Nokia 3 review & Introduction


A Nokia for the crowd is available! And guess what, it’s not the 3310. The brand has climbed from the ruins, and we must appreciate its attempt. The fabulous Finnish brand marks a fresh start with “connecting people” in the Android way. It’s a pleasant sentimentality for certain, but one that’s classically fueled by joint longing over the Nokia unique stage. Here, we refer to the earlier appearance success in the 90’s.

Though it has particulars with its inexpensive price tag, trendy exterior and reliable lineage, HMD’s entry-level Nokia 3 is walking into a beyond-dazed and extraordinarily competitive modest niche. Is it equipped to stand in such thick rivalry? Let’s find out.

Price is the designation of the favored these days and it’s actually hard-hitting to stand with the likes of Moto, Xiaomi and Meizu vending at comprehensively cut-rate costs. Perhaps it’s not astonishing to see that in wholesome hardware rapports, the Nokia 3 isn’t even bothering to hit beyond its weight division.

Nokia 3 key high points

Frame: Metal frame, polycarbonate non-detachable back, Corning Gorilla Glass on the anterior
Display: 5″ IPS LCD, 720p resolution, 294ppi
Chipset: MediaTek MT6737, Quad-core 1.3Ghz Cortex-A53 CPU; Mali-T720MP1 GPU
Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1.12 um pixel size, autofocus; 720p @ 30 fps video capture
Selfie cam: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1.12 um pixel size, 84-degree field-of-view, autofocus; 720p @ 30 fps video capture
OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Memory: 16GB of built-in, expandable storage (dedicated microSD slot), 2GB of RAM
Connectivity: Dual-SIM (optional); 4G LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps down/ 75Mbps up); Dual-Band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS, A-GPS; FM radio; NFC
Battery: 2,650 mAh non-removable battery

Main shortcomings of Nokia 3

Inactive entry-level chipset
No Jam-packed HD video recording
No fast charging

The Sales Chart Surprise

Notwithstanding, the usual rivals, but the Nokia 3310 (2017) appears to be selling astonishingly well and smartly. It is effectively monetizing a well-known name and hovering off the tables at much quicker route than its inexpensive substitute, the Nokia 216. The Nokia 3 was built-in with the same legendary “silver spoon” and quantified the right conditions. Though we agree this is pretty much used in the direction of striking sales profit.

Yet again, we are dazzled by an Android-power-driven, Finnish-owned and Chinese-finished Nokia. You are happy and we know why, as you are getting a Nokia in style.

So forth, we’ll try to be reasonable and uncover if the Nokia 3 is worth it. Follow along, as we start our exploration with a hardware inspection of the Nokia 3.

The Hardware Edge

At best we know that the Nokia 3 is characteristically spending thoroughly on the polycarbonate. The back side is protected by a light and very soft coating. Thanks to HMD, the Nokia 3 is set within a metal frame. The layout for buttons is customary on the Nokia 3. There are two card compartments, you get one for SIM cards – one or two Nano SIM chips. The other is for MicroSD card tray, for up-to 256GB of additional storage. On the bottom you get 3.5mm audio jack above the earpiece. You also get to see a surprisingly loud, yes we mean it, a very loud – loudspeaker.

Nokia 3 doesn’t charm us with its glossy 2.5D edges. A very well-equipped phone on the connectivity front is on show for you in such a small price. As far as the Gorilla Glass is concerned – it doesn’t give you the sensation of being firm or too flat. The trio of capacitive buttons handle navigation. The phone has a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It is capable to upkeep Wi-Fi Direct and a hotspot element very effortlessly. And YES we do agree, that despite HMD did make a lot cut-backs, but still the Nokia 3 is flawlessly ready to charm you to stay connected through the modern standard of living.

