One of the positive sides that differentiates HMD’s Nokia 3, 5 and 6 is the commitment of updating the phones for at least 2 years. The updates HMD is talking about include monthly security updates from Google with specific device fixes, and upgrades to next versions of Android OS, in this case the Android 8 codenamed O.
On the announcement back in February, HMD bragged that they are the only manufacturer committed to regularly updating their devices across the whole range, including the most affordable Nokia 3. As you may have noticed, Nokia 3, in contrast to 5 and 6, comes with Android 7.0 preinstalled, not 7.1.1. The reason for that is the MediaTek chipset that does not support Android 7.1.1. at the moment.
Is this true for each model though? Would this apply to the cheapest Nokia 3 handset?
“Yes, and this is the nuance of it… MTK (MediaTek) doesn’t support 7.1.1. Qualcomm supports that… We said to MTK, if you are our chipset provider, you have to commit to get the latest and greatest.”
At the South African launch event yesterday, CEO of HMD Arto Nummela told GearBurn that they are closely working with MediaTek in bringing Android 7.1.1 to Nokia 3, and that Nokia 3 will be among the first, if not the first device that will run Android 7.1.1 on a MediaTek chipset. The Nokia 3 uses MediaTek’s MTK6737 with 2GB RAM, and retails for €139 globally.