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Nokia once made some of the most reliable and no-nonsense phones, and it’s nice to see the brand return in the game. Let’s start by saying that the new range of Nokia devices have been launched by HMD Global. At the time of launch, Nokia 3 was promoted as a Nokia device with stock Android performance and regular updates. It is more expensive than Nokia 2, but costs lesser than its better cousin – Nokia 6. Should you invest in the new Nokia 3? Here’s a quick take.

The basics

Before we talk about the design, let’s start with the basic specifications. The device runs on the MediaTek MT6737 chipset and comes with 2 GB RAM along with internal storage of 16 GB, expandable up to 128 GB. The phone has a 5-inch IPS LCD display, which feels and looks great, and it’s easy to hold the device in hand while typing. There’s one camera on the back, with LED flash and autofocus, and one on the front – both 8MP cameras. It is powered by a 2630mAh battery, which offers decent mileage of around 16 hours or so. The device comes with Google Assistant out of the box – which is not true for many devices of the same range. There are two SIM slots, with support for4G and VoLTE. Nokia 3 is priced at Rs. 9,499.

Pros and cons

The design of Nokia 3 remains one of its main highlights. It doesn’t come with a full-metal body, which is not a bad thing, especially when we have so many similar-looking devices in the same range. The aluminum metal frame is sturdy and the polycarbonate back doesn’t feel cheap. The design resembles the look of the Lumia range in more ways than one. The stock Android performance is just great, and you are assured of regular updates. What doesn’t work is the missing fingerprint scanner and the low-on-performance cameras. Nokia could have done better with those two aspects, but as far as performance is concerned, this is one as good as you would expect a Nokia device to be.

On the whole, Nokia 3 is impressive in parts, but it has a tough deal ahead, given that the segment is burdened with too many choices. The brand comes with its own nostalgia and assurance, so if you always wanted to buy an updated Nokia device, Nokia 3 is worth your time and money.

Marie Sofsian

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