HMD Global has today announced the availability of one its newest smartphones, the Nokia 3.4, in Kenya.
Interestingly, the company appears to have backpedalled on what it told us during that September launch about the pricing of the device locally when it eventually became available. Back then, we were briefed of a Kshs 17,000 pricing for the base model.
The press release sent earlier in the day announcing the device’s local availability quotes a Kshs 18,000 starting price. It should cost more based on the configuration (storage, memory) one goes with even though the 4GB/64GB memory/storage configuration seems to be the default in the local market and, perhaps, the only available one.
The Nokia 3.4 features 6.39-inch HD+ display that is punctuated by a punch hole to accommodate the front-facing 8-megapixel camera, a first on a 3-series Nokia smartphone.
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 460 chipset which, according to HMD Global, brings with it performance improvements of up to 70% over the 3.4’s predecessor.
Like the other devices it launched alongside, the Nokia 3.4 arrives running Android 10 right out of the box.
Having been announced just after the update roadmap for Nokia smartphones had been released by HMD Global, buyers of the device can expect it to make the jump to Android 11 later in 2021, probably within the first quarter of the year, if the past is anything to go by, shaving off the first of the expected two major upgrades alongside the 3-year security updates support.
Other specifications of the Nokia 3.4 include a tri-lens back camera arrangement heralded by a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens which, combined with the LED flash, stands out in the ring formation that is now defining the design on Nokia smartphones. There is also a 4,000mAh battery unit that HMD Global claims can last for up to 2 days on a single charge.
As we noted previously, the Nokia 3.4 “offers the most affordable way to join tightly-controlled corporate environments as it’s part of the Android Enterprise Recommended programme.”