Nokia once dominated the global market, and expectedly, when HMD Global announced a re-launch of the brand with new devices, people wanted to know more. Nokia 3 has been promoted as one of the budget-oriented devices within Rs. 10,000, with a sleek design and assured stock-Android experience. The model was launched with assured updates. So, how good does Nokia 3 perform? Is better than its cheaper cousin – Nokia 2? Here’s what you need to know.
Well, Nokia 3 has a nostalgia attached to it, especially if you had one of their devices from the Lumia range. In terms of design, this one comes with an aluminum frame with a polycarbonate back. If you compare it with some of the other devices of the same segment, it might feel a tad better, given that it’s immediate competitor devices, such as Redmi Note 4, have an all-metal body. The design remains one of the main highlights of this device, and despite the polycarbonate back, it doesn’t feel cheap.
The device runs on quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chipset with 2 GB RAM and internal storage of 16 GB, expandable up to 128 GB. The 5-inch IPS LCD display is pretty decent as far as resolution is concerned, and you get one 8MP camera on the front, and an 8MP camera on the back with LED flash and autofocus. The 2630mAh battery is non-removable, and the device has two SIM slots, with 4G and VoLTE support. By the way, it runs on Android Nougat out of the box and also features Google Assistant, which is great.
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Nokia 3 is obviously better than Nokia 2, but it must compete with some of the Asus, Lenovo and Mi models, which have similar features. As far as performance is concerned, there are no lags whatsoever, and the stock Android experience is pretty decent. Even with heavy usage, the 2630mAh battery offers good 15 hours of performance or may be a tad more, but do note that there is no support for fast-charging. It would take around 2 hours to reach that 100%. Camera is just okay, so this might not be something for selfie enthusiasts.
Overall, Nokia 3 is worth all the hype, especially if you are a fan of the brand. It doesn’t bring something very unique to the table, but you have a device that comes with a good chipset, great Android performance and assured updates.