Back in February, Nokia announced four phones at MWC 2017 -- the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and a re-incarnation of the Nokia 3310. The Nokia 3 and Nokia 3310 have already gone on sale in India. Now the Nokia 5 is set to hit retail stores on Independence Day, August 15. Offline pre-bookings for the Nokia 5 had already begun a few weeks ago on July 7. A few days later on August 23 it is expected that the Nokia 6 will go on sale, although this phone is online-exclusive.
The Nokia 5, which is made out of a single piece of aluminum, will retail for Rs 12,899. According to Nokiapoweruser, the smartphone is set to be available only in select cities like Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru initially with a wider release expected later. Retailers like Croma, Sangeetha Mobiles, Poorvika and Big C will have the Nokia 5 in their stores and consumers will be able to walk into these stores to get the new Nokia Android phones, although only until the stock lasts.
While the Nokia 5 will only be available through offline retail stores, the Nokia 6 will be sold exclusively via Amazon India starting from August 23. In order to be eligible for the August 23 sale, you have to register at the e-commerce website. The Nokia 6 has been priced at Rs 14,999 and is the top of the line model in Nokia's current line-up.
The Nokia 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, the Adreno 505 GPU and a 3,000mAh battery. The smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch 720p display with Gorilla Glass on top for protection against nicks and scratches, a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button up front and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 128 GB).
On the imaging front, the Nokia 5 comes with a 13MP primary camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and phase detection auto focus alongside an 8MP sensor at the front with an aperture of f/2.0 for selfies. The smartphone comes with a stock version of Android Nougat out of the box with HMD Global promising timely monthly security updates as well as yearly Android version updates.
With the Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and the Nokia 6, the brand Nokia is hoping to make a comeback in the smartphone market. Although the phones are manufactured and marketed by HMD Global, a company that formed by long-time Nokia executives, these devices use brand Nokia as part of the licencing deal involving Microsoft and parent Nokia company. Unlike the previous Nokia smartphones that used Windows Phone or Symbian operating system, the new Nokia devices use Android. Not only that, HMD Global has also promised that its phones will use the stock version of latest Android phones, similar to the software that goes into Google's own Pixel phones, and will keep the phones updated with regular security and feature patches.