Nokia Malaysia 3, 5, 6 and the new 3310 Hands-on
After the acquisition of Nokia, HMD is trying hard to bring back the Nokia brand to the world. This week, HMD announced officially that the brand Nokia is returning to Malaysian shores with 3 new Android-powered smartphones – Nokia 3, 5 and 6. In addition to that, the much beloved updated 2017 Nokia 3310 will be available for our market as well. In this article, we’ll share our hands-on experience of all the new Nokia Malaysia products.
Let’s start off with the current big daddy in Nokia’s line-up – the Nokia 6. Being the top of the line-up, the Nokia 6 does not feel like anything the RM999 price tag would suggest. The entire shell is made up of a 6000 series aluminium block, and coupled with 2.5D-look Gorilla Glass on the front that protects the 5.5-inch Full HD display, both give the phone a premium look and feel. The display is rather sharp, has vivid colours and is very bright.
HMD also announce that Nokia is all about user experience rather than craving for crazy specs, so we are actually quite excited about it. Under the hood, the Nokia 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will also take microSD cards up to 128GB. The rear camera gets a 16-megapixel setup, and the front gets an 8-megapixel sensor. Both gets an aperture of f/2.0 and auto focus. The built-in 3000mAh battery is charged over a microUSB port. To top it all off, it also gets a pair of speakers, with a Dolby Atmos certified amplifier built-in.
Four “natural colours” as Nokia calls it will be available – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper. There will be a special colour as well. The Arte Black model will be a limited run, coupled with a bump in RAM and internal storage size to 4GB and 64GB. In accordance to Nokia’s policy of user experience, the Nokia 6 will also join Moto and Google Pixel line-up by offering vanilla version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and Nokia promises monthly security updates.
Being a step down from the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 sits in the middle of the line-up. At a price of RM799, it’s basically a smaller version of the Nokia 6. The body feels premium too with the same use of materials and design, only at a smaller overall size. The display size has been shrunk to 5.2-inch, and at a lower resolution of 1280 X 720. The display is less sharp compared to the Nokia 6, but it is equally vivid colours and bright.
The Nokia 5 is also powered by the same Snapdragon 430 processor, but took a hit at the RAM and internal storage department. 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage is the only variant available. The rear camera is now 13-megapixels, but the 8-megapixel front-facing camera remains, and both still shares the same f/2.0 aperture and auto-focus feature. The 3000mAh battery remains, and can be charged over microUSB. The Nokia 5 also loses out on stereo speakers. It also runs Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.
The same “natural colours” are offered on the Nokia 5 as well – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper.
The Nokia 3 is the entry-level device to Nokia’s Android line-up. At RM599, it is the most affordable in the line-up. In terms of design, the Nokia 3 takes a slightly different route compared to the 5 and 6. It features a aluminium frame with polycarbonate body. Things do change too when it comes to specs, as the Nokia 3 is powered by MediaTek’s 6737 quad-core processor, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and still takes microSD cards up to 128GB.
The display size has been shrunk to 5.0-inch, while still retaining the 720p resolution. Gone are the fingerprint sensor that is located between the Android navigation controls below the screen. It is lighter and thinner than both its siblings. The front and back camera now features 8-megapixel sensors with f/2.0 aperture, both with auto focus capability. The capacity of the battery has been shrunk to 2650mAh.
The same “natural colours” also apply to the Nokia 3 – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper.
Along with the 3 smartphones, Nokia also introduced an update to its highly coveted Nokia 3310, which is known for its durability, beefiness and long battery life. While the new Nokia 3310 still features the same shape, there are lots of differences between the new and old unit. This new version is thinner, so much lighter and now features a polycarbonate body. If you are used to modern smartphones, you’ll get a weird feeling while holding the 3310 in your hands. Everything on the 3310 throws back to the original 3310 in terms of the design. Apart from a full set of number pads, the new 3310 also gains modern Nokia feature-phone button setup, with a 4-button navigation buttons and select button in the middle, as well as 2 option buttons on both sides and dialing and hang-up buttons.
The 2.4-inch TFT display on the front has a resolution of 240 X 320, and the rear features a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash. It’s packing a whopping 16MB of internal storage (yeah you read that right, 16MB not GB), with microSD card expansion capability up to 32GB. The operating system that its running is typical Nokia feature-phone operating system, which is lightweight and fast boot time. With the 1200mAh battery, Nokia promises up to 1 month standby. The model that we get in Malaysia also comes with dual-SIM capability, even though it runs up to EDGE network.
Four colours are available in 2 finishes. The retro Dark Blue and Grey are available in Matte finish, while the Warm Red and Yellow comes with a glossy finish. The Nokia 3310 will be available for RM239.
The Nokia 3310 will be the first device among the four to be available for sale first, followed by the Nokia 3 in mid-June. Both the Nokia 5 and 6 can be purchased the end of June 2017.