HMD Global launched three budget-level Nokia smartphones in India in June — the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. The Nokia 5 was launched at Rs 12,499 and will not be available either on Amazon or Flipkart, but only in offline retail stores and is going on sale on August 15.
At the time of the launch event, it was announced that the device will only be available in the offline markets and the pre-bookings for the device started on July 7, 2017.
Android-based Nokia phones were first unveiled by HMD Global — who currently own the license to brand and distribute Nokia phones — at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona earlier this year.
According to a report in NokiaPowerUser, the Nokia 5 will be available in offline retail shops like Croma, Poorvika, Big C and several others in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata.
The device will be available in four colours — Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper.
“As a result of the sophistication in smartphone functionality and services, we spend more time than ever before on our phones. People today want something that fits in the palm of their hands and they want something that will go the distance. Nokia 5 is the ultimate pocketable phone at 5.2 inches with a unique design,” says Mr Ajey Mehta, Vice President- India, HMD Global.
As part of the launch offer, Vodafone customers will get 5GB data per month at Rs 149 per month for 3 months on their Nokia 5. Buyers will also get Rs 2500 off (Rs. 1800 on hotels and Rs 700 off on domestic flights) on Makemytrip.com.
Nokia 5 Key Specifications
Display: The Nokia 5 comes with a 5.2-inch HD display
Processor: It is powered by Snapdragon 430 chipset
Memory and Storage: The device features 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage
Camera: The Nokia 5 sports a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera
Battery and OS: It is backed by a 3000mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat.
Nokia re-entering the Indian market with budget-sized devices makes a lot of sense since their first aim here is to rebuild their ‘reliable’ brand image in the country.
The feedback these devices receive will be a yardstick to take forward Nokia’s strategy to make a stronghold in developing nations like India once again.