Nokia 3 Review: Are the specs worth the price?

Before we start our Nokia 3 review, We want to tell you about the Nokia and HMD Global partnership. One of the most iconic company is found back in 1865, but the gene for which we are going to talk about starting in late 1990’s. Nokia which is one of the oldest Manufacturers of the mobile phone was shut down when Microsoft bought it, back in 2013. Back in 2016, Microsoft sold this division to a company called HMD Global. HDM Global now brought back the original Nokia, and now HMD Global have rights actually to launch smartphones under the Nokia brand.

HMD Global launched three new smartphones in early-2017, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 & Nokia 6. All the three smartphones are non-flagship smartphones and were meant for the people who want to experience Nokia again. HMD Global played it right with the Nokia 3310, launching the iconic variant as a remake.

The phone we are going to talk about is the Nokia 3. Nokia 3 is the very first smartphone out from HMD Global under the Nokia brand name. HMD Global made it all correct with the design part of the smartphone. While the specifications part was left and it resulted into an average smartphone in our hand. Although the smartphone is not average. Let us talk about them in detail.

Nokia 3 Specifications

Nokia 3Specifications
Display5.0 - inch
Resolution720 x 1280
ProcessorMediaTek MT6737
Processor ArchitectureQuad Core 1.4GHz Cortex A53
Rear Camera8 MP
Front Camera8 MP
Camera FeaturesLED Flash, geo tagging.
SoftwareAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Storage16 GB
Battery2630 mAh
Other FeaturesAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity
ColorsSilver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Copper White
Release Date2017 February
Price9,999 INR

Build Quality & Design

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Nokia 3 Back

Build Quality of the Nokia 3 is same as what we use to get in the old Nokia Smartphones. The phone comes with a durable body which makes up for a great in-hand feel. If we remember than the earlier Nokia Lumia smartphones were liked by many. HMD Global tried to come up with the same, and we can find the glimpse of the Lumia design strategies here in the Nokia 3.

Although the phone is not unibody metal finish, it comes with a polycarbonate body. The polycarbonate material is linked to cheap feel in past few years. But we must not forget that Nokia doesn’t like to leave anything, and same they did here. Nokia 3 although featuring a polycarbonate body, but the phone feels solid in hand, and overall feels premium. The Nokia 3 comes not only from a polycarbonate build, but it features a metal frame which is running across the side of the phone. The Metal frames give rigidity to the smartphone and feel premium.

HMD Global made a phone which looks like the Nokia. Nokia of the past, Nokia 3 comes with all the features such as Build Quality, Classy Feel, and Premium Looks. All these three factors were used to identify a Nokia smartphone.

The phone features a volume rocker and power button on the right side. These buttons are made up from Metal same as the side band and do give a good tactile feel. There are two SIM Card slots, one microSD slot which is located at the left end of the phone. On top, it comes a 3.5mm Headphone jack, and a secondary microphone. At the bottom, it comes a micro USB port, speaker grill, a primary microphone.

Display & Performance


Nokia 3 comes with a IPS Great Screen. The Screen is an HD Display, which is quite of old as for today’s standard. The Nokia 3’s screen for the price point is at least two years old, but as many people had been thought, Nokia is not against Xiaomi, Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, and other smartphones which are targeting budget segment users. Instead, Nokia is targeting the premium range customers, and with the likes of Samsung, HTC & Sony. We have seen Samsung, HTC & Sony targeting their devices to the premium range, and hence not able to compete with other brands regarding price to performance ratio.

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Nokia 3 Display

Talking about the screen which is not that great, as far as the pricing goes. Because the smartphone comes with a small sun-light eligibility. Which makes the smartphone unusable in direct sunlight. The display is crisp and does give a good picture indoors, but it can be a bit brighter unit.

Performance wise also the smartphone is no great, and it comes with a MediaTek Chipset which is not a great choice. The Nokia 3 comes with 16 Gigs of Storage and 2 Gigs of RAM. This makes the smartphone struggle a bit for gaming either be in any standard game or for high-end gaming. Day to day usage of the smartphone is good, and we can use the smartphone for our daily usage. All the apps perform well, but we can see lags here and there in the multitasking UI.

Camera & Battery

The Nokia 3 comes with a 8 MP front camera while the rear camera also has the same count. The camera does quite well in the overall performance especially the front camera. But the rear camera is not up to the mark and doesn’t perform well in its department. Rear Camera does the pretty decent job in the day time, and when the light is not wrong in the surrounding. But as the sun starts to fall we can see the grains in the pictures.

The phone also comes with 2,650 mAh of a non-removable battery. The Nokia 3 can suffice a full day on the battery. But if the battery would have been bigger by 500 – 600 mAh, then it would have easily lasted for a good 2 Days of battery life. The Standby drain of the Smartphone is not much, and if we don’t use Cellular Internet & WiFi, then it can easily last for at least 3 to 4 days.

Nokia 3 (Nokia Logo)

Nokia 3 (Nokia Logo)



The Nokia 3 comes with a price tag of 9,999 in India, which is pretty decent for the Phone which comes from Nokia. Nokia 3 might have been a bit tighter budget, and it would have sold like a hot cake. The phone is having pretty decent performance and will suffice for one who is going out in the market, and having to do around 80 – 90 calls a day, and will not have any need for Whatsapp, Facebook or any Social Media.

The phone is not having an at least a decent camera and is not for people who are selfie addict and want a phone just for photography. Do you own a Nokia 3? If yes, then do let us know what do you think about the Nokia 3 in the comment section below.


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