HMD launches three new phones and says “Repair It Yourself”

HMD Pulse Series Price Nepal
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Do you remember the good ol’ days when you could repair your phone without breaking a sweat? HMD surely does! The Finnish company just launched three new phones under the Pulse lineup that you can “Repair It Yourself”. These phones have very minimal differences from one another. Thus we will cover the entire HMD Pulse series its specifications, price in Nepal, and more in this one article.

HMD Pulse Series Overview

Design and Display

The HMD Pulse series all come in a uniform design with a monotone finish and a rounded rectangular camera island. The island hoses two round camera cutouts with a flash on the side. These phones have an all-flat design and come with IP52 water resistance.

The lowest variant is available in Dreamy Pink, Meteor Black, and Atmos Blue shades. Similarly, the “+” option comes in Apricot Crush, Midnight Black, and Glacier Green colours. Lastly, the highest variant i.e. the Pro model ships in Glacier Green, Black Ocean, and Twilight Purple finishes.

HMD Pulse Series Design

On the front, you get a 6.65-inch HID display all across the board. Additionally, it offers an HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and 600 nits of peak brightness. Other than that, the panel is capable of 70% NTSC colour gamut.

Performance

Under the helm, the entire HMD Pulse series packs the UNISOC T606 chipset. It is not a very performance-centric chip, but, it preserves quite a bit of battery instead. Moreover, it comes in a 12-nanometre fabrication with eight cores and a peak clock speed of just 1.6 GHz. In the meantime, all three phones boot on Android 14 and will receive two OS and three years of security updates.

Unisoc T606

The phones in the HMD Pulse series vary from each other in the memory and storage department. The titular phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. This phone offers up to 6GB of virtual RAM and up to 256GB of external storage support.

Similarly, the HMD Pulse+ also comes with 4GB memory while the ROM is double the capacity at 128GB.  This phone also offers up to additional storage support of up to 256GB while you can extend the memory up to 8GB. Lastly, the highest variant comes with 6GB and 256GB memory and storage combo. Meanwhile, the expandability option includes up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage via MicroSD card.

Camera and the rest

The cameras are one of the major differentiating factors of the three phones. The HMD Pulse comes with a 13MP shooter on the back and an 8MP camera up front. Likewise, the + model takes the resolution of the rear shooter to 50MP while the selfie camera remains unchanged at 8MP. Both these models have a dummy cutout on the back that serves no purpose other than for decoration.

Contrarily, the HMD Pulse Pro has a 2MP auxiliary lens used as a depth sensor. Meanwhile, the main as well as the front camera on this model are both 50MP units.

HMD Pulse Series Camera

In the tank, all the members of the HMD Pulse series pack a 5,000 mAh battery. While the lower two variants make do with the standard 10W charging, the Pro version enjoys 20W fast charging support.

Other than that, all the phones come with 4G cellular, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, and NFC support for wireless connectivity. On the other hand, they have a USB 2.0 Type-C port as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired connections. Lastly, they come with a sole speaker and microphone setup along with a fingerprint scanner on the power button for biometric security.

Repairability

The main highlight of the HMD Pulse smartphone series is, well, repairability. You can repair these phones by yourself at home. For this, one can visit the HMD Phones Repair Hub on Ifixit.com and get the spare parts and step-by-step guide on the repair process.

HMD Pulse Series Repairability

The company mentions the screen, the charging port, the back panel, and the battery as the replaceable components on the overview page. It is not known if any other components follow the same route.

HMD Pulse Series Specifications

 Criteria / Models HMD Pulse HMD Pulse+ HMD Pulse Pro
Design Flat design with monotone finish, IP52-rated
Dimensions 163.19 mm x 75.02 mm x 8.55 mm
Weight 187 grams 200 grams
Display 6.65” HID display, 90Hz refresh rate, 600 nits peak brightness, 70% NTSC colour gamut
Resolution HD+ (720 x 1,612)
Chipset Octa-core UNISOC T606 (12nm)
RAM 4GB + Up to 6GB extendable 4GB + Up to 8GB extendable 6GB + Up to 8GB extendable
ROM 64GB + Up to 256GB expandable via MicroSD card 128GB + Up to 256GB expandable via MicroSD card
OS Android 14
Rear Camera 13MP 50MP 50MP Main + 2MP Depth
Front Camera 8MP
(Centre-aligned hole-punch cutout)
50MP
(Centre-aligned hole-punch cutout)
Security Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock
Sensors Accelerometer (G-Sensor), Ambient Light, e-Compass, Proximity
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, Galileo
Battery 5,000 mAh with 10W charging 5,000 mAh with 20W charging
Connectivity 4G, Dual-band WiFi, Hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Colour Options Dreamy Pink, Meteor Black, Atmos Blue Apricot Crush, Midnight Blue, Glacier Green Glacier Green, Black Ocean, Twilight Purple

HMD Pulse Series Price in Nepal and Availability

All three phones are available to purchase and start from EUR 140 and go up to EUR 180. It is unlikely that these phones make their way to our borders. If they somehow make their way here, we expect the HMD Pulse series price in Nepal to start from NPR 23,999.

Smartphone Price in Europe (Official) Price in Nepal (Expected)
HMD Pulse EUR 140 NPR 23,999
HMD Pulse+ EUR 160 NPR 27,499
HMD Pulse Pro EUR 180 NPR 30,999
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