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Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 Will Get Quarterly Security Patches for Third Year: HMD Global

These older models may not receive Android Q, but will get Android security updates.

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Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 Will Get Quarterly Security Patches for Third Year: HMD Global

The new update schedule applies to the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8

Highlights
  • Nokia is extending software support for some smartphones
  • The phones will be getting quarterly security updates for the third year
  • Users of the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 are set to benefit from the news

HMD Global's Nokia mobile brand has been one of the best performers in the Android space when it comes to software support for its devices. The company has most of its devices on the Android One software programme, and has used the benefits of the program to quickly and reliably roll out software updates for its devices. HMD Global is now going above and beyond to offer a third year of software support for some of its smartphones, in the form of quarterly security patch updates during the third year.

The announcement comes via an official post on the Nokia forum, stating that HMD Global has kept its promise of delivering major software and security updates for its oldest Nokia phones for two years. Now, the company is extending support up to the end of the third year for the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8. However, the additional support will come in the form of quarterly security patch updates, rather than major Android version updates with new features.

Further details have been shared in the post, stating that the Nokia 3 will be the first phone to start receiving quarterly updates for a year starting September 2019. The Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 will have the additional software support starting from October 2019, but it's also worth mentioning here that the Nokia 6 sold in India and the United States on Amazon will not be getting this additional support. Furthermore, the Nokia 2 will also have its security patch support conclude in November 2019.

Additional security patch updates aren't quite as exciting and functional as full updates,but any extra support from HMD Global comes as a bonus for users. This will ensure that the phones stay secure for an extra year, further increasing the value and lifespan of the devices. Newer models aren't mentioned in the post, but it's safe to assume that they'll be in line for the promised two years of major updates, as well as the newly announced three years of security updates.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Feels solid
  • Stock Android experience
  • Dedicated slots for SIMs and microSD card
  • Bad
  • Average overall performance
  • Camera quality is below par
  • No fingerprint scanner
Display 5.00-inch
Processor MediaTek MT6737
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 8-megapixel
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2630mAh
OS Android 7.0
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
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  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good build quality
  • Stock Android
  • Great speakers
  • Bad
  • Heats up with heavy use
  • Sub-par camera performance
  • Slow charging
  • No notification LED
  • Slightly overpriced
Display 5.50-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 16-megapixel
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 7.1.1
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
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  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great performance
  • Very good display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent cameras
  • Stock Android, promise of timely updates
  • Bad
  • Not fully waterproof
  • Low-light camera performance could’ve been better
Display 5.30-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Front Camera 13-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
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OS Android 7.1.1
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Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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