Nokia to Make a Big Comeback in Kenya


    It is no secret that Nokia smartphones are the O.G. of mobile technology. Only 2000’s kids are allowed to refute this.

    Nokia smartphones have been missing in action in the Kenyan market for quite some time but there is a planned comeback this week.

    Mark Thursday, July 27th on your calendars people!

    Our taste buds were awakened earlier this year during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona when Nokia announced a comeback.

    HMD Global, the company that now owns the Nokia Brand has announced that it will launch several Nokia smartphones this week.

    The company launched Nokia 3310, Nokia 3, 5, and 6 in South Africa last month. The Nigeria launch will happen on the July 25th while the Kenya launch will happen two days later, the 27th.

    It is still unclear which devices will be launched but it does not hurt to guess. We can predict that the company will launch the same smartphones it launched in South Africa.

    The Local Smartphone Market

    Those of us who were privileged enough to meet Nokia when it was Nokia are experiencing nostalgia.

    Nokia smartphones did leave us with precious memories. Ones we hold dear.

    But, then, the smartphone market is not the same and Nokia should know that by now. Durability and quality are appreciated but prices also play a major role in determining the adoption rate.

    Nokia must be willing to sell handset at a pocket-friendly price. Mark my words Nokia.

    Also, Kenyans forget fast; hence, consistency in developing new handset models would be appreciated.

    We have already covered Nokia 3310 specifications in an earlier article.

    Let us now focus on the specifications of Nokia 3, 5, and 6.

    Nokia 3, 5, and 6

    Nokia 3 Specifications

    The handset comes with a 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280×720 resolution. Nokia was gracious enough to include Gorilla Glass protection.

    The handset runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and runs on a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53.

    The 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, external 256GB, signal an entry handset.

    The smartphone comes with 8MP rear and front facing cameras.

    The 2,630mAh Li-Ion battery capacity is a bit low, especially for heavy users.

    Nokia 3 price: Ksh.15,000

    Nokia 5 Specifications

    The smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1280×720 resolution. You can also expect Gorilla Glass protection.

    The handset runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Snapdragon 430 Chipset, and Octa-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. This also includes Adreno 505 GPU.

    The RAM and internal memory are the same as those of Nokia 3, 2GB and 16GB, expandable by up to 256GB.

    The 13MP main camera and 8MP front facing camera are okay. Both come with f/2.0.

    The handset is powered by a 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery.

    In addition, Nokia 5 has a front facing fingerprint sensor

    Nokia 5 Price: Ksh.20,000

    Nokia 6 Specifications

    The 5.5-inch IPS LCD display comes with Gorilla Glass Protection.

    The handset is powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Snapdragon 430 Chipset, and Octa-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53. Adreno 505 is also part of the action.

    The 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, external 256GB, is acceptable.

    The 16MP main camera and 8MP front facing camera promise decent photos (of course judging from the specs on paper). Both cameras come with f/2.0.

    Nokia 6 will be powered by a 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery.

    The handset also complies with current security requirement: a fingerprint sensor-front mounted.

    Nokia 6 Price: Ksh.25,000

    The three handsets support 4G LTE and Dual SIM.

    Nokia smartphones have been MIA but have now resurfaced to get a piece of the action.

    Are you looking forward to the launch? Will you be purchasing Nokia smartphones going forward?

    Let us know in the comments section.

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