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Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: What's the difference?

Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: We compare the three new Nokia smartphones, released alongside the revived Nokia 3310, to see how they stack up in terms of specs, performance, features and camera tech.

Nokia is back, only this time it has a new company behind it that hopes backing Android will bring it greater success than the Windows Phone venture, which created some fantastic phones that few people actually bought. We blame the lack of apps.

The Nokia 6 is the flagship of the three handsets we are comparing today and features a premium aluminium body for a touch of class, but it is actually priced as a low-end to mid-range device.

The Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, meanwhile, appear to promise budget Android functionality but without scrimping on the display real estate too much. Here is exactly how they differ.

Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: Specs

Phone Nokia 6 Nokia 5 Nokia 3
Screen size 5.5-inches 5.2-inches 5.0-inches
Screen resolution Full HD (1920x1080) HD ready (1280x720) HD ready (1280x720)
Water resistant? TBC TBC TBC
Fingerprint sensor? Yes Yes No
OS Android Nougat 7.1 Android Nougat 7.1 Android Nougat 7.0
Processor Snapdragon 430 Snapdragon 430 MediaTek 6737
Memory 3GB (Arte Black 4GB) 2GB 2GB
Storage 32GB (Arte Black 64GB) 16GB 16GB
MicroSD? Yes Yes Yes
Rear camera 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 8-megapixel
Price? €229 (Arte Black €299) €189 €139

Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: Design

Whether you go for the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 or Nokia 3, you can expect a big display, Gorilla Glass and a body that includes aluminium. In fact, all of the phones start of life as a block of 6000 series aluminium.

The standard Nokia 6's full metal body comes in a choice of colours, including a fancy copper, matte black and tempered blue. It features a centrally-located camera in the middle of the backplate and a simple Nokia logo breaks up a simple design.

The Nokia 5 looks very similar in its layout, but it is easier to hold because of the smaller screen. It, too, features an all-aluminium body but is somewhat rounder and therefore a little less sleek than its more expensive sibling.

At the bottom of the range is the Nokia 3, which gets a metal core but the back is a cheaper polycarbonate. This means it feels less premium, but first impressions suggest it is nearly as solid and only slightly fatter than the Nokia 6.

There is a special Nokia 6 to mention, which is designed to celebrate the worldwide launch of the phone. It is called the 'Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition' and has a high-gloss black backplate as well as some interior modifications, which we will get to in a second.

A fingerprint scanner is offered on the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5, but not the Nokia 3. All devices are charged by a Micro-USB cable and can be used with headphones via the 3.5mm socket.

Dimensions (excluding camera bump)

Nokia 6: 154 x 75.8 x 7.85mm
Nokia 5: 149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05mm
Nokia 3: 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48mm

Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: Screen and media

The Nokia 6 has the biggest display, at 5.5 inches. It is full HD, which means a resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, giving it a pixels-per-inch score of 403.

The Nokia 5 features a smaller 5.2-inch display and a 720p resolution of 1,280x720 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 282ppi. As for the Nokia 3, the display is the same resolution but only five inches in size, giving it a second-place density of 284ppi.

All of the new Nokias use the same IPS LCD and, as mentioned earlier, are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass to keep scratches and other damage at bay.

Unique to the Nokia 6 is a dual-speaker setup and Dolby Atmos, enhancing its ability to play films and TV shows on the go.

Nokia rates the Nokia 5 smartphone as the brightest (500 nits) compared to the Nokia 6 (450 nits) and Nokia 3 (450 nits) so it should work best in brighter conditions albeit not by a great deal.

Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: Performance and battery life

There is little difference between the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 because both use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. The Nokia 6, however, comes with 3GB of RAM (4GB in the case of the Arte Black) instead of the Nokia 5's 2GB.

A MediaTek 6737 processor and 2GB of RAM is used for the Nokia 3 so it is likely to prove noticeably slower than its pricier siblings.

In terms of storage, the Nokia 6 has 32GB (64GB for the Arte Black) while the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 offer 16GB. MicroSD card storage is available on all to increase the potential storage amount.

As for battery life, the Nokia 5 has a 3,000mAh capacity, which is what you get on the Nokia 6. The Nokia 3, meanwhile, has a 2,650mAh capacity battery so it appears to be a toss-up between the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 for battery longevity, given the lower resolution and smaller screen areas.

Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3: Cameras

As you would expect, the Nokia 6 comes out top in the camera department. Its 16-megapixel snapper with an f/2 aperture and dual-tone flash should help it take pictures that make the grade, while the front-facing eight-megapixel snapper, also f/2, will take care of selfies and video calls.

The Nokia 5 steps down to a 13-megapixel sensor, but retains the same dual-tone flash, f/2 aperture and the same eight-megapixel front camera.

Photos taken on the budget Nokia 3 should look the least savoury, although the eight-megapixel camera and its f/2 aperture and LED flash combination could surprise. As for the front camera, it has the same resolution and f/2 aperture as its siblings.

All of the front-facing cameras feature a wide field-of-view of 84 degrees so you can get more people in a photo when holding it at arm's length or perhaps more of your surrounding scenery.

Be sure to check out all of the Recombu Mobile Mobile World Congress 2017 coverage at our cunningly-named MWC 2017 hub. First impressions of the new Nokias coming soon.

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