HMD Global-owned brand Nokia has announced three new budget smartphones at Mobile World Congress.
Nokia describes the Nokia 4.2 as offering a flagship experience at budget pricing. The phone features a 5.71-inch 1520 x 720 pixel resolution notched display, along with a glass front and rear, a dual camera system and a fingerprint sensor.
Further, the phone features a Snapdragon 439 processor, 3,000mAh battery and either 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage.
Other features include a dedicated Google Assistant button and a standard 3.5mm headphones jack. The phone is set to cost either $169 USD ($221 CAD) or $199 ($261 CAD) depending on the device’s configuration.
The Nokia 3.2, on the other hand, is an updated version of the Nokia 3.1 The phone features a 6.26-inch 1520 x 720 resolution notched display, a 4,000mAh battery and a dedicated Google Assistant button.
The device also includes a Snapdragon 439 processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, just like the Nokia 4.2. Similar to the 4.2, the Nokia 3.2 also includes a standard 3.5mm headphones jack.
However, the phone’s build isn’t as impressive on paper. Rather than glass like with the 4.2, Nokia’s 3.2 features a plastic back.
The Nokia 3.2 is set to cost $139 ($182 CAD) and $169 ($221 CAD) respectively depending on storage and RAM configuration.
Nokia also revealed its high-end smartphone offering for 2019, the Nokia 9 PureView, a device that features five cameras, 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, as well a new iteration of last year’s Nokia 1 Plus.
The updated version of Nokia’s lowest-end offering that features a 5.54-inch display, a MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of storage. The phone is set to be priced in the $100 USD range (about $131 CAD).
It’s unclear if HMD Global’s Nokia devices are coming to the Canadian market. When MobileSyrup reached out to the company regarding Canadian availability and pricing, we were told the company had nothing to announce at this time.
Though Nokia devices haven’t been sold officially through carriers in Canada for a few years now, HMD Global recently partnered with Rogers sub-brand Chatr to bring lower-end offerings from the company here. At the time, HMD Global didn’t specify what budget devices would be coming to Chatr.
It’s possible the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 1 Plus will be the first smartphones to be sold through the company’s partnership with Chatr. Nokia devices are currently available in Canada through Staples.ca as well as Amazon. It’s unclear if Nokia’s new smartphones will also be sold through these retailers.
Update 24/02/2019 10:46pm ET: This story has been updated with information about the Nokia 1 Plus.