Key Test Assumptions

Decent appearances, solid build quality.
Gorilla Glass finish screen, but textures “plastic”.
Metal frame with dedicated microSD card slot.
The non-removable back.
Bright display along with decent daylight legibility.
The 720p resolution is great and sharp on the 5-inch diagonal.
Battery life is unsatisfactory.
Poor software optimization.
OS in near-stock Android with a nice “Nokia blue” skin on top.
Lacks any customizability and the UI stumbles even with casual loads.
The Mali-T720MP1 is struggling with a single graphics processor.
The single loudspeaker is loud.
Unimpressive but decent audio quality.
8MP main camera with autofocus issues and yields extremely soft photos.
Improved HDR but with unrefined particulars.
The selfie cam frequently misses focus, with varying results.
Video recording limited to 720p


The battery packs a total of 2630 mAh, which is certainly on the low-finish for Nokia 3. The maximum it could stand was around 53 hours in consistent assessment. Though, the cell phone is able to handle well all through calls and web browsing.

Standby managed to last for 150 hours. This was while it was fully connected to the network with the screen off and Wi-Fi continuously flashing.

Unfortunately, Nokia 3 also lacks fast charging resolution. However, the Nokia 3 is shipped by HMD with a proper 5V@2A charger, which we can happily give it credit for.


The display with Nokia 3 is of 5-inch, 720p display. Sadly, the “plastic” finish on top slogs the experience. There is no high-level reflectivity at this time. The display is bright, filling for 477 nits at most.

Due to its color precision being not too sturdy, the Nokia 3It accomplished a regular delta E of 9, with a maximum of 15.1, with brightness at complete flash. Dejectedly, no color modes or manual alteration selections are offered by HMD.

Software -“Nougat in Blue

The Nokia 3 is an international version, which runs the typical Android feature. Every unit boots a 7.0 or a 7.1.1 ROM. HMD has styled the Nokia 3 with its blue Nokia look. It is certainly different and can be easily noticed. Nevertheless, the two-color style is not generally attractive. You can get bored easily all the same. Unfortunately, the Nokia 3 is wedged with only one icon pack and complete GUI stylishness.

The standard Nougat notification cards are displayed at the lock screen. There is a clock in addition, but is short of the weather widget and further customization. There’s a camera shortcut in the lowest right, while the left side is home to a lock icon.

The home screen is similar as to the previous models and all of the system icons and pre-installed apps are tinted in Nokia blue with the same circles. Then again, all the third-party apps hold their original icons, no changes made there.

Nokia 3 ROM lacks choices concerning an app launcher. There are no separate settings menu and all features come from the Google’s default app suite. You get the Phone, Messages and Contacts apps, as well as Chrome for a browser, Calendar, Clock, Keep, and Gmail. If you press for a long period the home screen snaps edit mode on display. This also gets you entree to widgets and wallpapers. In spite of this, you also get the Android rolodex in the Nokia 3. You can without difficulty lock the view on one app with screen pinning.


With the multimedia mode you do get the Google Photos as a photo and video onlooker, plus the Drive as a file manager. These are debatably groovy for retrieving their individual cloud services. You do have to opt and install a file manager to make the Nokia 3 functioning.

Still, we can’t actually give or take much about Google Play Music. It’s a continuously approving app around the year. The best part is that the app works great for both offline and online usage. You also don’t need any kind of subscription to Google’s paid music facility.

Whatsoever the case, the Nokia 3 has you shielded even without a Wi-Fi or data connection. The integral FM radio mechanisms terrifically for every possible music. There is no recording function on the slot but you do get a RDS.


For the performance section in Nokia3, its better if you know that it’s the simple functionality on show from a MediaTek MT6737, with merely four 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 cores at its clearance and a solitary Mali-T720MP1 GPU core.

Though, we anticipated to see a neck-to-neck performance comparable to that on the Xiaomi Redmi 4a or the Sony Xperia L1. But, sadly, the Nokia 3 really battles to survive. With any luck, it’s an optimization matter that can be controlled in forthcoming software updates. In spite of everything, HMD did make an enormous point out of its keenness to timely update and have an elevated security on the new-fangled trend of Nokia gadgets. Nevertheless, in its present state, the Nokia 3 component we got for appraisal, in a row with Android 7.0 ROM, really wrestles with common chores too.

