Budget-Focused Nokia C3 Goes Official, Finally Adds Fingerprint Sensor


HMD Global has been doing an excellent job in reviving the once leading smartphone brand in the world, Nokia.

In the spirit of re-popularizing Nokia, HMD chose a series of strategies to appeal to a market that still respects the manufacturer’s offerings.

One of such strategies entails equipping phones with barebones Android. This has helped Nokia send updates to devices we wouldn’t expect to be furnished with major OS overhauls and constant minor bug fixes.

Nokia has also been trying to make a name for itself in the budget segment. In 2019, it launched the C1 (not to be confused with the older C1) at about KES 6000.

The C1 was followed by the C2 at a few hundred shillings more.

Today, the C2 is being succeeded with the C3, which, in my case, is a better presentation on the whole.

It grows the screen to 5.99-inches at HD+ resolution.

It also runs Android 10 out of the box (not Android Go as we saw in the C1 and C2). This is because the device has more RAM (3 GB), and there is a possibility a 2 GB version is in the pipeline.

The package is powered by a quad-core CPU running at 1.6 GHz.

Your apps and multimedia files can be saved on a roomy 32 GB of internal storage, which is double what customers got in the C1 and C2.

Of course, there is a slot for a microSD card.

Cameras haven’t changed much: an 8 MP sensor is featured at the back. You can snap images of yourself using a 5 MP selfie camera.

The C3 also has a fingerprint reader. The earlier two models did not have this security feature.

In terms of battery, a 3040 mAh cell should be serviceable for this pedestrian package.

Other perks include a Google Assistant button, a headphone jack (obviously), and dual SIM support. There is also 4G support.

Pricing should be around KES 10000 when it gets here.