Is Nokia Ready to Take India by Storm?

This episode of Orbital focuses on Nokia’s new smartphone launches. Nokia launched three Android phones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. These three Android phones have been hotly anticipated but will they be able to make a mark in a market where there are so many good mid-range Android phones? Games editor Rishi Alwani and “former” host Pranay Parab join host Aditya Shenoy to discuss.

Is Nokia Ready to Take India by Storm?

We start the episode by talking about the three Nokia smartphones and whether the hardware matches up against what the competition has to offer. We look at the specifications of the three Nokia smartphones and wonder whether they can take on excellent mid-range and budget smartphones from rivals.

Nokia’s distribution strategy is also a big point of discussion. We wonder why Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are offline exclusive and why Nokia 6 is an Amazon exclusive. Rishi and Pranay offer theories about this, before we look at Nokia’s official comments on its strategy.

Then Aditya brings up the topic of after sales service. We talk about how difficult it is to provide good service and whether Nokia can differentiate itself from competition on this front. Finally, we close the episode by talking about Nokia’s naming strategy for its smartphones.

WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry OS Phones on June 30

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WhatsApp will end support for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Support for Nokia S40, and Nokia S60 platforms also dropped
  • Users can upgrade to a new device or platform to continue using WhatsApp

WhatsApp users still on handsets running the ageing BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 and S60 platforms will not be able to use the popular messaging service after June 30. The Facebook-owned company will officially pull the plug on the dated Nokia Symbian software and the BlackBerry OS as July starts. This comes after WhatsApp delayed ending support for them by six months, from the original date of December 2016 to June 2017. The reason behind WhatsApp killing support for old Nokia and BlackBerry phones is that they don’t have the capabilities needed to add new features in the app.

The most widely used instant messaging app had last year announced that it will drop support for a few platforms. The company later extended the support until June 2017 after BlackBerry expressed its disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to abandon the platform. Support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 was ended by WhatsApp in December last year.

In its Support page, WhatsApp explains, “These platforms [Nokia S40, S60, and BlackBerry OS] don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry OS Phones on June 30

Interestingly, the lack of support for the old Nokia Symbian phones is the reason WhatsApp will not work on the new Nokia 3310 feature phone. The Facebook-owned company has advised that anyone with the above-mentioned older platforms who want to keep chatting with friends via WhatsApp will need to upgrade to a newer operating system or a new device.

WhatsApp also clarifies that currently there’s no way users can transfer your chat history between platforms though the company will provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email, if requested by users. You can head to WhatsApp’s Support page to understand the steps.

WhatsApp had previously emphasised how much the market changed in the years since WhatsApp was launched in 2009. Recapping the market, the messaging service said that in 2009 Android and iOS platforms were running on less than 25 percent of the devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems dominated the market with roughly a 70 percent share. WhatsApp’s decision to pull the plug on Symbian and BlackBerry, however, recaps how the platforms have lost popularity.

Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone's Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New products at CES 2017 dominated the news this week
  • Nokia 6 launch on Sunday stole CES’ thunder a little bit
  • Vodafone now has a Rs. 499 unlimited calling postpaid plan

Predictably, CES 2017 dominated tech news this week with a range of exciting launches and demos, but just as we were putting the finishing touches to this piece, another launch grabbed the headlines. HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand, announced the launch of Nokia 6, a phone that runs Android 7.0 out of the box.

The Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. See full specifications of the Nokia 6, which will unfortunately be a China-exclusive smartphone. HMD Global confirmed more Nokia Android phones are coming soon.

Before we get to all the CES launches from this week, let’s take a look at some important stories from closer home. Vodafone is taking the battle to Reliance Jio and Airtel with the launch of a new postpaid plan that offers unlimited calling, and 3GB of 4G data each month. The revamped Vodafone Red postpaid plans come soon after Airtel started offering 3GB of free mobile data per month to prepaid and postpaid customers switching to its 4G network.

Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone's Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week

Friday saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) in India – the same phone was launched in Russia in March last year, after quietly making its way to Dubai in January. In both those markets, it was sold as the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016). This is an entry level phone from Samsung, priced at Rs. 6,890.

From CES, one of the highlights was the launch of the Asus ZenFone AR, the first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. It also come with support for Google’s Tango augmented reality programme and DayDream virtual reality software. Asus ZenFone AR, like the other Tango device – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – is designed around machine vision with a camera and sensor setup that provides motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning.

