The Nokia that you’ve known for a long time doesn’t exist anymore. That company doesn’t make smartphones on its own anymore but it did license its iconic brand to HMD Global, another Finnish company, that’s now going to make and sell smartphones under the Nokia brand. At the Mobile World Congress 2017 today, HMD Global unveiled three new smartphones that are running pure Android.
One of the new devices is the Nokia 6 which the company first launched in China exclusively earlier this year. The company confirms that the metal and glass clad Nokia 6 will now be launched globally. The Nokia 6 features a 5.5 inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, a 16 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front camera as well as dual amplifiers which HMD Global says “deliver a 6 dB louder sound than a regular amp.” It has support for Google Assistant and Dolby Atmos as well.
Like the other two smartphones, the Nokia 6 is powered by pure Android 7.0 Nougat, which means it doesn’t have any user interface customizations, bundled third-party apps, and that it will also receive regular security updates. It’s going to be released in the second quarter of this year for $242.
The Nokia 5 is slightly smaller as it has a 5.2 inch full HD display. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. It also has an aluminum casing with curved edges that make the handset feel very nice to hold. Additional specs include a 13 megapixel rear and an 8 megapixel front camera as well as Google Assistant. Like its bigger sibling, this handset also runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be released globally in Q2 2017 for $199.
Last but not the least, the Nokia 3 skips metal in favor of a polycarbonate back held together by an aluminum frame to keep the costs down. It touts a MediaTek 6737 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. It has a 5 inch display as well as an 8 megapixel rear and front camera. The specs may not be anything to write home about but it’s a pretty decent option running the latest version of Nougat for just $147 when it also comes out in the second quarter of this year.