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Nokia C3 Review: Entry Level Smartphone with Removable Battery

HMD Global which now holds smartphone products and also features Nokia phones is less well known when compared to smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Xiaomi, and also realme.

However, HMD Global continues to produce devices aimed at the entry-level segment. The latest smartphone introduced by HMD Global is the Nokia C3.

Simple design with removable battery

We had the opportunity to try out the Nokia C3 directly for two weeks. Used as a smartphone for daily needs, the Nokia C3 is indeed suitable for those of you who need a device to surf the internet, check e-mail, or chat on social media.

You could say, using this smartphone, you are still invited to return to nostalgia. The reason is, the Nokia C3 still carries a removable battery mechanism. The back shell made of plastic can be removed by using the gap on the bottom side.

When you successfully remove the back shell, you can see the part that is dominated by the battery. It can be said that the support for the Nokia C3 power supply consumes almost two-thirds of the entire rear section. There is also support for two Nano-SIM card slots. The C3 also features a slot to accommodate a microSD card up to 128 GB.

HD+ screen with a diagonal size of 5.99 inches

Unfortunately, the back panel of this smartphone is very easy to leave fingerprints. But there’s no need to worry, in the sales package HMD has included a transparent soft case which is also useful for protecting the smartphone.

Talking about the dimensions, the Nokia C3 measures 159.9 x 77 x 8.7 mm and weighs 184.5 grams. Despite using the casing included in the sales package, this smartphone still looks slim. So, still quite comfortable to grip.

Nokia C3 based on the Unisoc SoC

As mentioned above, the Nokia C3 targets the entry-level segment. Therefore, this smartphone is also only equipped with an SoC Unisoc SC9863A chipset with an Octa-core CPU. Relying on 8 ARM Cortex-A55 cores, its clock speed reaches up to 1.6 GHz.

Like most other Nokia smartphones, the Nokia C3 already runs on a pure Android operating system. This time, HMD Global put the Android 10 operating system with several Google applications installed.

How about the Nokia C3 power supply? This entry-level smartphone is only equipped with a 3,040 mAh battery. When trying to enjoy videos on YouTube in a marathon, the battery can last up to 5 hours. For normal use, it can last all day. HMD Global only provides charger heads with 5W power.

Nokia C3 has a single main camera on the back

This year, not a few smartphone manufacturers are competing to pack their devices with a camera module on the back of more than two units, including entry-level smartphones. However, HMD Global is confident to launch the Nokia C3 with a single main camera.

Yes! The Nokia C3 has a single 8 MP rear camera, while on the front there is a 5 MP sensor for selfies or video calls. When used, the autofocus feature is not very fast. There is no problem with the rear or front camera when it is used to photograph outdoor objects even though the details are still lacking.