Nokia C3 Review

HMD International won’t have had a standout Nokia smartphone shortly, for my part, however there is no denying that the majority of its Android telephones thus far have appeared actually good. As we speak, we’ll be reviewing the corporate’s most up-to-date entry-level Android providing, the Nokia C3. This funds telephone incorporates a easy design and fundamental specs, however hopefully, that ought to be sufficient to supply a good Android expertise.

This telephone appears fairly inexpensive, 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 title wasn’t sufficient nostalgia, the detachable battery within the Nokia C3 ought to undoubtedly deliver again some reminiscences. Your complete 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 seems to be very good. This telephone can be accessible in Nordic Blue. It is not too thick at 8.69mm and weighs a cushty 184.5g.

The Nokia C3 seems to be elegant, because of the minimalistic again which solely has a tiny vertical digicam module and a fingerprint sensor. The again panel would not appeal to fingerprints, and provides good grip. The amount and energy buttons are to the appropriate, 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 isn’t any 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 telephone, there’s a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS show with toughened glass. The design of the entrance additionally feels nostalgic, however truthfully, that is one thing that is greatest forgotten. As a substitute of a notch, the Nokia C3 has thick, old school borders on the highest and backside, and comparatively narrower ones to the edges. This is not a giant criticism for an entry-level telephone, however contemplating that its friends have additionally moved on to extra fashionable designs, I feel HDM International might have completed higher.

The field contents are fairly fundamental. You get a 5W charger, a USB cable, and a quick-start information. There isn’t any case or headset.

Nokia C3 efficiency: Practical 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 operating at as much as 1.6GHz. It is constructed on a somewhat outdated 28nm fabrication course of, which could not be as power-efficient as what among 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 embody Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.2 and FM radio. The latter requires a headset to be related as a way to work. The Nokia C3 helps 4G VoLTE and GPS. It has some fundamental sensors comparable to a proximity sensor, ambient mild sensor and an accelerometer. There isn’t any gyroscope and compass sadly, which implies you possibly can’t see the path 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 essential apps from Google preinstalled. The one third-party app known as My Telephone from HMD International, and it is for after-sales assist and gadget upkeep. You get some fundamental gestures within the Settings app, however that is the extent of the customisation. The Google Assistant button ought to be useful if you’re an avid person of Google’s digital assistant. It might probably’t be remapped to launch every other app or operate although. The C3 shouldn’t be a part of Google’s Android One program, so you aren’t getting that assure of two years of software program updates. Nevertheless, at the very least it isn’t operating Android 10 (Go Version) just like the Nokia 1 (Evaluation).

Utilizing Android on the Nokia C3 was a good expertise, however even with 3GB of RAM and bone-stock Android, it wasn’t the smoothest. Animations and multitasking brought about some intermittent stutter and lag. The fingerprint sensor labored properly, however the display took slightly longer than common to get up. Face recognition was additionally sluggish to kick in and carry out authentication. Gaming efficiency wasn’t nice both. Easy titles comparable to Sky Power 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 a good AnTuTu rating of 1,06,338 factors, which was on par with what the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC can ship, as seen in our critiques of the Redmi 9 (Evaluation) and Realme C12 (Evaluation). Nevertheless, 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 vibrant and movies do not look too dangerous on it. The earpiece speaker will get significantly loud because it faces you straight 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 among the lowest instances we have recorded shortly. With medium to mild use, I used to be in a position to 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 related to a quicker charger, I used to be solely in a position to cost the battery as much as about 43 p.c in an hour.

Nokia C3 cameras: Barely usable

The Nokia C3 has a single 8-megapixel rear digicam and a 5-megapixel selfie digicam. Autofocus is usually on the slower facet and will get worse in low mild. The app provides fundamental taking pictures modes however some frequent ones comparable to Portrait mode, are lacking. There’s an auto-HDR operate, which is sweet to see.

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Nokia C3 daylight digicam pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)

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Nokia C3 close-up digicam 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 typically appeared flat and smoothened-out. Low-light photos turned out grainy with poor element.

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Nokia C3 selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see bigger picture)

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


Selfies typically had weak element too, and publicity was in all places when taking pictures through the day. In low mild, most selfies had been grainy and virtually unusable. The Nokia C3 can shoot as much as 1080p video, however I discovered the standard to be beneath common, even through the day. Autofocus was additionally fairly sluggish.

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

Verdict: Do you have to purchase the Nokia C3?

 I feel it is fairly obvious by now that the Nokia C3 would not provide the most effective worth for cash, particularly the 3GB variant that is priced at Rs. 8,999. I feel the Realme Narzo 10A (Evaluation) and even the Narzo 20A, which we’re at present testing, can be a lot better alternate options. Other than 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 seems to be a bit old school.

Should you’re on a decent funds, the Realme C11 (Evaluation) ought 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 at the very least you may be getting a lot better battery life.

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