HMD World won’t have had a standout Nokia smartphone shortly, in my view, however there isn’t any denying that almost all of its Android telephones thus far have seemed actually good. At the moment, we’ll be reviewing the corporate’s most up-to-date entry-level Android providing, the Nokia C3. This finances cellphone contains a easy design and primary specs, however hopefully, that needs to be sufficient to supply an honest Android expertise.

This cellphone appears fairly reasonably priced, with a beginning value of Rs. 7,499. It is time to see if the Nokia C3 is price shopping for.

Nokia C3 design: A bit too easy

If the Nokia identify wasn’t sufficient nostalgia, the detachable battery within the Nokia C3 ought to undoubtedly convey again some reminiscences. Your entire again shell is a single piece of plastic which comes off so you possibly can set up the battery, SIM playing cards, and a microSD card. There are two slots for Nano-SIM playing cards, so you will not want any adapters. I’ve the Sand color, which I feel appears very good. This cellphone can be out there in Nordic Blue. It is not too thick at 8.69mm and weighs a snug 184.5g.

The Nokia C3 appears elegant, due to the minimalistic again which solely has a tiny vertical digital camera module and a fingerprint sensor. The again panel would not entice fingerprints, and gives good grip. The amount and energy buttons are to the fitting, whereas the devoted Google Assistant button is positioned on the left. There is a headphone jack on the highest and a Micro-USB port on the backside. There is no cutout for a speaker, and that is as a result of the Nokia C3 makes use of its earpiece because the loudspeaker.

The Nokia C3 makes use of a plastic physique and has a easy design


Coming to the entrance of the cellphone, there’s a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS show with toughened glass. The design of the entrance additionally feels nostalgic, however actually, that is one thing that is greatest forgotten. As an alternative of a notch, the Nokia C3 has thick, old style borders on the highest and backside, and comparatively narrower ones to the perimeters. This is not an enormous grievance for an entry-level cellphone, however contemplating that its friends have additionally moved on to extra trendy designs, I feel HDM World might have performed higher.

The field contents are fairly primary. You get a 5W charger, a USB cable, and a quick-start information. There is no case or headset.

Nokia C3 efficiency: Purposeful at greatest

The Nokia C3 is powered by a Unisoc (previously often called Spreadtrum) SC9863A octa-core SoC. It consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores working at as much as 1.6GHz. It is constructed on a moderately outdated 28nm fabrication course of, which could not be as power-efficient as what a number of the newer SoCs from MediaTek and Qualcomm use.

I am testing the variant of the Nokia C3 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is priced at Rs. 8,999. The bottom variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is priced at Rs. 7,499.

Different options embrace Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.2 and FM radio. The latter requires a headset to be linked to be able to work. The Nokia C3 helps 4G VoLTE and GPS. It has some primary sensors similar to a proximity sensor, ambient gentle sensor and an accelerometer. There is no gyroscope and compass sadly, which suggests you possibly can’t see the route you are going through in apps like Google Maps.

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The Nokia C3 has a headphone jack on the highest


The Nokia C3 runs inventory Android 10 with simply the fundamental apps from Google preinstalled. The one third-party app is named My Cellphone from HMD World, and it is for after-sales assist and gadget upkeep. You get some primary gestures within the Settings app, however that is the extent of the customisation. The Google Assistant button needs to be helpful in case you are an avid consumer of Google’s digital assistant. It might’t be remapped to launch some other app or operate although. The C3 is just not a part of Google’s Android One program, so you do not get that assure of two years of software program updates. Nonetheless, not less than it isn’t working Android 10 (Go Version) just like the Nokia 1 (Overview).

Utilizing Android on the Nokia C3 was an honest expertise, however even with 3GB of RAM and bone-stock Android, it wasn’t the smoothest. Animations and multitasking prompted some intermittent stutter and lag. The fingerprint sensor labored properly, however the display screen took slightly longer than standard to get up. Face recognition was additionally gradual to kick in and carry out authentication. Gaming efficiency wasn’t nice both. Easy titles similar to Sky Pressure Reloaded ran okay, however something heavier actually struggled to run properly or ship good graphics.

This lack of efficiency is seen in benchmarks too. I received an honest AnTuTu rating of 1,06,338 factors, which was on par with what the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC can ship, as seen in our opinions of the Redmi 9 (Overview) and Realme C12 (Overview). Nonetheless, the graphics scores had been fairly a bit decrease. The Nokia C3 managed simply 26fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex check. The show will get adequately shiny and movies do not look too unhealthy on it. The earpiece speaker will get notably loud because it faces you instantly and there is little to no likelihood of it being blocked by your palm.

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The Nokia C3 has a detachable battery


Nokia C3 battery life: Fairly disappointing

The Nokia C3 would not have a really giant battery, coming in at 3,040mAh in capability. It carried out very poorly in our HD video loop check, lasting for simply 7 hours and 34 minutes, which is likely one of the lowest instances we have recorded shortly. With medium to gentle use, I used to be capable of get nearly a full day of battery life, however watching movies or gaming drains the battery shortly. Charging the battery is not very speedy. You solely get a 5W energy adapter within the field, and even when linked to a quicker charger, I used to be solely capable of cost the battery as much as about 43 % in an hour.

Nokia C3 cameras: Barely usable

The Nokia C3 has a single 8-megapixel rear digital camera and a 5-megapixel selfie digital camera. Autofocus is mostly on the slower aspect and will get worse in low gentle. The app gives primary capturing modes however some frequent ones similar to Portrait mode, are lacking. There’s an auto-HDR operate, which is good to see.

Nokia C3 daylight digital camera pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)

Nokia C3 close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)


Sadly picture high quality is sort of underwhelming, even in daylight. I discovered the dynamic vary to be very weak, with most panorama pictures exhibiting poor particulars and exposures. Shut-ups had been a bit higher, however once more, textures usually seemed flat and smoothened-out. Low-light pictures turned out grainy with poor element.

Nokia C3 selfie digital camera pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)

Nokia C3 low-light digital camera pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)


Selfies usually had weak element too, and publicity was in all places when capturing throughout the day. In low gentle, most selfies had been grainy and nearly unusable. The Nokia C3 can shoot as much as 1080p video, however I discovered the standard to be under common, even throughout the day. Autofocus was additionally fairly sluggish.

Total, the cameras on the Nokia C3 are very disappointing, and easily not ok, even for informal pictures.

Verdict: Do you have to purchase the Nokia C3?

 I feel it is fairly obvious by now that the Nokia C3 would not supply the very best worth for cash, particularly the 3GB variant that is priced at Rs. 8,999. I feel the Realme Narzo 10A (Overview) and even the Narzo 20A, which we’re presently testing, could be significantly better alternate options. Aside from respectable construct high quality and a clear Android expertise, the Nokia C3 would not have sufficient getting in its favour to justify this value. The efficiency is middling, battery life is weak, cameras aren’t good, and it appears a bit old style.

For those who’re on a decent finances, the Realme C11 (Overview) needs to be a greater choose at Rs. 7,499. You lose the fingerprint sensor and efficiency is kind of just like that of the C3, however not less than you may be getting significantly better battery life.

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