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Nokia 3 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

  • Nice design for a budget phone
  • Clean Android install
  • 2 years of updates
  • Ordinary performance at best
  • Very slow camera
  • Poor battery life

5 inches

Display size

16GB

Internal storage

8 MP

Rear camera

2,630 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
294 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
720p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
143.4mm x 71.4mm x 8.5mm
Weight
140g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MTK 6737
RAM
2GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
2,630mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$249
Launch date2017-06
Nokia 3

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
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Camera

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


Specifications

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
294 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
720p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
143.4mm x 71.4mm x 8.5mm
Weight
140g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MTK 6737
RAM
2GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
2,630mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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