Smooth cannot be assumed for the UI. Besides, the animations frequently slow down. You might find random freezes, with the CPU visibly straining hard to sustain with loading and scrolling heftier webpages and even probing and cruising the Play Store. You can leave updates to be sorted or apps to be downloaded in the background and have a nap!

As a matter of fact, all phony tests on the side, but, both Sony and Xiaomi achieved to transport a much more enjoyable experience then the Nokia 3. As the experience is far-off from charming, on a par with the low slab we fixed. Candidly, you can find faults with the maker HMD and its software section. We did expect Nokia 3 to supposedly have an added edge with its adjacent- equip of Android experience. But, alas – What a disappointment !!

Mediocre Audio Output

The Nokia 3 awesomely made an active peripheral amplifier, transporting above ordinary volume and flawless output. Capping in a pair of earphones did a lot of harm however, and volume jumped too, so it’s really not a concert worth citing out.


A rock-hard camera status has escorted the Nokia brand for the larger part of its existence. Nokia 3 delivers a camera display, pretty satisfactory and suitable for its price point. It has a duo of 8 MP, f/2.0, 1.12 um pixel size snappers at its approval. Though, it’s not a dual-camera setup, but rather an effort at an impressive selfie acquaintance.

Initially, let’s take a glance at the Camera app. In the focal sight, you get a shutter release on the latter, a switch to video mode succeeding to it, and a shortcut to the gallery on the former side. A tiny mode chooser next to the shutter release offers you the selection to pick steady photo, panorama, or ‘beauty’ style.

On the reverse end of the viewfinder there are controls for:

Flash mode (on/off/auto)
HDR (on/off)
Self-timer (off/3s/10s)
Front/rear camera toggle.
Hamburger button for access to settings

Image eminence on the Nokia 3 isn’t all that vast. Nevertheless, the main objection we have with the Nokia 3 is its contrast. Autofocus frequently slips and is persistent about refocusing. Exposure panels are very delicate. Most shots came out very less or overexposed when we riled to apply any adjustment with a tap on the viewfinder. The Nokia 3 sets systematized and remarkably clad panoramas. There is just “awesomeness” for the resolution.

A selfie camera with 8 MP, f/2.0, and 1.12 um pixel size, comprehensive with autofocus surely looks like to offer you a great selfie experience. Nevertheless, these specs don’t precisely shine from end to end in the final outcomes. The “Beauty mode” is certainly over the top and ought to possibly be avoided. There are no intensity settings available.

Video capture is limited to 720p capture at 30fps. There is also the matter of the old-bent 3GP format the Nokia 3 tolls. Further than that, video gets programmed in a pretty average MPEG-4 stream with rate of about 12 Mbps. This is all end to end with stereo, 48 KHz AAC audio.


We gave the Nokia 3 every opportunity to amaze us, but it failed to do so. To HMD’s glory, the entry-level gadget is amazingly well prepared to grip a connected lifestyle in 2017. There are ample details, all over the place, that deal with added value, but the Nokia 3 merely fails to transport a solid and all-inclusive smartphone capability.

Just to repeat a few significant points once more, we are well aware that the Nokia 3 is aiming at a low price, of about $150. More or less of which has to go in the direction of bankrolling HMD’s present overwhelming PR efforts to revitalize the mythical Nokia brand. Which we agree is not a laid-back, nor inexpensive chore. We did comprehend seamlessly and our prospects were set therefore in the review. Nevertheless, on an effortlessly neutral and romping field, the Nokia 3 quantitatively needs to meet its entry-level competitors, even those who are stuck with low-level hardware. Try Nokia Try – or as you may say HMD!!!