HMD Global announces Australian release of Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6

Alex Kidman 27 June 2017 NEWS

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The new Nokia Android phones will launch in Australia in late July.

Nokia unveiled the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), with the promise of low-cost Android devices with a classically Nokia design motif. Strictly speaking, HMD Global, the firm made up of mostly ex-Nokia employees that has licensed the Nokia name, announced the new phones, but the deal allows it to use the Nokia name exclusively for smartphones, which makes these Nokia phones.

The Nokia 3 has already launched in other markets, but we won't see it or the Nokia 5 or 6 in Australia until late July. They're all Android 7.1.1 devices and Nokia is quite keen on promoting the phones as a clean Google experience with little in the way of bloatware or launchers on board.Nokia6_738

The Nokia 6 is the hero phone of the bunch, except it doesn't have the price tag to match. Behind its 5.5-inch full HD display lurks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard memory and micro SD card storage. It has a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera and the body is milled from a single block of aluminium. The Nokia 6 will be available in Australia in Matte Black and Silver for $399 outright. That does mean that there are several colours we won't officially see here in Australia.

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The Nokia 5 has a 5.2-inch 720p display with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 on board and just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It has a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera and it will also come in Matte Black and Silver, but for the lower price of $329 outright.

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The smallest and lowest-cost new Nokia phone is the Nokia 3, which comes with a 5-inch display, quad-core MediaTek 6737 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. On the camera front you'll be shooting with 8MP sensors on both the front and the back. While the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 feature all-aluminium bodies, the Nokia 3 features an aluminium frame with a polycarbonate rear. Like the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, you get two colour choices, either Silver White or Matte Black. The Nokia 3 will sell outright for $249.

Nokia hasn't announced any carrier partners in Australia as yet, although HMD Global CEO Arto Nummella has told finder that they're in talks with potential carriers with a possible partnership to be announced later. At these kinds of price points, don't expect significant handset repayment costs on contract, if at all. Equally, the very low-cost Nokia 3 could be sold by carriers as a purely prepaid handset option.

The other phone that Nokia announced at MWC, the Nokia 3310, won't be coming to Australia in its current form because it's a 2G-only device and Australia's 2G networks are living on seriously borrowed time. However, Nokia's CEO hasn't yet ruled out the possibility of a 3G-compatible 3310 in the future.

SpecificationsNokia 3Nokia 5Nokia 6
Screen size5.0 inches5.2 inches5.5 inches
Resolution1280x7201280x7201920x1080
PPI294ppi282ppi403ppi
Operating systemAndroid 7.1.1Android 7.1.1Android 7.1.1
CPUQuad-core 1.3Ghz MediaTek 6737Snapdragon 430Snapdragon 430
RAM2GB2GB3GB
Storage16GB plus micro SD16GB plus micro SD32GB plus micro SD
Rear camera8MP13MP16MP
Front camera8MP8MP8MP
Dimensions143.4x71.4x8.48mm149.7x72.5x8.05mm154x75.8x7.85mm
RRP$249$329$399

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