In addition to the ZenFone AR, Also also unveiled the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom camera smartphone with 5000mAh battery at the event. The phone has dual rear cameras and offers 2.3x optical zoom.

Samsung used CES to showcase the new A (2017) smartphones launched earlier this week. The Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) sport “enhanced” cameras compared to their predecessors, optimised for low-light conditions.

Later, pricing of the two of the new Samsung phones came to light as well.

LG also unveiled its K-series phones on the CES floor – the range covers the LG K3 (2017), LG K4 (2017), LG K8 (2017), and the LG K10 (2017).

LG also showed the LG Stylus 3. The South Korean company says that the new 2017 variants of the LG K3, K4, K8, K10 smartphones, and the Stylus 3 will strengthen its portfolio in the mid-range segment.

At its CES 2017 event, Xiaomi unveiled the latest Mi TV 4 and Mi Router HD, apart from announcing a brand new White colour variant of the Mi MIX smartphone. All the Xiaomi CES 2017 devices will be available later this year in China. Slimmer than an iPhone 7, the Mi TV 4 is the company’s thinnest TV to date.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX was unveiled as a limited edition concept smartphone, made in collaboration with French designer Philippe Stark, in October last year, and it will go on sale later this year.

Chipmaker Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 packs an Adreno 540 GPU, and is 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820. The first 10nm chip by Qualcomm comes with longer battery life and will enable thinner designs.

Nvidia launched a new version of its Shield Android TV, called just Shield, at CES 2017. It comes with Google Assistant integration and supports 4K HDR. The new Nvidia Shield will cost $199 (roughly Rs. 13,200) but the company has not announced the availability of the device yet. It will be the first Android TV with Google’s Assistant, but others will follow, and it will come to other platforms over time.

There were also a lot of laptop launches at CES – Dell launched a range of products including a Latitude 2-in-1 business laptop, XPS 13 2-in-1, as well as new Alienware and Inspiron 7000 Gaming laptops. It also launched the new XPS 15 laptop, a Rose Gold variant of the XPS 13, and the XPS 27 AIO.

Asus launched the ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA, and unveiled a new, slimmed-down business laptop, along with a VR-ready compact PC.

LG launched its new Gram 14 laptop, which it claims offers a battery life of around 24 hours. However, the benchmark test used by the company for this claim has turned out to be a 10-year old measurement tool. LG’s new Gram 14 laptop weighs around 980 grams, and is powered by Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and houses up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Toshiba expanded its Portege laptop portfolio to launch a 2-in-1 offering – Portege X20W – pricing details of the 2-in-1 have not been announced yet. The Portege X20W convertible’s main highlight is touted to be its 16-hour battery life. Meanwhile, HP unveiled the refreshed EliteBook x360, a 15.6-inch Spectre x360, alongside the new Envy Curved AIO 34, the new Sprout Pro by HP, and Omen X 35 Curved Display.

Lenovo refreshed the ThinkPad X1 line, launching a host of products under its portfolio including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Miix 720, Lenovo Active Pen 2, Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop, Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition, Lenovo Smart Storage, Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, and Lenovo New Glass C200.

Asus also showed the Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 convertible, a high-end Chromebook. Samsung unveiled a Chromebook with stylus support, while Acer showed off a rugged Chromebook, targeted at classrooms.

Dell also launched a range of new gaming laptops in its Alienware and Inspiron lines, and Lenovo showed its range of Legion gaming laptops, and also a new VR headset, which will work with Microsoft’s Windows Holographic Program. Samsung also showcased a new gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey. The most jaw-dropping of the lot though was probably Razer’s Project Valerie concept laptop, which comes with three 4K displays, for “total immersion gaming”.

On the audio front, JBL launched the Pulse 3, Flip 4, Playlist, and BassPro Go speakers; Sennheiser unveiled wireless headphones and recording earbuds; Sony showed Google-Home friendly soundboards, along with new headphones and speakers; and LG announced a Dolby Atmos capable soundbar.

As usual, CES also saw a number of wearables being launched – some of the highlights were the Misfit Vapor, the Casio WSD-F20 rugged Android Wear watch, and the Motiv fitness ring, which comes with a heart rate sensor. There were a few VR related announcements for new accessories from HTC Vive, while the other products are still works in progress.

