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Nokia C3 launched in China with a customizable “Xpress” key; Costs ¥699

Nokia C3

HMD Global has announced the Nokia C3 (2020) in China with a focus towards the elderly members of the society. The Nokia C3 comes with a blue-coloured customizable key on the left which can perform different functions via a single, double or long-press.

Design

The Nokia C3 brings us back to the era when screen cutouts and notches didn’t exist. The classic design of the Nokia C3 sports equated top and bottom bezels with room for the earpiece and the Nokia logo respectively. The dedicated “Xpress” key sits to the left side of the device, that’s the place where HMD Global will drop in Google Assistant key in other markets to reduce the potential use of the button.

Some specs

Specs-wise, the Nokia C3 comes with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720p. The display has some sort of scratch protection. The phone is powered by an undisclosed octa-core CPU clocked at 1.6Ghz. It comes with 3GB of memory (RAM) and 32GB of onboard storage. The storage can be expanded up to 128GB using a MicroSD card. HMD Global dropped in an 8MP primary camera at the back and a 5MP shooter to take selfies. For the other necessities, the phone features a fingerprint scanner, face unlock, FM Radio, headphone jack and a 3040mAh battery which is user-replaceable.

A focus on the senior citizens

We all will turn old one day. This device aims to focus on that segment of users. Apart from the “Xpress” key, the Nokia C3 natively offers larger icons, which are said to be 2x larger than those seen on the Nokia X71 – the last Nokia smartphone in China. Nokia Mobile also claims for a louder speaker for those facing a reduced hearing with the increasing age.

The phone also comes with an in-built health app which can be invoked using the Xpress button. The app will provide access to the latest health reports. The app will also allow users to connect to medical professionals for medical advise, prescription and online ordering of medicines.

Price and goodies

Nokia C3 is priced at 699 Chinese Yuan. The phone is coming in 2 colours – Nordic blue, sand gold.

JD.com is already accepting pre-orders for the device for a small deposit of ¥1. The deposit will be considered as ¥30 when paying the full price of the phone, hence reducing the net price to ¥669. JD.com is bundling the device with free 3-month insurance against broken screens.

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