New Nokias: everything you need to know

Nokia is back. The Finnish brand is once again adorning smartphones and at MWC 2017 it took to the stage to reveal its first three devices: Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.

All  three handsets boast highly affordable price tags and focus on delivering solid feature sets and stylish design for not a lot of money.

Cut to the chase

  • What are they? The new range of Nokia-branded phones
  • When are they out? Q2 2017 (between April and June)
  • What will they cost? Not a lot, all have affordable price tags

New Nokias release date

Hottest facts:

  • On sale: Q2 2017 (April-June)

Nokia has confirmed that the new Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will all go on sale globally in Q2 of this year. 

That means a new Nokia release date will fall sometime between April and June, but exact timings and locations will be revealed nearer to the time.

New Nokia 6

  • Nokia 6 price: €229 (around $240, £195, AU$315)
  • Front-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Full metal body made from a single slab of series 6000 aluminum
Nokia 6 specs

Dimensions: 154 x 75.8 x 7.85mm
OS: Android 7 Nougat
Screen size: 5.5-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 430
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: 3,000mAh
Rear camera: 16MP
Front camera: 8MP

The new Nokia 6 is the most feature packed of the firm's new trio, with a 5.5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner and a 3,000mAh battery.

It's not a flagship line up of specs, but when you consider the Nokia 6 price is just €229 (around $240, £195, AU$315) it looks like pretty good value for money.

Nokia actually launched the 6 early this year in China to test the waters, and has now go ahead with its global rollout thanks to the positive reaction generated.

On screen you'l find the stock version of Android 7 Nougat, the latest version of Google's operating system, without any interface overlay or pre-installed bloatware, giving you a clean workspace.

If you're feeling fancier, there's a special edition variant of this handset - the Nokia 6 Arte Black - which features a glossy 'piano black' rear, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for an asking price of €299 (around $315, £255, AU$410).

New Nokia 5

  • Nokia 5 price: €189 (around $200, £160, AU$260)
  • 13MP rear camera and 8MP front snapper
  • Fingerprint scanner doubles as the home key
Nokia 5 specs

Dimensions: 149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05mm
OS: Android 7 Nougat
Screen size: 5.2-inch
Resolution: 1280 x 720
CPU: Snapdragon 430
Storage: 16GB
Battery: 3,000mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 8MP

The Nokia 5 sits in the middle of the new trio of phones, offering a more compact design over the slightly more premium Nokia 6, and a few extra features over the cheaper Nokia 3.

It comes with a  5.2-inch HD display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner and a 3,000mAh battery.

Like the 6, the new Nokia 5 also features a full metal body for a premium look and feel, and the front mounted fingerprint scanner doubles as the home navigation key.

New Nokia 3

  • Nokia 3 price: €139 (around $130, £105, AU$170)
  • Pure Android 7 operating system

New Nokia 3 specs

Dimensions: 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48mm
OS: Android 7 Nougat
Screen size: 5-inch
Resolution: 1280 x 720
CPU: MediaTek 6737 quad-core
Storage: 16GB
Battery: 2,650mAh
Rear camera: 8MP
Front camera: 8MP

Last, but not least, is the baby of Nokia's new smartphone pack - the new Nokia 3 which sports an incredibly attractive price tag.

There's a 5-inch HD display, MediaTek quad-core chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 8MP wide-angle front snapper and a 2,650mAh battery.

There's no fingerprint scanner in play here, and it packs a cheaper chipset than the 5 and 6 so performance won't be as good - but at this price it can be forgiven. 

You still get the pure Android experience, a couple of acceptable cameras and a decent HD display, making the Nokia 3 a nice little budget buy.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2017 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

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