Not that long ago, smartphone shoppers who wanted an unadulterated Android device looked at Google's Nexus line. However, Google appears to be chasing high-end shoppers with its Pixel phone, leaving a bit of a gap in the market. Upstart smartphone manufacturer HMD thinks there's a neglected community of shoppers who want stock Android, regular updates, and quality manufacturing in an affordable device. Enter the Nokia 6.
HMD is a new Finnish manufacturer that brought together former Nokia employees and licensed the brand, which Microsoft bought in 2013. The upstart company garnered some press with its recreation of the classic Nokia 3310, but it's the Nokia 6 that's the real contender in the Android handset market.
The phone's specs are fairly impressive considering its price point. The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.5" 1920x1080 IPS display and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC along with 3GB of RAM. There's a 3000 mAh battery, a 16MP rear camera, dual speakers, and a fingerprint sensor. The 32GB of internal storage won't make headlines, but there's a microSD slot for further expansion. The aluminum unibody is a decidedly premium feature, and a pleasant surprise at an affordable price.
The cherry on the top is that HMD announced a commitment to keeping its new line of phones regularly updated. Not only does the Nokia 6 come with stock Android, the company is promising monthly security updates and fast updates for new features. As a sign of the commitment to this promise, the Nokia 6 will have Google Assistant enabled out of the box.
HMD is also releasing the Nokia 5, a smaller variant of the Nokia 6. It has a 5.2" display, but is otherwise fairly similar to the bigger handset. It has the same Snapdragon 430 SoC and 3000 mAh battery, though RAM capacity drops to 2GB. HMD slightly downgraded the rear camera to a 13MP unit and reduced the amount of flash storage to 16GB.
Finally, HMD has announced the Nokia 3, an unmistakably budget smartphone. Its 5" display has a resolution of 1280x720, and the Snapdragon SoC in the higher-end models is replaced with a MediaTek 6737 SoC. There's still 2GB of RAM on tap, and a 2650 mAh battery.
HMD has announced some very competitive pricing for these devices. The limited edition Nokia 6 Arte edition 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will sell for $318 (or 300€). The regular Nokia 6, on the other hand, will go for only for $244 (about 230€). The Nokia 5 will carry a price of $201 (190€), and the Nokia 3 will cost $148 (140€). HMD expects to release all these phones in the second quarter of 2017.
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