Nokia 3 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Quick Verdict

Budget phones are always going to be compromise devices, but the Nokia 3 compares poorly against other low-cost phone options, and is only recommended if you're a die-hard Nokia brand fan.

The good

  • Nice design for a budget phone
  • Clean Android install
  • 2 years of updates

The bad

  • Ordinary performance at best
  • Very slow camera
  • Poor battery life

Nokia 3 at a glance
When was the Nokia 3 released? July 2017.
What’s new about the Nokia 3? 5-inch display, Android 7.1, 2 years of software support.
How much does the Nokia 3 cost? Recommended retail price (RRP) $249, but available cheaper online and in stores.

The revived Nokia's cheapest handset looks pretty good on the outside, but appearances can be deceptive.

Nokia is one of those phone brands that generally brings with it fond memories of mobile devices that were solidly more on the "feature" rather than "smart" phone side of the fence. Not that Nokia didn't have its own entries in the smartphone race, both with its own Symbian-based handsets and then later with Windows Phone based handsets, but declining sales saw the Finnish communications giant lose both market position and interest in the space, before selling its entire mobile business to Microsoft. Microsoft later dropped the Nokia name from its handsets. Given the glacial pace of its handset releases, it's very likely that it's also out of the handset game as well.

So how can I be testing out a "new" Nokia phone, precisely? It's because Nokia's deal with Microsoft sold off the factories and intellectual property, but not the actual Nokia naming rights. It has sub-licensed that naming for mobile phones to fellow Finnish company HMD Global. That's where the new range of Nokia handsets, beginning in 2017 with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 hail from. HMD has quite the history and expectation for quality to live up to but has very solidly positioned itself as a low-cost player, especially with the RRP $249 Nokia 3.

Design

  • More attractive than your average budget smartphone
  • Comfortable and functional, if not remarkably stylish

Camera

  • Slow performance leads to missed or blurry shots
  • Quality is below average even for a budget handset

Performance

  • Plodding performance even for a budget smartphone
  • Nokia's Android implementation is lean, at least, and the promise of software updates is appreciated

Battery life

  • Poor longevity despite its low-power processor
  • Getting a full day's use out of a single charge will be a struggle for most users

Verdict

  • The Nokia 3 makes too many compromises to warrant its asking price

Pricing and availability

Nokia 3

Knock, knock, Nokia's back for more

The Nokia brand makes its return with the affordable, Android-powered Nokia 3.

Promoted
  • The Nokia 3 retails for $249, but you can find it selling for around $150 at retailers like Amazon and Catch.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 1280 × 720
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor MTK 6737
Height (mm) 143.4
Width (mm) 71.4
Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g) 140
Battery size (mAh) 2,630
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 2
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 8
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 425
5.5
720x1280
8GB
MTK 6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 630
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
MT6737M
4.5
854 x 480
8GB
MSM8905
2.45
320 x 240
4GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
2560 x 1440
128GB
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 5.1
MediaTek Helio P18
5.5
1080 x 2160
16GB
N/A
2.4
320 x 240
128MB
Snapdragon 636
5.84
1080 x 2280
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 835
5.3
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 660
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MediaTek Helio P60
5.8
HD+
32GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
5.8
HD+
64GB
Snapdragon 430
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB

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