Nokia 3, 5, and 6 hands-on: doing Android with style at MWC 2017

by Myriam Joire on March 1, 2017

Nokia is back in the smartphone game with an affordable, stylish trio of Android handsets. In Barcelona this week, the company announced the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, and relaunched the Nokia 6 — a device that was first introduced in China earlier this year — for global markets.

The Nokia 6 is the largest of the three, with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. It packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel f/2.0 PDAF main camera, a fingerprint reader in the front, and a 3000mAh sealed battery. Design is the name of the game for this €229 ($241) mid-range phone. It’s impeccably crafted with a thin (8mm), angular, machined aluminum body, beveled edges, and 2.5D Gorilla glass. And if you want something even more refined, there’s the Arte Black limited edition, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for €299 ($315).

Next up is the middle-of-the pack Nokia 5, with a 5.2-inch 720p IPS LCD. The internals are slightly downgraded from the Nokia 6, with the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP f/2.0 phase-detection autofocus shooter, a fingerprint reader below the screen, and a 3000mAh fixed battery. Once again, Nokia emphasizes look and feel here, with a slim (8mm), curvy, machined aluminum design and sculpted Gorilla glass. It looks classy and feels amazing in hand — definitely a compelling package for the €189 ($199) asking price.

The Nokia 3 rounds up this trio of handsets. With a 5-inch 720p IPS panel, it’s the smallest of the bunch and while it lacks a fingerprint reader, the rest of the specs are pretty decent. There’s a quad-core Mediatek MTK6737 on board, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel f/2.0 AF rear camera, and a 2650mAh non-removable battery. Nokia further emphasizes design here, with a slick (8.5mm) machined aluminum chassis, rounded edges, 2.5D Gorilla glass, and a soft-touch polycarbonate back. In fact, the Nokia 3 is reminiscent of Nokia’s gorgeous Lumia 925 — not too shabby for €139 ($146), eh?

All three of Nokia’s Android smartphones feature NFC, an 8MP f/2.0 autofocus front-facing shooter, micro SD support (up to 128GB), and dual-SIM variants. Sweetening the deal is an almost stock build of Android 7.0 (Nougat), with Nokia’s promise of timely upgrades. Overall, these are solid, affordable handsets with the right mix of features and style. Expect to read a lot more about these fine Nokia devices in the near future, but until then, feast your eyes on the gallery below.