HMD Global, which has licensed the Nokia smartphone brand, says it will release the next batch of branded phones during the second quarter. The new lineup includes the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 and the Nokia 6 Arte Black and the 3310.
U.S. to get next Nokia phones next month
HMD Global unveiled the new phones during the Mobile World Congress last month, although it didn’t give a release date at the time. The company released the latest details about its new phones via Twitter this week. The phones will be sold online and through select retailers starting between April and June, although a precise date was not given. The company said in a statement that it plans to launch the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 in nearly 120 markets simultaneously.
As HMD said when it revealed the phones, the Nokia 3 is priced at $147 (€139), while the 5 will sell for around $199 (€189), and the 6 will sell for about $242 (€229). The 6 Arte Black is priced at around $323 (€299). The 3310 feature phone is priced at $42 (€39).
Nokia phones to run the “plain” version of Android
Although the 3310 will run on the Nokia Series 30+, the three smartphones will run a so-called “plain” version of Android, providing an experience that’s about as close as you can get to Google’s OS without third-party apps or customized user interfaces.
The new smartphones should also receive Google’s security updates faster than phones from other companies that have customized interfaces laid over the top of Android. They will also probably be light on the bloatware, which is definitely something HMD Global should market heavily when trying to spread the word about the new phones.
The most premium of the new handsets is the Nokia 6 Arte Black, which features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. It also has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and an all-metal body.
The 6 also has a 5.5-inch screen, but it has only 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chip and has the same cameras as the Arte Black model. It comes in matte black, silver, blue, copper, and glossy black, with the glossy black being priced about $73 more than the other three colors.
The 3 has a smaller 5-ich HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and 8-megapixel front- and rear-facing cameras. The 5 has a 5.2-inch display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera.