There aren't many options for budget phones with clean Android in the United States, though HMD Global has been filling that gap over the past few years with various Nokia-branded devices. Now you can get the Nokia 5.3 for just $176.99, a savings of $23 over the usual price.
HMD Global's Nokia phones come with some of the cleanest Android builds around, but that still doesn't make the company the fastest to update its devices. It looks like the same will be true for the Android 11 rollout, as the company posted and then deleted a roadmap on when we can expect the latest software to hit the Nokia lineup, with the last phones slated to get the update in Q2 2021.
HMD Global is keeping its pace up with Android budget phones with today's announcement of the Nokia C3. Unlike its two predecessors that have launched in the past 9 months, this device eschews the lightweight Android Go software in favor of full-fat Android 10.
In today's livestreamed event that was supposed to take place as part of the canceled Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, HMD Global was finally able to unveil its latest Nokia-branded mobile phones. The Nokia 8.3 5G is the world's first global 5G phone, which means it supports bands in every country in which 5G is currently deployed — even the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra can't boast global roaming capabilities. At the same time, the Nokia 5.3, 1.3, and a new roaming data plan from HMD also made their debut.