Nokia recently tweeted about the launch of new budget-friendly smartphones for the Indian market. The phones will be unveiled in an event which will take place on August 25. According to some leaks, the company will take the opportunity to launch a feature phone in the event as well. Among the products that will be unveiled, there will be a 4G feature phone as well. This week we got some detail on the specs and renders of Nokia's upcoming 4G feature phone.
One of these products is a new variant of the Nokia 215 that will probably be called as Nokia 215 (2020) or Nokia 215 4G. As it is clear from the name, the phone fells into the budget category and might be the most affordable phone manufactured this year by Nokia. But, to disappoint many, this phone doesn't have any camera. Perhaps, Nokia thinks of people who can't afford an expensive mobile phone with fancy features. The next device is the Nokia 225 that comes with 4G LTE and can run apps like YouTube and Facebook.
According to the reports, the Nokia 225 has already got clearance from FCC. The pictures or renders uploaded on the internet have a date and time on the display of the device that shows August 3, 2020. Probably, the phone was delayed due to the coronavirus situation in the country and around the world. The source wasn't' certain about the name of the third 4G feature phone.
The phone carries the code name Nokia Leo Basic. The Nokia Leo is also expected to feature support for Whatsapp, Facebook, as from being a 4G phone. Further, you will get a dedicated physical button on the side of the phone which is likely to be used as Google Assistant. The feature phones are likely powered by KaiOS. We don't have any detail on the pricing yet, but we can safely assume that these phones will likely be more affordable than any other phone currently in the market with all these features.
The Nokia 5.3 is called the future-proof phone that costs almost half of the entry-level premium smartphone. HMD Global's Nokia 5.3 costs just under $199, and it will surprise you with its software, features, and design as a daily phone. The Nokia 5.3 was already gone on sale back in April this year but is yet to get an official launch in India. And now HMG Global has sent out the invites for an online event on August 25. The invite says it will be giving a brief session virtually ahead of the launch. The virtual session will be done on Microsoft Teams and will begin at 10 AM IST. It is believed the Nokia 5.3 will be announced on the same day.
The company has also reported that the 2020 models of the Nokia 125 and Nokia 150 may be announced on the same day since these device has already received certification by the Bureau of Indian Standards since June. The rear panel of the phone is made of plastic and frame a 6.55-inch display screen with 1,600 x 720 pixels. Due to its cover, it is quite manageable but may not fit in the small hands. If you are watching YouTube videos on the mobile phone, you might want to increase the brightness up to full most of the time as the auto-brightness may not work for you.
The phone house a selfie camera at the top of the display with a small bezel on the bottom. The primary camera is of 13-megapixel with a 4/1.8 aperture and is joined by a 5-megapixel ultra-wide, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The front camera is of 8-megapixel. To take pictures at a low-light situation, it offers a night mode, but the shots it takes are hardly better than those you take without it.
The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB of RAM options. The Nokia 5.3 offers similar software experience as the Google Pixel phones with Android One and no special user interface. The phone will receive software updates for the next years, including Android 11. The device features a massive 4,000mAh battery that is enough for medium-level usage with a single charge throughout the day.
Nokia C3 is one of the most budget-friendly smartphones you can find today and it just got released in China. It comes with a relatively large display and old-fashioned design with thick bezels on the top and bottom. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor that has a single camera on the rear side. The Nokia C3 is up to sale at CNY 699 or roughly $100 for the sole 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It comes with Nordic blue and gold sand color options. It is currently available for pre-orders in the country and will be sold in markets starting August 13.
The Nokia C3 is a dual-SIM phone that runs on the latest stable version of Android with a custom user interface on the top. It features a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS display with 400 nits of brightness. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor, believed to be from Unisoc, and paired with 3GB RAM. The phone has a single 8-megapixel camera on the rear side with an f/2.0 lens. The device also has a LED flash. For selfies, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel image sensor with an f/2.4 lens, housed in the giant bezel on the top of the display.
The Nokia C3 comes with 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card slot. The phone uses Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS for connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack to listen to music or radio, and a Micro-USB port for charging. The phone is powered by a 3,040mAh battery with 5W charging that can sustain a single charge up to 31 hours of audio playback and up to 7 hours of video playback as claimed by the company.
The sensors on the Nokia C3 include an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, acceleration sensor, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. There is also an Xpress button that can be mapped with a feature or an app for quick access. The phone measures 159.9x77x8.69mm and weigh 184.5 grams.
You can expect a good smartphone around $400 that will do most of the stuff people would want from a mobile, but what about a phone that costs almost half of that? HMD Global launched a new smartphone that costs just $199, and yet it doesn't sound too bad when it comes to its specs and features. The Nokia 5.3 has a large screen although, this isn't as sharp or bright as most phones are nowadays, but works great at this price.
The rear side of the device is plastic-made but comfortable to hold. The display is 6.55-inch large and weighs only 185 grams. It is manageable with one hand. There are two buttons on the phone - the power button and the volume button. On the opposite side, you can find the button for Google assistant which is pretty easy to mess up when picking up the phone or holding in one hand. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a single speaker at the bottom.
On the back of the side, there is a quad-camera system that is housed slightly above the fingerprint sensor. The design is okay and doesn't look too cheap or ugly that screams ‘cheap' when holding in your hands. The phone is available in cyan, sand, and charcoal color. Even the phone is only priced at $199, but it comes with four lens camera sensor.
The primary camera is of 13-megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture, with a secondary 5-megapixel ultra-wide camera lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The selfie camera is housed inside the teardrop notch and of 8-megapixel. Nokia's 5.3 camera isn't good though. It could still improve as the software is too slow for four-cameras. I'd rather take a single camera phone than a four-camera phone that takes mediocre phones and painfully slow.
The phone is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM. It's the same chip used in the Motorola Moto G8, the Moto G Fast, and the G Power, and the results are similar. That means you can play games on the device but its' not a ROG phone 2. It may not give you the smoothest experience but never halt or devolves into an unplayable situation.
Recently Nokia released a press release that highlight the news regarding its high-speed 5G internet connectivity. According to Nokia, it has achieved the world's fastest 5G speeds in its over-the-air network in Dallas, Texas, utilizing 800 MHz of commercial millimeter-wave 5G spectrum and Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) functionality, Nokia achieved 5G speeds of up to 4.7 Gbps in tests performed on base station equipment being deployed in major U.S. carriers' commercial networks.
Earlier this record was set by Ericsson just a few months ago. Using dual connectivity enables operators to transmit data simultaneously across 5G and 4G networks, achieving higher transmission rates than using either technology independently. This solution will not only provide subscribers with unrivaled mobile broadband speeds but also enable carriers to sell various latency-sensitive enterprise services, such as network slicing for mission-critical applications.
Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, commented: "This is an important and significant milestone in the development of 5G services in the U.S, particularly at a time when connectivity and capacity are so crucial. It demonstrates the confidence operators have in our global end-to-end portfolio and the progress we have made to deliver the best possible 5G experiences to customers. We already supply our mmWave radios to all of the major US carriers and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them moving forward." Nokia has also rolled out an OS update to Nokia 5.1 plus to 32 countries that include India as well. With the Android 10 update, the Nokia 5.1 has the latest OS.