Outside of CES, we had two more launches in India this week. We saw the launch of the Xolo Era 2X – the 2GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 6,666 while the 3GB RAM variant has been priced at Rs. 7,499. It replaces the Xolo Era 1X, which launched with a price tag of Rs. 4,999 last year. Other than this, we had the launch of the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO closed-backover-ear headphones in India, priced at Rs. 6,490.

Besides this, TRAI released a consultation paper on net neutrality – you have till February 15 to send in your responses to the regulator on this important issue.

Paytm also announced an interesting development this week – it’s finally received approval to launch its payments bank – the actual rollout will still take a little time, but it’s expected in the coming months. Paytm had earlier announced that it’s going to merge its Wallet and Payments Bank, so your wallet balance will automatically become your bank balance.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited India this week, and launched new programs to help SMBs go digital. He visited his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur, where he talked to students, and told NDTV’s Vikram Chandra in an interview Google is keen to work on UPI. He also met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who says Google should tailor its services to local needs.

These were the highlights of the week for us, let us know via the comments what caught your eye this week.

 

Nokia 6 Launched, iPhone's 10th Birthday, Lenovo P2 Launch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 6 looks good, but has middling specs considering the price
  • Apple could be coming up with three new iPad, no small sized ones
  • Lenovo P2 packs a massive battery, set to launch in India this week

CES 2017 is now officially over, and we can return to our normal pace of consuming tech news. Monday was a very momentous day because of important milestones for Apple and Nokia (no, not the one you knew, the new one). Read below to know the day’s top stories.

Nokia 6 Launched, iPhone's 10th Birthday, Lenovo P2 Launch, and More: Your 360 Daily

Nokia 6 launched, available only in China
As we mentioned above, HMD Global, the company that’s taken control of the famous brand name from yesteryears, has launched the Nokia 6. Well, technically the launch happened on Sunday, but it’s big enough that we wanted to make sure you don’t miss the development.

The Nokia 6 will be sold only in China at approximately Rs. 17,000 (when converted). It is a mid-range Android phone built out of premium materials and a typical feature set. We think it’s going to have a hard time competing with more value-for-money Android phones, but clearly there’s more to a phone than just specifications so let’s see how things pan out. In related news, a ‘Nokia E1’, which looking at the rumoured specs appears to be positioned lower than the Nokia 6, was seen in rough sketches and leaked images.

iPhone celebrates 10th anniversary
On 9th January 2007, ten years ago, Steve Jobs showed the world the first iPhone. It changed the smartphone industry massively – stylus-bound screens were replaced with finger-friendly, intuitive user interfaces. The need to buy a separate digital camera lessened as smartphones doubled up as our point-and-shoots. The concept of app stores made app discovery easy, and created many new business in the process. The ‘10th anniversary iPhone’ is supposedly going to be special, if you go by rumours or even what Tim Cook hinted today. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.

Samsung Gear wearables will now work with an iPhone
In 2013, the original Samsung Gear smartwatch restricted to work only with Samsung phones. Subsequent Gear wearables added support to Android phones made by other manufacturers. Now, the Tizen operating system-based Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit2 will also work with an iPhone. The Gear S app already available on the iOS app store will enable this. Google’s Android Wear platform have been working with iOS devices since 2015. Whereas the Apple Watch, expectedly, only works with the iPhone.

Lenovo phone with 5100mAh battery to be launched on Wednesday
The Lenovo P2 is slated to launch on Wednesday exclusively on e-commerce platform Flipkart. First seen at IFA 2016, this phone promises a good battery life thanks to a massive 5100mAh battery pack. Other specifications include Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3 or 4GB RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage. Check out more details.

Xiaomi’s Mi Bunny is a voice assistant for kids
Other than the razor-thin Mi TV 4 and the white edition of the Mi Mix, Xiaomi also announced a voice assistant in the form of a kid’s toy – the Mi Bunny. It comes with the Chinese company’s in-house voice assistant service, that can send and receive messages on WeChat, a popular instant messenger in China. It’s also priced reasonably at just $29 (roughly Rs. 2,000).

 

Nokia’s virtual assistant may be called ‘Viki’
In a bid to compete with Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa and Samsung Bixby, Nokia has registered the name ‘Viki’ as a trademark in the European Union with the following description – “software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and Web digital assistants working with knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice based interface”. Sounds pretty much like a digital assistant to us.

We had spoken of how Google’s Pixel phones are going to cause more software fragmentation in Android, and it is very apparent now. Here’s hoping the newly-launched Nokia 6 and other Android phones can get this feature via a software update, whenever HMD intends to launch it.

