For my part, HMD World hasn’t had a standout Nokia smartphone shortly, however there isn’t any denying that the majority of its Android telephones thus far have regarded actually good. At present we’ll assessment the corporate’s newest entry-level Android providing, the Nokia C3. This funds cellphone has a easy design and fundamental specs, however hopefully this needs to be sufficient to supply a good Android expertise.
This cellphone appears fairly reasonably priced, with a beginning worth of Rs. 7,499. It is time to see if the Nokia C3 is price shopping for.
Nokia C3 Design: Somewhat too easy
If the Nokia identify wasn’t nostalgic sufficient, the Nokia C3’s detachable battery ought to positively carry again some reminiscences. The whole again case is produced from a single piece of plastic that peel off so you may set up the battery, SIM playing cards, and a microSD card. There are two slots for nano SIM playing cards so you do not want an adapter. I’ve the sand colour which I discover very stunning. This cellphone can also be obtainable in Nordic Blue. At 8.69 mm, it’s not too thick and weighs a cushty 184.5 g.
The Nokia C3 appears to be like elegant due to the minimalist again, which solely has a tiny vertical digicam module and a fingerprint sensor. The again doesn’t entice fingerprints and affords a very good grip. The amount and energy buttons are on the fitting, whereas the devoted Google Assistant button is on the left. There’s a headphone jack on the prime and a micro USB port on the backside. There is not any cut-out for a speaker and that is as a result of the Nokia C3 makes use of its earpiece as a speaker.
There’s a 5.99-inch HD + IPS show with tempered glass on the entrance of the cellphone. The design of the entrance feels nostalgic too, however frankly that is one thing that’s greatest forgotten. As a substitute of a notch, the Nokia C3 has thick, old school bezels on the prime and backside and comparatively narrower bezels on the perimeters. This is not an enormous grievance for an entry-level cellphone, however provided that its friends have additionally moved on to extra trendy designs, I believe HDM World might have accomplished higher.
The contents of the field are fairly easy. You’ll obtain a 5 W charger, a USB cable and a fast begin information. There is no such thing as a case or headset.
Nokia C3 efficiency: purposeful at greatest
The Nokia C3 is powered by a Unisoc (previously generally known as Spreadtrum) SC9863A octa-core SoC. It consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores with as much as 1.6 GHz. It is primarily based on a reasonably outdated 28nm manufacturing course of that might not be as power environment friendly as a few of the newer SoCs from MediaTek and Qualcomm.
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 fundamental variant with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage prices Rs. 7,499.
Different capabilities are Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.2 and FM radio. The latter requires a headset to be linked for it to work. The Nokia C3 helps 4G VoLTE and GPS. It has some fundamental sensors like a proximity sensor, an ambient mild sensor, and an accelerometer. Sadly, there isn’t any gyroscope or compass, so apps like Google Maps will not allow you to see which course you are going through.
The Nokia C3 runs Android 10 with simply the fundamental Google apps preinstalled. The one third-party app is known as My Cellphone from HMD World and is used for customer support and machine upkeep. There are some fundamental gestures proven within the Settings app, however that is the quantity of customization. The Google Assistant button ought to come in useful in case you are an avid person of Google’s digital assistant. Nevertheless, it can’t be reassigned to begin one other app or characteristic. The C3 will not be a part of Google’s Android One program, so it does not include a two-year software program replace assure. A minimum of Android 10 (Go Version) does not run just like the Nokia 1 (Assessment).
Utilizing Android on the Nokia C3 was a good expertise, however even with 3GB of RAM and bone-in Android, it wasn’t the smoothest. Animations and multitasking triggered stuttering and delays at instances. The fingerprint sensor labored tremendous, however the display screen took a bit longer to get up than ordinary. Face recognition additionally took off slowly and carried out authentication. The gaming efficiency wasn’t nice both. Easy titles like Sky Pressure Reloaded ran tremendous, however something that was more durable actually had issues working effectively or offering good graphics.
This lack of efficiency can also be seen in benchmarks. I received a good AnTuTu rating of 1.06.338 factors, which is what the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC can ship, as may be seen from our opinions of the Redmi 9 (take a look at) and the Realme C12 (take a look at). Nevertheless, the graphics values have been a bit decrease. The Nokia C3 solely managed 26 fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex take a look at. The show will get vivid sufficient and movies do not look dangerous. The handset loudspeaker is especially loud as a result of it’s going through you straight and might hardly or in no way be blocked by the palm of your hand.
Nokia C3 battery life: Very disappointing
The Nokia C3 doesn’t have a really giant battery with a capability of three,040 mAh. In our HD video loop take a look at, which lasted solely 7 hours and 34 minutes, the efficiency was very poor. This is likely one of the lowest instances we have recorded shortly. I used to be in a position to get nearly a full day of battery life with average to mild utilization, however the battery drains rapidly when watching movies or video games. Charging the battery will not be very quick. You solely get a 5W energy adapter within the field, and even when plugged right into a sooner charger, I used to be solely in a position to cost the battery to 43 % in an hour.
Nokia C3 cameras: Hardly usable
The Nokia C3 has a single 8-megapixel rear digicam and a 5-megapixel selfie digicam. The autofocus is usually slower and will get worse in low mild. The app affords fundamental capturing modes, however lacks some frequent ones like portrait mode. There’s an auto HDR characteristic that’s good to see.
Sadly, the picture high quality is not significantly spectacular even in daylight. I discovered the dynamic vary to be very weak as many of the panorama photographs had poor element and publicity. Shut-ups have been a bit higher, however once more, the textures typically regarded flat and easy. Low mild pictures turned out to be grainy with poor element.
Selfies typically had poor element too, and publicity was in every single place when capturing in the course of the day. In low mild, many of the selfies have been grainy and nearly unusable. The Nokia C3 can document as much as 1080p video, however I discovered the standard to be sub par even in the course of the daytime. The autofocus was additionally fairly sluggish.
General, the Nokia C3’s cameras are very disappointing and simply not adequate even for informal photographs.
Conclusion: must you purchase the Nokia C3?
I believe it is fairly apparent by now that the Nokia C3 is not the most effective worth for cash, particularly the 3GB variant which is priced at Rs. 8,999. I believe the Realme Narzo 10A (Assessment) and even the Narzo 20A that we’re at present testing can be a lot better alternate options. Except for first rate construct high quality and a clear Android expertise, the Nokia C3 does not have sufficient to supply to justify this worth level. The efficiency is mediocre, the battery life is poor, the cameras aren’t good, and it appears to be like a bit dated.
For those who’re on a good funds, the Realme C11 (Assessment) at Rs needs to be a better option. 7.499. You lose the fingerprint sensor and the efficiency is kind of much like the C3, however at the very least you get rather a lot higher battery life.
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