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HMD talks about Nokia Phones release timelines, prices; Quick Charge & Indian market stratgey


HMD yesterday held an event in India, where Tech Media got a chance to meet HMD Product Manager Juho and ask questions. Our Editor Shivam was there to attend the event and he asked questions posted to him by our readers. Here we are summarizing HMD’s replies to some of our questions.

Nokia 3310, 3, 5 and 6 release timelines & Price:

Once again we are in for some disappointment because not even Nokia 3310 availability for India was announced. HMD Execs kept on repeating June release timeline for all Nokia Phones including Nokia 3310. Nokia 3310 has however been announced as “shipping”, so one can expect a sooner than June release, though HMD didn’t confirm exact timelines for India.

Coming to pricing, it seems we can expect an EUR to INR conversion for pricing in India. For example, Nokia 6 has been priced EUR 229 officially that converts to INR 16138 in India.

Nokia 5 & 6 Quick-Charge confusion:

Nokia 5 and 6 are powered by Snapdragon 430 processor. Now Snapdragon 430 processor supports Quick Charge 3.0 while Nokia 5 and 6 don’t. This certainly needed some clarification from HMD. What we got as a reply is not entirely convincing but HMD claims that they focused more on getting great Battery Life on Nokia 5 and 6 instead of going for quick- charge. As per HMD,

We equipped it with 3000mAh battery and compared it with other similar (Price range) 3000mah battery phones and found the Nokia 6 to last for the whole day while others needed recharge after 3-3:30PM.

Strategy for India:

This is what HMD told us about strategy for Indian market,

We have concluded a survey in Indian market and found that people want Nokia to be here. They want to buy it ASAP. We provide better devices compared to Chinese players whether it’s Device design, hand feel, software experience or updates

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