Nokia's new smartphones start at £120 in the UK

The staggered launches begin on July 12th with the Nokia 3.

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Jamie Rigg
July 4th, 2017
Nokia's new smartphones start at £120 in the UK

Now Nokia's name is back in the public consciousness thanks to the all the hype surrounding the 3310 reissue, manufacturer HMD Global is onto more serious matters: Bringing Nokia back as a smartphone brand. HMD first announced the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 back at MWC in February, and finally we have firm UK pricing and availability details for the trio of Android devices. Launching first on July 12th for £120 is the Nokia 3, the lowest-end model with a 5-inch, 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek chip, 2 gigs of RAM, 16GB of storage and a pair of 8-megapixel cameras.

The cheap and cheerful handset isn't particularly impressive on paper, but HMD has managed to drum up enough interest that carriers including EE and Vodafone have decided to range it, as well as retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Amazon. Arriving in Blighty on August 16th, the Nokia 5 is made for slightly deeper pockets at £180. It's only a slight improvement over the Nokia 3, but for that extra cash you get a bigger 5.2-inch screen (still 720p), an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor and 13-megapixel primary shooter. It'll be available at Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and a few other retailers, as well as through EE and some MVNOs.

Anyone interested in the most powerful smartphone HMD has to offer will have a short wait until the August 2nd launch of the £220 Nokia 6, when it'll go on sale at Carphone Warehouse. It, too, is working with a Snapdragon 430 chip, but it's paired with 3GB of RAM and 32 gigs of storage this time around. The priciest device also bumps the display up to a 5.5-inch, 1080p number, and the primary camera clocks in at 16 megapixels. If you were hoping to get your hands on a limited edition "Arte Black" version of the Nokia 6 -- which boasts a glossy paint job, 4 gigs of RAM and double the standard storage -- there's no news today on when that might come to the UK to steal the regular model's thunder.

This article has been updated with revised launch dates and carrier/retailer info.

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