I have fond memories of Nokia, like many others, so I was excited to watch the Finnish firm's announcements today at MWC. The presentation started with more talk on the OZO 360° virtual reality camera, which was used to livestream everything to YouTube 360. Also of note was that Nokia is finalizing its purchase of Withings, the French connected devices company. Most importantly, however, were the phone announcements.
The Nokia 6, formerly exclusive to China, is going global. We also saw the new Nokia 5, 3, and the relaunched, redesigned version of the fan favorite 3310.
Let's start with the familiar. The Nokia 6 represents Nokia's global "flagship" going forward. We saw it in China not too long ago, so there isn't much new here other than the worldwide availability. For a refresher, though, the phone packs a 5.5" FHD IPS display, a Snapdragon 430, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, 16MP/8Mp cameras, micro USB, a fingerprint sensor, and dual speakers with a "smart amplifier" and Dolby Atmos. It comes in Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue, and Copper and will cost €229 (~$242 USD).
However, to celebrate the global launch, there is a special "Arte Black" edition of the 6. Besides having a special piano black finish (which I can only imagine will be a fingerprint and dust magnet), this version of the phone comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. This will cost a bit more than its less special brother at €299 (~$316 USD).
Next up is the more mid-range Nokia 5. Like its bigger cousin, the 5 is made from a single block of aluminium to create a high-end premium feel without a painful price. For specs, here's what you get:
As you can see, those are not the most exciting of specs, but what's on paper is not always indicative of real-life performance. The goal with the Nokia 5 is to achieve the attention to detail and the user experience that you might see in a flagship, but at more reasonable price. That claim remains to be seen, but you can get this phone for €189 (~$200 USD).
Finally, for Nokia's new Android line, we have the diminutive Nokia 3. This little guy carries with it the aluminium unibody that we saw with the 6 and 5, which is fantastic to see in a device of this caliber.
Here are the specs:
So the baby of the group isn't all that exciting. I will save my judgement on this phone, but it's obviously aimed at a consumer that in no way resembles me or my tastes. I can respect that. The Nokia 3 will cost €139 (~$147 USD).
Also announced at the event was Nokia's commitment to software. Each of these three phones will run a "pure, secure, and up-to-date" software experience, which means a clean, simple UI. All of them will come with Google Assistant and unlimited Photos storage, as well as Nougat out of the box.
You can expect to see the Nokia 6, 5, and 3 become available globally in Q2 this year.
But, wait. Nokia is also bringing back the revered 3310, the most memed phone ever. With a new design, 22 hours of talk time, and a month in standby, the 3310 is really a flash to the past for me. It also features a refreshed Snake, for what that's worth. The 3310 will cost €49 (~$52 USD), but keep in mind that it doesn't run Android. I just thought it's worth mentioning here because, well, the 3310 is back!
So that is all of the important stuff from Nokia's press conference at MWC. Even though HMD Global is behind the helm of the phone stuff, it is still nice to see Nokia's name in the Android world (other than the Microsoft thing). Plus, there is a strong focus on design and upholding the trust and reliability that we associate with Nokia. I am excited to see what the 6, 5, and 3 bring to the table. If you're interested in the new vision going forward, check out the videos below.