HTC’s U series phones to be revealed on January 12
HTC has decided to let the CES 2017 buzz settle down, as it’s hosting the ‘For U’ event on 12th January, where it is expected to launch multiple smartphones. The HTC U Ultra, U Play, and X10 are rumoured to be the handsets launched at this event, as well as a HTC Vive branded smartphone, which was seen in a leaked promotional video. The flagship U Ultra is said to be a thin device with a metal body and rounded edges, and will come with record-breaking camera performance. HTC is also the equipment manufacturer for Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, which also have been praised for their camera quality.

Three iPads could come Q2 2017, but no iPad mini refresh?
Information from the supply chain suggests Apple could be launching three new iPad models in the second quarter of 2017. It is said that along with an updated 12.9 inch iPad Pro, Apple will be bringing out new iPad Pro models with screen sizes between 10 and 10.5 inches. The company will keep a 9.7 inch iPad as the entry level option, potentially suggesting the end of the road for the iPad mini.

In other Apple news pertaining to India, the company is said to be meeting top officials from the IT and finance ministries in January, to discuss demands for setting up a manufacturing unit in the country.

Nintendo Switch may cost $250
A report from Japan’s financial newspaper Nikkei suggests that the much-anticipated portable and home gaming console, Nintendo Switch, may end up costing $250 (roughly Rs. 17,000) for buyers, when it is officially unveiled on January 12. The price may have been decided owing to the same price point of previous Nintendo consoles. In related news, pricing of compatible accessories has leaked too.

Nokia smartphones launched in India for Rs 9,499 onwards

HMD Global, which holds the global rights to market the iconic Nokia brand, today unveiled three smartphones in the Indian market that will compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple.

The Android-based devices will be available from June 16, priced Rs 9,499 onwards.

“Nokia is a people’s brand and has had a phenomenal legacy. The brand is based on reliability and trust and that is what the new smartphones promise to deliver,” Nokia India Vice-President Ajey Mehta told reporters here.

Last month, HMD had introduced its iconic 3310 feature phone in a new avatar in India.

HMD has an exclusive 10-year brand licensing agreement with the Finnish telecom giant for mobile phones and tablets globally.

Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 smartphones will be available only in retail stores for Rs 9,499 and Rs 12,899, respectively. Nokia 3 will be available from June 16 while Nokia 5 will be up for grabs for pre-booking from July 7.

Nokia 6 — the flagship — is priced at Rs 14,999 and will go for pre-booking from July 14, exclusively on Amazon.in.

 Nokia

“These phones are based on three principles — real life experience, world-class design and regular Android updates that ensure we continue to deliver on the promise of quality and reliability that Nokia is known for,” said Pranav Shroff, Nokia Director Global Portfolio Strategy and Planning.

In India, HMD has partnered with 400 exclusive distributors reaching over 80,000 retail points.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally. As per IDC, According to research firm IDC, sales grew 4.7% to 27 million units in January-March 2017 compared to the previous quarter.

Samsung continued to dominate the market with 28.1% share. Xiaomi followed with 14.2% while Vivo, Lenovo and Oppo had 10.5%, 9.5% and 9.3% share, respectively.

Previous Nokia smartphones were based on Microsoft Windows operating system.

In 2014, US-based Microsoft had acquired Nokia’s handset business for $ 7.2 billion.

Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime vs Vivo V5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 6 will be available exclusively through Amazon in India
  • The smartphone will be up for registrations from July 14
  • It has been priced at Rs. 14,999

Nokia 6, priced in India at Rs. 14,999, has been launched in India and you can register for the first sale on Amazon India starting July 14. The smartphone has several factors in its favour, such as the stock Android Nougat experience, big screen, metal body, elegant design and the Nokia brand. However, in the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, the new Nokia 6 will find some tough competition, such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB + 64GB), Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, and Vivo V5. The aforementioned smartphones are currently available at Rs. 12,999, Rs. 15,050, and Rs. 15,299 respectively in India.

Nokia 6 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime vs Vivo V5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Vivo V5 smartphones offer more RAM than the Nokia 6, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with same memory but larger battery. If you are confused regarding if Nokia 6 is the right smartphone for you or whether you should pick another model, we will help you figure out if it has other the features to match its competition.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The new Nokia Android phone comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

In this price segment, it would be unfair to start with any other smartphone for comparison than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Xiaomi smartphone is currently available in India in three variants, 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. As the 4GB RAM variant is closest to Nokia 6 in terms of pricing, available at Rs. 12,999, we will be considering it for the comparison with new Nokia offering.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Moving to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It houses a 3300mAh battery and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.

