Nokia is back, but now in an Android avatar
The Nokia 5 is one of the three Android-based Nokia phones announced by HMD Global. Photograph: (Others)
HMD Global, the new manufacturer of Nokia phones, has announced a global portfolio of Nokia-branded Android phones - Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 - a day ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 kicks off in Barcelona. Priced competitively, the entire range of Android phones from Nokia will be available globally from the second quarter of 2017.
The Nokia 3 is the cheapest of all and carries a price tag of 139 euros. The Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6, on the other hand, are priced at 189 euros and 229 euros, respectively.
Unlike the Nokia X, XL and XL+ Android phones from Microsoft, the new Nokia phones are pure Android devices. “The new Nokia smartphones feature Google’s most recent innovation, the Google Assistant, building further on a great Android experience. Our teams have worked together to ensure the Google Assistant is integrated, allowing for conversations with the Google Assistant to take place easily on Nokia smartphones,” says HMD Global in a press note.
The Nokia 3 features a 5-inch display, 8 megapixel rear and front cameras, and comes in four colours - Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White.
The mid-range Nokia 5, at 5.2 inches, is a slightly bigger phone than the Nokia 3. The Nokia 5 will be available in the same set of colours as the most affordable Nokia 3.
The Nokia 6, on the other hand, is over a month old phone. Introduced in China last month, the phone has now been announced for the global markets. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and includes Dolby Atmos sound.
Besides these three Android phones, HMD Global has also launched the iconic Nokia 3310 in a new avatar.
Nokia was once the world's dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones, and then chose Microsoft's Windows operating system for its "Lumia" range.
After the 2014 deal, Microsoft continued selling cheaper basic phones under Nokia's name and Lumia smartphones under its own name, but last year, it largely abandoned both businesses.
HMD in December took over the Nokia feature phones business and struck a licensing deal that gave it sole use of the Nokia brand on all phones and tablets for the next decade.
It will pay Nokia royalties for the brand and patents, but Nokia has no direct investment in HMD.