Microsoft did everything at its disposal to bring Nokia back to its glory days with Windows Phone-based handsets to no avail, but it is HMD Global that has seemingly succeeded in reviving this brand with Android-based handsets.
Earlier this year, the Finnish company confirmed that it will be handling the Nokia brand for the next 10 years and to start with, the company unveiled the Nokia 6. This phone was first released in China and to many people’s surprise, it sold like nothing the company had seen before. This gave the tech giant even more hope in its efforts to revive the Nokia brand and it subsequently followed suit with a pair of other Android Nougat phones dubbed Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.
The trio has already been made available in quite a good number of European, Asian and African markets and so far, the response is good. However, many might be asking themselves the question of which phone is the best or rather which model should they go for? Well, this article is here to help you make this choice by comparing the Nokia 6 to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.
In terms of design, the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 have the same aluminum unibody build, but the Nokia 3 comes in with a polycarbonate panel on the back alongside an aluminum chassis, making it the low-end model. Nonetheless, the trio looks great from the outside and it gets even better given that you can have either in a variety of color variants.
As for the display, the Nokia 6 leads the way, coming in with a 5.5-inch LCD display screen that has a decent 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD) resolution. The Nokia 5 follows it closely with a 5.2-inch panel that gets an HD resolution, same as the 5-inch panel used on the Nokia 3. The trio has a 2.5D curbed glass on top that features Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology to make them sturdy.
In terms of specs and performance, the Nokia 6 also gets the nod ahead of the rest. Where the phone ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC that is clocked at 1.4GHz and is paired with a massive 4GB RAM, the Nokia 5 gets the same processor and clock speed, but the RAM is trimmed down to 2GB. Even though the Nokia 3 has the same RAM as the Nokia 5, the processor on board is weaker – a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core clocked at 1.3GHz.
There’s even better news for those after the Nokia 6 as the phone also comes in with another variant that packs 3GB RAM and costs cheaper (more on prices later). As for the storage, the high-end Nokia 6 has 64GB of internal memory with room to expand it via a microSD card whereas the low-end 3GB RAM variant has 32GB of storage, which can still be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. On the other hand, the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 have the same 16GB storage, which can also be expanded using a microSD card.
In terms of software, the three phones come preinstalled with the latest Android Nougat OS out of the box and like Motorola phones, the OS is near stock. This means that Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 users will always be among the first to receive software updates from Google, almost at the same time as the Google Pixel and Nexus family. In fact, we’ve already seen this happen with monthly security updates. It gets even better as the trio also comes with support for Google Assistant out of the box.
For the cameras, the Nokia 6 once more leads the way, coming in with main shooter of 16MP and a front snapper of 8MP. The Nokia 5 follows it closely with the same front camera, but the rear shooter drops to 13MP. As for the Nokia 3, you get an 8MP sensor on both the front and back cameras.
Keeping the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 alive is a 3000mAh battery unit, but only the former supports fast charging technology via a microUSB 2.0 port. The Nokia 3, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller 2650mAh unit with. This low-end model also doesn’t support fingerprint authentication whereas the other two have a front-mounted scanner that also doubles as the home button.
As for the pricing, the Nokia 6 is valued at 229 euros for the 3GB/32GB variant and 299 euros for the high-end 4GB/64GB model. The Nokia 5 has a price tag of 189 euros while the Nokia 3 has is valued at 139 euros.
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