Nokia 3: frequently asked questions

“Undecided on the Nokia 3? We try to address all your queries regarding the phone”

The HMD Global-owned Nokia recently made a comeback in the Indian market with a trio of Android smartphones. Its budget offering, the Nokia 3 has recently gone on sale for a price tag of Rs 9,499. It’s clear that the company is focussing on both the offline and online segments in India. While the most affordable smartphone from company’s stable comes across as an attractive package, we are sure there are umpteen questions in your mind before you decide to pick one for yourself. Therefore, we rounded up the most common questions for the Nokia 3 and answered them for your convenience. 

Why isn’t the Nokia 3 available to buy online?

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HMD Global, the licensee of the Nokia brand name, is making sure to cover all its bases. The handset maker is focussing on both the offline and online channels to increase the reach of the brand. Therefore, while the Nokia 6 will be sold online, the affordable Nokia 3 and 5 will be made available through offline stores. This move ensures that the brand is able to cater to the price-conscious consumers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, along with being able to compete against phones taking the online-only route. The smartphone will be available at more than 80,000 retail stores across India. 

How is the design of Nokia 3, and is it as durable as earlier Nokia devices?

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We recently did an unboxing of the retail box of Nokia 3, and we’d ask you to wait for our review to know our verdict. But based on our initial impressions, we’d say it offers good build quality that feels solid in the hand. The polycarbonate body and 2.5D curved display on the front makes for a distinct Lumia-like design. We are pretty certain that the handset can take a lot of abuse before showing signs of wear and tear.

What is the spec sheet of the handset like?

The cheapest of the Nokia’s Android triad comes with a 5-inch HD display and has a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 with 2GB RAM driving the performance. The rear panel houses a 2,630mAh battery.

What are the camera credentials of the Nokia 3?

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The imaging department on this device comprises 8MP shooters on both the back as well at the front. Speaking of the camera app, it happens to be minimalistic. Most common features are available up front, and the rest can be accessed through settings.

Is there any protective layer on the display?

Yes, the 2.5D panel on the front of the handset is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It makes it less prone to scratches and minor knocks. 

How much storage is available to the user? Can the storage be expanded?

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The Nokia 3 comes with 16GB of onboard storage, out of which around 6.63GB is utilised by the OS and pre-installed apps. This means that around 9.3GB space is available to the user on boot. Yes, the phone supports microSD cards of up to 128GB. 

What SIM size is accepted by the handset and does it have a hybrid SIM slot? 

The handset comes with dedicated dual-SIM card slots, and each of them can accept a micro-SIM. It also has a dedicated memory card slot for microSD cards to expand the storage.

Can you tell me about the Android version on the Nokia 3? 

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The newest budget offering from Nokia runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box. The phone rocks the pure vanilla interface with slight visual touch to icons. Moreover, the company has assured that its devices will get the Android O update, whenever it arrives. So, we can safely say that as far as the software update is concerned, you are sorted with this phone.

Does the Nokia 3 support VoLTE calls? What about other connectivity options?

Yes, the handset comes with support for 4G LTE and VoLTE out of the box. Other usual suspects on the device include 2G, 3G, micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC.

Does the Nokia 3 offers USB OTG capabilities?

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Yes, the Nokia 3 comes with the support for USB OTG, which means that you can plug-n-play compatible flash drives. 

How long does the battery last and does it have Quick Charging support?

The Nokia 3 gets a 2,630mAh battery to keep it running. Unfortunately, there is no quick charging support in the device. 

What are the colour options available for the Nokia 3?

The handset maker is offering Nokia 3 in Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue or Copper White hues.

What’s included in the retail box of the Nokia 3?

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The nostalgia-inducing box of the device comes with the Nokia 3 phone (obviously), in-ear earphones, a micro-USB data cable, a 1A wall charger, a SIM ejector tool and documentation (unboxing).

We have tried our best to answer all the questions you might have about the Nokia 3. The other details, including how it works as a daily driver, how good is the camera image quality, and how long the battery lasts will be answered in our full review… coming up shortly. Do you any other question(s)? Do let us know in the comments below and we will try to answer them for you. 

Photos by Raj Rout

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