Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 go official in India: Everything you need to know

Nokia's phones have always been well-received in India, and while the brand's Windows Phones sold relatively well, customers have been clamoring for a Nokia-branded phone running Android for several years now. Thankfully, the wait is finally over.

At a media event in New Delhi, HMD Global — the company that has exclusive rights to the Nokia brand — has launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 in the country. The Nokia 3 will go up for sale initially, and will be followed by the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6. There's a lot to talk about, so let's get started.

What are the specs?

Before talking about pricing and availability, it's important to take a look at what's on offer with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. Here's the detailed spec sheet:

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CategoryNokia 3Nokia 5Nokia 6
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Display5.0-inch 720p IPS LCD294ppi5.2-inch 720p IPS LCD282ppi5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD403ppi
SoCMediatek MT6737Quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex A53Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Octa-core 1.4GHz Cortex A53Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Octa-core 1.4GHz Cortex A53
GPUMali-T720MP2Adreno 505Adreno 505
Storage16GBmicroSD card slot16GBmicroSD card slot32GBmicroSD card slot
Rear camera8MP f/2.0 lens, LED flash13MP f/2.0 lens, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash16MP f/2.0 lens, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash
Front camera8MP8MP8MP
Connectivity4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFCmicroUSB, USB OTG, FM radio4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFCmicroUSB, USB OTG, FM radio4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFCmicroUSB, USB OTG, FM radio
Battery2650mAh non-removable3000mAh non-removable3000mAh non-removable
Fingerprint securityNoneFront fingerprint sensorFront fingerprint sensor
Dimensions143.4 x 71.4 x 8.5mm149.7 x 72.5 x 8mm154 x 75.8 x 7.9mm

Nokia hasn't made too many customizations to the Android skin, so you'll get an experience that's not too different from pure Android. In a country flooded by Chinese handsets with overly complex skins, Nokia's approach is a breath of fresh air, and makes its devices that much more enticing. Nokia is also promising timely updates for its phones, which is welcome news.

How much do the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 cost?

Here's the breakdown of how much Nokia's Android phones will cost in the country:

  • Nokia 3: ₹9,499
  • Nokia 5: ₹12,899
  • Nokia 6: ₹14,999

HMD Global is made up of veterans from Nokia and Microsoft, and they have a clear understanding of what works in the Indian market. Nokia's brand name by itself is a strong pull for millions of customers in the country, and by aggressively pricing its products, the manufacturer is looking to make a statement.

Although the devices don't offer the same value for money as Xiaomi's phones — the Redmi Note 4 has a Snapdragon 625 and is more affordable — Nokia's brand cachet combined with a pure Android experience should be more than enough to convince customers to pay up.

Where will I be able to buy the new Nokias?

Nokia is exploring different availability options for its latest phones — the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 will be sold exclusively offline, whereas the Nokia 6 will be available only on Amazon India.

Nokia has 400 exclusive distributors that cover over 80,000 retail stores, which means that you will be able to walk into any retail store and have a good chance of finding a Nokia device for sale. All of Nokia's devices, including its feature phones, will be manufactured locally in India.

After-sales service will be handled by Nokia Mobile Care, which offers pickup and drop facility in over 100 cities, with service centers located in over 300 cities.

When will I be able to buy the new Nokias?

Nokia is kicking things off with the Nokia 3 initially, which will be available for pre-booking starting June 16. Nokia 5, on the other hand, will be available for pre-booking from July 7. The Nokia 6 will be exclusively sold on Amazon India, and will be available from July 14.

What are your thoughts on the pricing of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6 in India?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.