Nokia Phones: What You Need To Know About Nokia Androids

History and details of each release

Nokia 6
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Nokia, once a top cell phones manufacturer (pre-iPhone) made a comeback in 2017 with a line of Android smartphones.

At the end of 2016, a company called HMD Global gained the rights to make and sell smartphones under the Nokia brand. Nokia phones were very popular in Europe as the company has headquarters in Finland. The Nokia Androids are often released in China first before getting a global launch. Some of the Nokia models discussed below are available globally, and even those that don't have an official U.S. release are available for purchase online.

The newest Nokia smartphones include low-end, mid-range, and high-end devices, but all of them have stock Android, meaning users will get the pure Android experience, rather than a customized version, such as Samsung's TouchWiz interface. Despite the numbered naming convention, the devices did not launch in numerical order, and as you'll see, there are two versions of the Nokia 6, and the Nokia 2 was announced months after the Nokia 3 and 5.

Nokia 6 (second generation)

Nokia 8
Dual-Sight aka "bothie" mode lets you use the front and back cameras at the same time for split-screen photos and video.​. PC Screenshot

Display: 5.5-in IPS LCD
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 401ppi
Front camera: 8 MP
Rear camera: 16 MP
Charger type: USB-C
Initial Android version: 7.1.1 Nougat
Final Android version: Undetermined
Release date: January 2018 (China only)

The second generation of the Nokia 6 arrived in early 2018 but only in China. We expect it might land in the U.S. and globally as its predecessor, discussed below, did. The main upgrades are a USB-C port, which supports fast charging, a zippier Snapdragon 630 processor, and a slightly smaller profile. While it ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the company promises support for Android Oreo down the road.

It also features Dual Sight, which some reviewers are calling "bothie" mode, with which you can take photo and video from the rear and forward facing cameras simultaneously. You can see this feature above on the Nokia 8 model, which is not available in the U.S.

The Nokia 6 comes in 32 GB and 64 GB and has a microSD slot for cards up to 128 GB.

Nokia 2

Nokia 2
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Display: 5-in IPS LCD
Resolution: 1280 x 720 @ 294ppi
Front camera: 5 MP
Rear camera: 8 MP
Charger type: micro USB
Initial Android version: 7.1.2 Nougat
Final Android version: Undetermined
Release date: November 2017

In November 2017, the Nokia 2 arrived in the U.S., for sale at Amazon and Best Buy for only $100. It features a metal rim that gives it a luxe look despite the plastic back. As you might expect from the price, it doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, and it's sluggish compared to flagship Android phones.

One notable claim is that this smartphone can last two days on one charge, powered by 4,100-milliamp Hour (mAh) battery. On the other hand, since it has a micro USB charging port, it doesn't support fast charging as USB-C devices do. Its microSD slot accepts cards up to 128 GB, which you'll need as the smartphone has only 8 GB of built-in storage.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6
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Display: 5.5 in IPS LCD
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 @ 403ppi
Front camera: 8 MP
Rear camera: 16 MP
Charger type: micro USB
Initial Android version: 7.1.1 Nougat
Final Android version: Undetermined
Release date: February 2017

The Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 were announced in February 2017 at Mobile World Congress. Only the Nokia 6 is officially available in the U.S. and that version features Amazon ads on the lock screen. It features a premium-looking metal finish, though, at launch, its price tag was below $200. This smartphone is not waterproof. Its processor isn't as fast as more expensive phones; power users will notice a difference, but it's fine for casual users. The Nokia 6 has a micro USB charging port and a microSD slot that accepts cards up to 128 GB.

Nokia 5 and Nokia 3

Nokia 5
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Nokia 5
Display: 5.2 in IPS LCD
Resolution: 1,280 x 720 @ 282ppi
Front camera: 8 MP
Rear camera: 13 MP
Charger type: micro USB
Initial Android version: 7.1.1 Nougat
Final Android version: Undetermined
Release date: February 2017

Nokia 3
Display: 5 in IPS LCD
Resolution: 1,280 x 720 @ 293ppi
Front camera: 8 MP
Rear camera: 8 MP
Charger type: micro USB
Initial Android version: 7.1.1 Nougat
Final Android version: Undetermined
Release date: February 2017

The Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 were announced alongside the Nokia 6, discussed above, though the company has no plans to bring either phone to the US. Both of these unlocked smartphones are available for purchase online, though, and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile.

The mid-range Nokia 5 has good battery life and a decent camera as well as a fingerprint sensor and a micro USB charging port. It's a decent budget choice. The Nokia 3 is on the low-end of Nokia's Android phones, and more resembles a feature phone than a full-fledged smartphone; it's best for those who need to make calls and use a few apps, rather than users who like to play mobile games or are otherwise glued to their device all day.

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