Vivo V5

Vivo V5 is a selfie-focused smartphone, and its highlight is its 20-megapixel front camera that is accompanied by a ‘Moonlight Glow’ light meant to improve low-light photography. It bears an f/2.0 aperture, a Sony IMX376 sensor, and a 5P lens. It also bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a single-LED flash and PDAF.

The dual-SIM (hybrid dual-SIM configuration) Vivo V5 smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The connectivity options on the V5 include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. It houses a 3000mAh battery.

Now that you know more about Nokia 6 and its competition, it is fairly clear that the competition offers some powerful specs in comparison to the smartphone. However, the real choice you will have to make is whether you are ready to compromise on specs offered on sheets for the nostalgia factor. We will learn more about Nokia 6 and its performance in the coming days and let you know in our review if the smartphone is worth the wait or not

NOKIA 6 VS VIVO V5 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 PRIME VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4 COMPARISON

Nokia 6
Vivo V5
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Rs. 14,999Buy Now Rs. 15,600Buy Now Rs. 15,050Buy Now
Rs. 16,990Buy Now Rs. 15,490Buy Now
Rs. 16,990Buy Now Rs. 15,490Buy Now Rs. 10,999Buy Now
Compare Nokia 6 Compare Vivo V5 Compare Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Compare Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
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GENERAL
Alternate names Six
Release date January 2017 November 2016 September 2016 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 153.80 x 75.50 x 7.55 151.50 x 74.90 x 8.10 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 167.00 154.00 167.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000 3000 3300 4100
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper Crown Gold, Grey Gold, Black Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403 401 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.1GHz octa-core 1.5GHz octa-core 1.6GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor MediaTek MT6750 Exynos 7870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 4GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128 128 256 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel 20-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Skin FunTouch 2.6 MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.00 Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes No No
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes No Yes
Gyroscope Yes No No Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 3 is priced at Rs. 9,499
  • The smartphone will be available offline only
  • The Nokia 3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat

The Nokia 3, priced in India at Rs. 9,499, has finally been launched in the country and will be available to purchase starting this Friday from offline stores. It is the cheapest of the three Nokia Android phones launched todayin the country, and has its work cut out in the budget segment of the Indian smartphone market. With the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment overcrowded in India, Nokia 3 is up for tough competition from brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, and even Lenovo. We pit the Nokia 3 against the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Oppo A37 and Lenovo K6 Power to see if it stands tall amidst the competition or not, and how it fares compared to other budget smartphones in India.

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power price in India

Starting with the price in India, Nokia 3 has been launched at Rs. 9,499, and will be available offline only. To compare, the Redmi 4 model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is priced at Rs. 8,999. This variant is up for grabs on Mi.com and Amazon India exclusively via flash sales. The Oppo A37 is currently available on Amazon India for Rs. 9,848, and Lenovo K6 Power is up for grabs for Rs. 9,999 on Flipkart.

Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 specifications

While the full comparison of specifications is in the table below, the big difference seen is that Nokia 3 runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software. However, Nokia 3 sports a MediaTek processor, while the others pack different Snapdragon SoCs. Battery capacity on the Nokia 3 is also less when compared to the 4000mAh plus batteries on Lenovo and Xiaomi variants.

While the Nokia 3 seems to lack in a few specifications, especially when compared to the Redmi 4, its offline availability will be welcome, as will be latest version of Android (with promise for regular updates). Xiaomi Redmi 4 is still going out of stock within minutes in flash sales, and the Nokia 3 could be a good alternative, though we will hold our judgement until we’d had a chance to review the phone.

