Nokia 3 first impressions: aiming to stir up the sub-Rs 10k segment
Even before MWC 2017 kicks off officially, HMD Global’s Nokia has raised our excitement levels with the introduction of its range of phones at a pre-MWC event. Apart from the resurrected Nokia 3310 (first impressions), the company took covers off the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 (first impressions) and the global variant of the Nokia 6 (first impressions) smartphones. Nokia 3 first impressions: aiming to stir up the sub-Rs 10k segment. The Nokia 3 is the most affordable handset in its lineup, but don’t take it lightly because it still manages to pack a lot. We spent a fair bit of time with the smartphone, and here’s how we’ll sum up our initial experience.
The Nokia 3 looks poles apart from its siblings as it isn’t crafted out of metal. Even in terms of design language too, it has taken a different approach. Gone are the rounded corners and curved edges, and what you get instead is a rectangular slab with the sturdy metal frame running along the edges and a polycarbonate back.
While polycarbonate might not match up to aluminium, the phone still looks quite premium. In fact, thanks to the matte finish, we found the Nokia 3 to be better in terms of handling as it provides a better grip. Similar to its brethren, the device can be purchased in several hues such as silver, black and white with the option of silver or copper frames.
In terms of design elements, the Nokia 3 has three capacitive buttons below the display unlike the Nokia 5 and 6, which had physical home buttons flanked by capacitive keys. Above the display, you’ll find Nokia branding, front-facing snapper and a couple of sensors.
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