The Nokia 3 has made landfall in South Africa

HMD Global has officially announced that the Nokia 3 is now available in South Africa, marking the return of the famous brand to local shores.

It’s arguable to say that the Nokia flame never truly died out in South Africa, and now – under HMD Global – the brand has returned in smartphone form to South Africa under the banner of the Nokia 3.
Announced alongside the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 earlier this year, the Nokia 3 is a budget contender that brings with it some key selling propositions; among them, the presence of Gorilla Glass and a 5″ display.
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In terms of specs, the Nokia 3 offers a 720p display, 16GB of  (expandable) internal storage, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,650mAh battery. The presence of an 8-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter rounds out the package.
Notably, the device arrives running Android 7.0 Nougat, and doesn’t feature an obtrusive software skin.
The Nokia 3 represents the brand’s entry-level contender; the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 each represent the mid-range, while a premium Nokia 9 variant is rumoured to ship later this year.
The device will compete against a litany of established players in the South African market, not least Samsung which has offered its J-series smartphones to the local market.
The Nokia 3 is slated to become available as of today on the 7th of June, with an estimated retail price of R2,199 ZAR at retail.
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What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in purchasing an Android device under the Nokia badge again, or does your interest lie with another smartphone marque? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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