HMD Unveils the HMD Pulse Trio: New Affordable Smartphones

HMD Unveils the HMD Pulse Trio: New Affordable Smartphones

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While the partnership between Nokia and HMD still has a long way to go, HMD Global is forging ahead with the launch of the new Pulse phones, priced between 100 and 200 euros.

HMD is betting on consumers shifting towards more eco-conscious products and focusing on repairability. The company claims that the Pulse lineup is designed for “first-generation repairability,” with users able to get self-repair tools from iFixit.

The HMD Pulse is the standard edition, but it’s worth noting that all three use the same processor: the Unisoc T606. This version sells for 140 euros/100 British pounds.

All three variants share a 6.65-inch LCD screen with a 720+ pixel resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.

HMD Unveils the HMD Pulse Trio: New Affordable Smartphones

Cameras are what set the three versions apart (at least the most significant difference). In the standard edition, the Pulse features a 13-megapixel rear camera (with auto image adjustment and dual LED flash).

The second unit appears to be a depth sensor. The front selfie camera boasts an 8-megapixel sensor, which, at least on paper, is quite decent for this price range.

The battery capacity is 5000mAh and is listed as “QuickFix replaceable.” This doesn’t mean you can remove the back panel and swap the battery, but it does mean you can replace the battery at home in about 5 minutes using basic tools only.

The battery is rated for 800 full charge cycles, and the phone is easy to use with just a 10W charger.

The phone has an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance, more than we expected given the price and ease of disassembly. However, maintaining this rating after battery replacement will require careful adherence to instructions.

On another note, the HMD Pulse+ is priced at 160 euros/130 British pounds. It uses the same 6.65-inch LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and +720 pixel resolution and the Unisoc T606 processor is like its sibling.

The phone comes with an option for 8 gigabytes of RAM (in addition to 4 and 6 gigabytes) and has a built-in storage of 128 gigabytes with microSD card support up to 256 gigabytes.

What sets the Plus version apart is the main 50-megapixel rear camera. Unfortunately, HMD has not provided details about the sensor or lens, or even video capture specifications.

The chipset can’t handle more than 1080 pixels, so don’t expect a 4K resolution. The front camera remains at 8 megapixels.

HMD Unveils the HMD Pulse Trio: New Affordable Smartphones

Like its siblings, the HMD Pulse+ has a 5000mAh battery with 10W USB-C charging (USB 2.0).

All three phones also have 3.5mm headphone jacks. Wireless connectivity features include 4G, Wi-Fi 5 (ac), Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC, as well as GPS/Galileo.

The HMD Pulse Pro is the best among the trio, but it’s not much more expensive at 180 euros. Despite the “Pro” moniker, it still gets the same +720-pixel screen resolution and the same Unisoc T606 processor.

While the rear camera is the same as the one found in the Plus version (50 megapixels plus a 2-megapixel depth sensor), the front camera has been upgraded to 50 megapixels.

Again, no further details have been provided, but the difference in front camera photos should be noticeable.

Connectivity remains the same, except that USB-C now charges the 5000mAh battery at 20W instead of 10W.

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The device comes with 4/6/8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage, plus a microSD slot (up to 256 gigabytes).

The phone is compatible with two OS updates and three years of security patches like the others.

The HMD Pulse and Pulse+ are available on starting today, with the Pro model coming soon. You can find details about the self-repair tools for these phones here.


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