Nokia smartphones unveiled for Aust issue

HMD Global has revealed the first three Nokia smartphones to hit Australian shelves, each crafted from a single block of aluminium with a starting cost of $249 ($NZ259).

The Finnish-based "home of Nokia phones" - unveiled the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 handsets in Sydney on Tuesday before they hit stores in late-July.

The trio of smartphones operate on Android 7.0 Nougat, have laminated displays damage-protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and are fitted with the latest "Doze" mode capabilities to save battery life when they're tucked away.

The Nokia 6 is the creme de la creme of the suite, crafted from a single block of "6000 series aluminium" with a 5.5-inch full HD screen, 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, and a smart audio amplifier featuring dual speakers to boost entertainment value.

It comes in matte black and silver, while the tempered blue, copper and limited edition "Arte Black" colour variants remain out-of-reach for Australian customers.

The Nokia 6 sold out in minutes in China when it launched online through a 24-hour flash sale in January.

The Nokia 5 is slightly smaller with a curved 5.2-inch display, fingerprint sensor and wide-angle front camera.

While the Nokia 3 is classed as the "affordable" option with "the essentials" including a 5-inch polarised HD display and 8-megapixel, auto-focus cameras with wide aperture on the phone's front and back.

The new phones were thrust into the spotlight at the Mobile World Congress in Spain in February, alongside an updated version of the old-school Nokia 3310 complete with the Snake game and an impressive battery life.

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