Nokia is finally stepping back in smartphone business and we cannot be excited enough. There are already a lot of videos online that show people testing out the durability of the new Nokia smartphones and finding it to be extremely high. This means Nokia is still following its old principles while also listening to the market trends. The company has braced itself to producing amazing smartphones on Android platform this time. Recently, HMD Global launched the long awaited phone from the MWC 2017, Barcelona - the Nokia 3. The phone has garnered a lot of worldwide attention for being the comeback device from Nokia. Let's take a look at how the phone actually is.
The phone seems to have a rectangular look topped with smooth and shiny exteriors. The volume rocker and power button are on the right edge of the phone, while the speaker grill is present on the bottom edge. This would be good as putting the phone down will not suppress the sound from the loudspeaker. There are no on-screen buttons and the primary camera module has been provided on the back of the phone. It measures 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.5 mm and weighs 140 grams. The phone is indeed the right size and weight to be very comfortable to hold and carry around.
The phone comes with a 5-inches 720p HD IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with multti-touch support. The display has a 16M colour gamut and the pixel density roughly corresponds to 285 ppi. The display is protected by 2.5D sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection. The display will turn out to be decent enough to serve its purpose. The HD display will have a brightness of 450 nits with polarizer feature; sunlight legibility should be no problem.
The phone runs on Quad-core 4 x Cortex A53 @1.4GHz) CPU mounted on a Mediatek MT6737 chipset. The Nokia 3 will have 2GB of RAM. Contrary to rumours, Nokia 3 runs on stock Android v7.0 Nougat. The phone has 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. The phone will be competent enough to play basic games and normal multitasking, but expecting too much from a basic phone is a crime. Occasional lags due to too many tasks in the background may be experienced. Overall, the phone will be a good phone for basic phone users, at least on the performance front.
On the software part, the Android v7.0 Nougat comes with all the stock Android native features and will be fluid smooth to use with no bloatware. So memory management should be a little easy. But as said, occasional lags can be expected eventually. But overall performance of the phone isn't sloppy like the Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro.
Nokia has installed an 8MP camera on the back panel and another 8 MP camera in the front as well. The primary camera is 8MP AF camera w/ 1.12um focal length, f/2.0 aperture & and an LED flash. The camera is capable of FHD recording with a resolution of at least 1080p@25fps. Also the camera app comes with multiple camera options such as HDR mode, time lapse, panorama etc. The camera setting would also include Exposure compensation and ISO control. The Front-facing camera is an 8MP AF camera w/ 1.12um focal length, f/2.0 aperture, FOV 84 degrees and display flash. The 84 degrees view has been specially incorporated in the camera for shooting selfies and for effective video calling.
For audio, Nokia has provided a 3.5mm earphone/headphone jack and a single loudspeaker. The loudspeaker’s main use will be during calling. But its loudness should be enough for a small room in case you want to play music or videos. The phone is capable of playback of all popular formats such as MP3, MP4, FLAC, AAC, FLV, MIDI, WAV, WMV, MOV, AVI etc.
The Nokia 3 has an integrated 2650 mAh battery. Given the specifications of the phone, the battery is expected to provide enough power to last a day with moderate to heavy usage. There is fast charging support so it is recommended that the phone is charged overnight. Talking about the connectivity options, we have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, Micro USB (USB 2.0), USB OTG, and Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP & LE.
For sensors, Nokia has added an Accelerometer(G-sensor), light sensor, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor and NFC.
Nokia turned down many expected features from the Nokia 3. Nokia is targeting entry-level and budget smartphone range. The features we found are of the same level. As every phone has good and bad features, Nokia is no exception.WHAT WE LIKED