Check out the full Nokia 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Oppo A37 vs Lenovo K6 Power comparison:

NOKIA 3 VS XIAOMI REDMI 4 VS LENOVO K6 POWER VS OPPO A37 COMPARISON

Nokia 3
Xiaomi Redmi 4
Lenovo K6 Power
Oppo A37
Rs. 9,499Buy Now Rs. 6,999Buy Now Rs. 9,200Buy Now
Rs. 11,199Buy Now Rs. 9,080Buy Now
Rs. 9,999Buy Now Rs. 9,848Buy Now
Compare Nokia 3 Compare Xiaomi Redmi 4 Compare Lenovo K6 Power Compare Oppo A37
RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
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GENERAL
Release date February 2017 November 2016 September 2016 June 2016
Dimensions (mm) 143.40 x 71.40 x 8.48 139.30 x 69.90 x 8.65 141.90 x 70.30 x 9.30 143.10 x 71.00 x 7.68
Weight (g) 150.00 145.00 136.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2650 4100 4000 2630
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Copper White Gold, Black Gold, Dark Grey, Silver Gold, Grey
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Resolution 720×1280 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 296 441 293
HARDWARE
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core 1.4GHz octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 1.2GHz quad-core
Processor make MediaTek 6737 Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
RAM 2GB 3GB 3GB 2GB
Internal storage 16GB 32GB 32GB 16GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128 128 128 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 8-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 8-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0.1 Android 5.1
Skin MIUI 8 Vibe Pure UI ColorOS 3.0
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.00
NFC Yes No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No
Nokia 3

Nokia 3

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Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2650mAh

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Processor

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Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

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Storage

16GB

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8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2630mAh

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Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Nokia 5 is priced at Rs. 12,899
  • The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • The Nokia 5 will go on pre order from July 7

The Nokia 5, launched alongside the Nokia 3 and Nokia 6, is heading to the Indian market in July. Priced at Rs. 12,899, Nokia 5 is set to compete in the heavily crowded mid-range segment in India. At this price range, Nokia 5 is going to face heavy competition especially from the Redmi Note 4, Vivo Y55s and the Moto G5 smartphones in India. All four smartphones feature specifications and features rather similar to each other’s, but there are a few differences that give one or the other a leg up in the race to pique the buyers’ interest. We pit the Nokia 5 against Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3GB + 32GB), Vivo V5, and Motorola’s Moto G5 to ascertain which is the right device for you.

Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 price in India

As mentioned above, Nokia 5 is priced in India at Rs. 12,899, and will be available for pre-booking starting July 7 through offline channels. In comparison, the Redmi Note 4 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999 and is made available on Flipkart and Mi.com through flash sales. The Moto G5 is priced at Rs. 11,999 making it the cheapest of the lot, and is available on Amazon India and offline channels as well. Lastly, the Vivo Y55s smartphone is priced at Rs. 12,490 in India, and is available across the country through online and offline channels.

Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 specifications

The Nokia 5 shines on the software front with the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the Moto G5 also sports the Android 7.0 Nougat version, not lagging behind. The other two offer Android Marshmallow with their own skins on top. The only smartphone that does not have a fingerprint sensor in this lot is the Vivo Y55s smartphone. In all the other specification comparisons, the four smartphones fight neck to neck, with Nokia 5 lagging behind slightly in screen resolution, and RAM. It’s worth noting that the Nokia 5 has an 8-megapixel front camera, while the others sport a 5-megapixel front sensor.

Nokia 5 fights well on paper, but offers only 16GB of internal storage, while the Redmi Note 4 offers 64GB in the same price range. The big pain point for the Xiaomi phone is its availability, and if you can’t get your hands on one till July 7, you could consider pre-ordering the Nokia 5 instead, though we suggest you stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for detailed review of the Nokia 5 before you make a decision.

Check out the full comparison of the Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 below:

VIVO Y55S VS NOKIA 5 VS MOTOROLA MOTO G5 VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4 COMPARISON

Vivo Y55s
Nokia 5
Motorola Moto G5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Release date February 2017 February 2017 February 2017 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 147.90 x 72.90 x 7.50 149.70 x 72.50 x 8.05 144.30 x 73.00 x 9.50 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 142.00 145.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2730 3000 2800 4100
Removable battery No No Yes No
Colours Gold, Space Grey Tempered Blue, Copper, Matte Black, Silver Lunar Grey, Fine Gold Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.20 5.20 5.00 5.50
Resolution 1280×720 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.4GHz quad-core octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 2GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 16GB 16GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 128 128 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 6.0 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.0 Android 6.0
Skin Funtouch OS 3.0 MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.10
NFC No No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No Yes No No
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No
Nokia 5

Nokia 5

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.20-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.1.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

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  • KEY SPECS
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  • Too much software bloat
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Vivo Y55s

Vivo Y55s

Rs. 11,140
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  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
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  • Software
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  • Battery life
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  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good battery life
  • Slim and light
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  • Bad
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Forgettable design
  • Average cameras
  • Weak SoC for the price
  • Lacks reinforced glass
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