Nokia's Back to Take Over the Budget Smartphone Market

By Tom Pritchard on at

MWC is now in full swing, and now we're seeing the return of Nokia after the dark days of Microsoft and Windows Phone. Not only has the company announced that it will be launching phones running Android, it's gone and announced three brand new phones with the most insane prices you will ever see. Not bad insane, because these bastards are cheap.

First up is the Nokia 6, which has already been available in China for the past month and a half. It's been a great success over there, so now Nokia and HMD are bringing it to a global audience. It's the same phone, so we already know what to expect. That means a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a fingerprint scanner, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD expansion, a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, microUSB connectivity, Dolby Atmos audio, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

The Nokia 6 will cost 229€, which converts to £194. Even if it ends up going on sale for £229, that's a damn good price.

Also on the way is the Nokia 5, though we don't know all the details. What we do know is that it comes with a 5.2-inch 720p display, an all-metal body, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear camera, 16GB of storage, and a 5MP front camera. It also looked as though it might have a fingerprint scanner, but that's not confirmed right now.

The Nokia 5 will be available in blue, copper, silver, and black, and will retail for 189€ (£160).

Finally Nokia revealed a third smartphone, the Nokia 3. Not much was revealed, but it will have a 5-inch display, an 8MP wide angle rear camera, and an all metal body. It'll cost 139€ (£118).

All three phones will go on sale during Q2 of this year, and will run Android Nougat.


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