At long last, Nokia smartphones from HMD Global are coming to Australian shores. Set to land in late July, the new Nokia 3, 5, and 6 smartphones are aimed squarely at those who want a premium device at an affordable rate. More specifically, users can expect a longer battery life, brilliant displays, up-to-date camera features, sturdy materials like Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and 6000 series aluminium, and access to the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Pair all that (and more) with a price range of $249-$399 and you’re looking at an offer too good to refuse.
The latest from Nokia represents a vital initiation into both the Australian and smartphone market. Namely, it’s the first major move since the brand was acquired by Finnish-based HMD Global in 2016. Backed by brilliant marketing and superb craftsmanship, HMD Global came ready to rumble. Indeed, the competition is fierce.
Accordingly, Nokia smartphones are aimed primarily at the younger crowd, i.e. those who don’t have mountains of disposable income but still want a formidable device. The result is a smartphone that exudes quality, functionality and affordability in equal measure, something we Aussies genuinely favour. Based on the early reviews, HMD Global looks to have a true winner on its hands.
At the most affordable end of the new range is the Nokia 3. Forged from a single piece of aluminium, the Nokia 3 keeps things sturdy and usable with exceptional precision. It hosts sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 5 over a 5-inch IPS display and comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera on the front and back. Features like automatic scene detection ensure crisp and clear photos. Access to Google Photos on the cloud means unlimited storage capacity. At a retail price of $249, the Nokia 3 takes an elevated approach to the unfettered smartphone experience, optimising the basics without gouging the price. It’s available in two colours: matte black or silver white.
In the middle of the pack is the Nokia 5. It has a 5.2 inch IPS HD display and employs an eye-catching curved 3-D finish for some next level aesthetics. A 13MP Phase Detection Auto Focus camera delivers a slew of optimised capabilities to capture brilliant, natural colours. The Nokia 5 also includes Google Assistant to heed any question within reason. Think sleek, optimal and preciously affordable at $329. The Nokia 5 is available in the colours of matte black and silver.
At the top of the line is the Nokia 6. Still painstakingly sleek, the Nokia 6 is a little bigger and more robust with a bright hyrid in-cell 5.5 inch display. Full-HD resolution stays legible and durable thanks to a laminated display stack and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A 16-MP camera at the back and 8-MP camera at the front are joined by a wide aperture and dual tone flash that can mimic ambient light. Expect consistent high quality pictures from any angle under any lighting conditions. The Nokia 6 is available in the colours of matte black and silver. At $399, it’s a steal.
To sustain battery life, each Nokia smartphone utilises Doze, an intelligent feature that preserves the battery when the phone isn’t being used. Naturally, that’s just one among the many specs making each phone seem like it should cost twice as much as it does. Of course, that’s pretty much the point.