As officially announced by Nokia (by way of a post on Twitter), the new Android powered Nokia smartphone devices (namely, the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6) will be launching globally in June of this year. The release of these fresh handset offerings from the Finnish phone maker represents a sort of comeback for the company, so to speak. But it had some help, most especially from its new parent company, HMD Global, who had inked an agreement with Nokia to use the still familiar brand name for a new generation of Nokia smartphones.
The launch of the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6 also mark a new beginning for Nokia software wise. In past years, the brand had partnered with Windows OS for the mobile operating system on its mobile devices. But starting now, any new Nokia branded handset will come preloaded Google’s Android, which is generally considered as the most widely used mobile OS in the planet. HMD Global had actually previously stated that it would launch the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6 during the second quarter of this year. It also bears noting that the Nokia 6 is actually already out in the Chinese mobile market since January early this year.
Of the three new Android Nokia mobile devices, the Nokia 6 looks to be the most impressive, at least in terms of specifications. The handset after all comes with a 5.5 inch display screen with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, flanked by a 16 megapixel camera on the rear side and an 8 megapixel selfie shooter on the front side. When it comes to hardware specs, the handset is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, supported by 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) as well as 64 gigabytes of built in memory. The Nokia 6 will be made available at a price of $240. As for the Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5, they are basically toned down versions of the Nokia 6 with a more budget friendly pricing.
Once the most dominant mobile phone brand across the globe, the recent years have seen Nokia lose its market leadership to Samsung and Apple. Will embracing Google’s Android platform allow the Finland based mobile brand to become relevant again? Maybe, but it bears noting that the world of Android is a very competitive arena, and if Nokia is to remain a household name, it will have to hold its own.
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