an entry-level MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and mated with 2GB of RAM. The storage is 16GB with room to expand it up to 128GB using a microSD card.
Despite being an entry-level smartphone, the cameras you find on the Nokia 3 are also great, featuring an 8MP shooter on the back with autofocus, LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and ability to record HD videos. The front has a similar 8MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.0, autofocus and support for HD video recording as well. For superior group selfies, the lens has an 84-degree wide angle view as well as a display flash to light up the place when taking photos in poorly lit areas.
Due to its smaller screen size, the Nokia 3 also gets a smaller 2630mAh battery unit and as expected, there’s no support for fast charging technology. Software-wise, you get Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. There’s no fingerprint scanner on this model.
Other extra features found on the Nokia 3 include support for 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, proximity and e-compass sensors and a single speaker.
In terms of pricing, the Nokia 3 has a price tag of 139 euros, which translates to about Ksh 16,500. Even though the phone is expected to hit the Kenyan market at some point in future, we don’t know when exactly this will be happening. But as usual, keep following us and we’ll keep you updated.