Nokia now has three budget Android phones in its arsenal, but everyone is going to want the 3310

HMD has expanded its line of Nokia handsets with a pair of low-priced models, but the show-stopper is the updated retro model.

Even with years having passed since its last hit phone, the Nokia name still commands respect. As one of the pioneers of the modern mobile handset, Nokia is something of an elder statesman in today's market, revered but long thought to be too old and out-of-touch with the new trends. But parent company HMD Global is convinced that there's still something left in Nokia's tank, and its new slate of Android phones unveiled at MWC looks to prove that.

However, the headline-grabber is the retooled 3310, a modernized version of the rugged candy bar handset that was made obsolete by the iPhone. While it's not an Android phone, it will definitely appeal to smartphone users as a secondary phone free of distractions.

It's not quite a carbon-copy of the original, it keeps most of its charm (and hopefully, its indestructible body). For around $50 you'll get a 2.4-inch screen, voice and text messaging, limited Internet browsing via an Opera Mini browser, a 2MP camera, and a 22-hour battery. And yes, you will still be able to play Snake on it. It will be available in black, silver, red, and yellow, and we're keeping our fingers and toes crossed for a U.S. release.

Expanding universe

HMD is also adding a pair of budget phones to its fledgling lineup of Android Nokia phones: the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. The 5 features a 5.2-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 430 processor, microUSB port, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 12MP camera. It features an aluminum design in four colors, blue, silver, matte black, and copper, and will cost approximately $200.

The Nokia 3 slides further down the scale, with a plastic, $150 frame. The screen is just 5 inches and it includes a MTK 6737 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP camera, and 16GB of storage.

nokia 6 HMD Global

HMD will begin selling the Nokia 6 worldwide in the second quarter of 2017.

Additionally, the previously announced Nokia 6 will be expanding to the rest of the world (though not the U.S. yet). Already on sale in China, the handset features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD display, Snapdragon 430 chip, a 16MP rear camera, 64GB of storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It comes in matte black, glossy black, silver, blue, and copper varieties, and will cost around $250 (with a $50 premium for the glossy black color).

What HMD is hoping sets these Nokia phones apart from the Moto G5 and Honor 6x is the software. But it's not what it's done to it, but what it hasn't. All Nokia phones features the purest Android Nougat experience this side of a Pixel phone, with no bundled apps or interface tweaks, and the promise of regular updates.

HMD says the phones will be available in the second quarter of 2017. And while a U.S. release hasn't been ruled out, there are no current plans to work with any operators in the States.

Something old, something new: This time last year Nokia was thought to be a dead brand walking, but HMD has certainly breathed new life into it. While the Android phones here won't set the world on fire, it's a good start to building Nokia into a recognizable brand again. And the classic 3310 is a stroke of genius. Much like Nintendo built up hype with its NES Classic Mini, anyone who once owned one of Nokia's tiny rugged phones is going to want to buy one.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Nokiamobile phonesMWC 2017

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Simon

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?