It’s been almost a month , I’d been using Nokia 3 , courtesy HMD Global – Pakistan , it has not been my main phone ,but being used on the side as my secondary device.
If you are not aware , Nokia under the umbrella of HMD-Global , a Foxconn company , has relaunched the Nokia brand and starting from Nokia 3310 , they have also introduced Nokia 3 with soon to launch Nokia 5 , Nokia 6 and Nokia 8.
With Nokia 3 , HMD has kept it simple , playing on their hardware prowess while keeping the software stock Android , i.e. no Nokia / HMD Skins , a couple of custom softwares , in fact software wise , you can can compare it with Google Pixel.
Looking at the phone , Nokia has gone with premium materials and the body is made of one piece precision Aluminum frame, for those familiar with Lumia range , will find design cues from the now forgotten Windows Phone devices. For further protection, Nokia has gone with Gorilla Glass 3 and it’s very much scratch resistant.
On the hardware side , the device is powered by MTK 6737, Quad-core 1.3Ghz processor, having 2GB RAM and 16 GB memory and support for 128 GB SD Card . There had been reports of sluggish performance , but I’ve kept my device use limited to generic software which came already installed and didn’t had any problem with speed. Maybe if I start using it like my Samsung S8 + , with Microsoft Suite , gaming and all , the device may perform sluggish , but again , I’ll be comparing a Rs 13,000 device with a Rs 80,000 device so it won’t be fair.
With my use , the 2630 MAH battery lasted for a day , with only WiFi and Data Services on and I find it sufficient for normal daily usage.
The camera , is something , Nokia has to work upon. One of the biggest strengths of Nokia brand had been it’s Camera , but in Nokia 3 , despite it having a 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2 , the results are not up to par , probably it’s due to Android drivers not being compatible with the Nokia Camera software and to counter that HMD has just released an update to their camera software for which we have yet to check the results.
Overall , for the first and entry level device , Nokia 3 is a good start , but the price of Rs 13.000 is a bit steep , if Nokia would have kept the price at below Rs 10,000 it will have abetter chance to compete with offerings by Samsung and Q-Mobile in Pakistan.
Currently , Nokia 3 , is running Android 7.0.0 , but is expected to get Android 7.1.1 by the end of the month ( August)