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Repairable and Cheap: HMD's New Pulse Smartphones Launched

HMD Pulse Pro launch US price specs Vibe
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After announcing it will drop the Nokia name from its smartphone lineup last year, HMD dropped word of its first series of devices under its own label. HMD's original lineup includes three budget HMD Pulse smartphones that will ship globally while a US variant is set to arrive later this year.

In addition to their affordability, HMD emphasized the “Gen 1” repairability aspect of the Pulse trio. The Finnish company partnered with iFixit to provide users with self-repair tools and replacement parts such as batteries, display panels, and ports, among others.

HMD Pulse Pro

The lineup is headlined by the HMD Pulse Pro that features a 6.65-inch HD+ LCD screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate and 600 nits peak brightness. It has a dual rear camera configuration that consists of a 50 MP wide shooter that shoots 1080p video and a 2 MP depth sensor. Flip it over to the front and you get a 50 MP sensor for your selfies.

HMD's Pulse Pro is powered by the Unisoc T606 chipset, a dated 12 nm silicon that debuted in 2021. The same chip can be found in a number of budget phones like the Nokia G22 and Samsung Galaxy A03. Using this chip, you get 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and NFC.

HMD Pulse Pro
HMD Pulse Pro is available in purple, green, and graphite colorways / © HMD

The memory on the device ranges from 4 to 6 and 8 GB of RAM while the 128 GB on-board storage remains standard across the board. You can expand its storage by up to 256 GB via the microSD card slot.

HMD also touted the robust battery life on the Pulse Pro. It rated the device which is equipped with 5000 mAh battery capacity, to last up to 59 hours on a full charge. The device features 20-watt fast charging via a USB-C port.

HMD Pulse+ and Pulse

A slightly slower version of the Pulse Pro is the Pulse+. The main differences between the Plus and the Pro models would be the slower charging speed at 10 watts and a lower resolution 8 MP selfie camera. The rest of the hardware remains the same, including the IP54 dust and water certification, display, processor, memory, and battery size.

HMD Pulse and Pulse+
HMD Pulse, Pulse Plus, and Pulse Pro share a 6.65-inch HD+ LCD screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate and a Unisoc T606 chipset. / © HMD

The cheapest device the trio is the HMD Pulse. It is distinguished by the presence of a 13 MP main shooter at the back mated to a 2 MP depth sensor. Furthermore, it comes with a smaller 64 GB expandable memory alongside 4 or 6 GB RAM.

All three HMD Pulse models boot on Android 14 out of the box and is guaranteed to receive two major Android upgrades and 3 years of security patches.

HMD Pulse prices and HMD Vibe launch

How much do they cost? The HMD Pulse Pro costs €180 (~$192) a pop and will be available soon from HMD and third-party retailers. As for the HMD Pulse+ and Pulse, they were already listed on HMD's store starting from €160 ($171) and €140 ($150), respectively.

HMD confirmed it will launch the HMD Vibe, a variant that falls between the Pulse+ and Pulse Pro, in the US later this year. The company mentioned the Vibe will retail for $150.

What are your thoughts on HMD introducing repairable smartphones? Do you think more brands will follow HMD's suit? Let us hear your opinion on this matter.

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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