HMD’s first Aussie smartphones are available now for a bargain

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HMD, the company behind Nokia smartphones and custom offerings like the Barbie phone and the Boring phone, first announced it was launching its own brand back in February.

Today, it’s launched its first handsets in Australia: The HMD Pulse, Pulse+ and Pulse Pro.

There are three different models in the lineup, with all of them coming in under the $300 mark, with the cheapest costing $229. Whether they can make the cut of the best cheap phones remains to be seen.

Aside from being wallet friendly, HMD has ensured that all models are built to be repairable. This means you can fix basic issues, like replacing the screen, a bent charging port, or a depleted battery, simply by using a self-repair kit from iFixit.

“HMD has just announced its fourth repairable device: HMD Pulse Pro. HMD’s ongoing commitment to designing phones with repairability in mind is an encouraging shift in our throwaway culture, proving that HMD has the innovative culture needed to drive advances in repairability. We’re keen to collaborate as they work towards making repairable phones the norm, not the exception.”

Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit

The difference between the phones is a combination of varying camera capabilities, plus a bit of extra ROM and RAM in the more premium options.

On the cheapest Pulse model, you get a 13 MP AF camera, which gets bumped up to a 50MP AF camera on the Pulse+. The Pulse Pro combines that with a 2MP Depth camera, while improving the selfie camera from 8MP on the two cheaper models to 50MP.

The Pulse comes with 64GB of storage, with the other two offering 128GB as standard. The Pulse Pro offers 6GB RAM compared to the cheaper models 4GB.

You can compare the full spec sheet below:

HMD PulseHMD Pulse+HMD Pulse Pro
ColoursMeteor Black, Atmos Blue, Dreamy PinkApricot Crush, Midnight Blue, Glacier GreenGlacier Green, Twilight Purple, Black Ocean
DImensions163.19×75.02×8.45163.19×75.02×8.45163.19×75.02×8.55
Weight187 grams187 grams196 grams
Aspect ratio20:920:920:9
Display size6.56 inches6.56 inches6.56 inches
Resolution1612×7201612×7201612×720
Display featuresHD+ HID display 90Hz 480 nits(typical), Boost 600 nits, NTSC 70%(typ.) min 65%(min)HD+ HID display 90Hz 480 nits(typical), Boost 600 nits, NTSC 70%(typ.) min 65%(min)HD+ HID display 90Hz 480 nits(typical), Boost 600 nits, NTSC 70%(typ.) min 65%(min)
Cameras13 MP AF Dual camera LED flash, Super Night + Tripod Mode, FlashShot, AI HDR, Skin tone optimization
Front camera:8 MP
Rear camera:13 MP
Rear flash LED
50 MP AF Dual Camera, LED flash, Super Night + Tripod Mode, FlashShot, AI HDR, Skin tone optimization
Front camera:8 MP
Rear camera:50 MP
Rear flash LED
50 MP AF Dual camera, LED flash. Super Night + Tripod Mode, FlashShot, AI HDR, Skin tone optimization, Selfie Gestures, Night Selfie + AI Super portrait, Selfie slo-mo.
Front camera:50 MP
Rear camera:50 MP Main + 2 MP Depth
Rear flash LED
ConnectivityBluetooth:5.0
Features:NFC
Headphone jack:3.5 mm
Location:GPS/AGPS/Galileo
USB connection:USB Type-C (USB 2.0) OTG
WiFi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Supported
Bluetooth:5.0
Features:NFC
Headphone jack:3.5 mm
Location:GPS/AGPS/Galileo
USB connection:USB Type-C (USB 2.0) OTG
WiFi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Supported
Bluetooth:5.0
Features:NFC
Headphone jack:3.5 mm
Location:GPS/AGPS/Galileo
USB connection:USB Type-C (USB 2.0) OTG
WiFi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Supported
Battery and chargingBattery:5000 mAh
QuickFix replaceable battery
Battery life:Up to 59 hours
Charging:10W charging
Features:800 full charging cycles
Wattage:10 W
Battery:5000 mAh QuickFix replaceable battery
Battery life:Up to 59 hours
Charging:10W charging
Features:800 full charging cycles
Wattage:10 W
Battery:5000 mAh QuickFix replaceable battery
Battery life:Up to 59 hours
Charging:20W Fast charging
Features:800 full charging cycles
Wattage:20 W
Memory and StorageVirtual RAM options:4GB, 6GB
Cloud storage:Google Drive
Internal storage:64 GB
MicroSD card support up to:256 GB
RAM:4 GB
Virtual RAM options:4GB, 6GB, 8GB
Cloud storage:Google Drive
Internal storage:128 GB
MicroSD card support up to:256 GB
RAM:4 GB
Virtual RAM options:4GB, 6GB, 8GB
Cloud storage:Google Drive
Internal storage:128 GB
MicroSD card support up to:256 GB
RAM:6 GB
PlatformCPU:Unisoc T606CPU:Unisoc T606CPU:Unisoc T606
Operating SystemFeatures:Android Enterprise Recommended
Operating System:Android™ 14
OS upgrades:2 OS upgrades
Features:Android Enterprise Recommended
Operating System:Android™ 14
OS upgrades:2 OS upgrades
Features:Android Enterprise Recommended
Operating System:Android™ 14
OS upgrades:2 OS upgrades
AudioFeatures:OZO Audio
Microphones:1
Speakers:1
Features:OZO Audio
Microphones:1
Speakers:1
Features:OZO Audio
Microphones:1
Speakers:1
NetworkMax network speed:4G
Network bands (GSM):850, 900, 1800, 1900
Network bands (LTE):1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40
Network bands (WCDMA):1, 5, 8
Networks:4G, 3G, 2G
Sim size:Nano Sim
Max network speed:4G
Network bands (GSM):850, 900, 1800, 1900
Network bands (LTE):1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40
Network bands (WCDMA):1, 5, 8
Networks:4G, 3G, 2G
Sim size:Nano Sim
Max network speed:4G
Network bands (GSM):850, 900, 1800, 1900
Network bands (LTE):1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40
Network bands (WCDMA):1, 5, 8
Networks:4G, 3G, 2G
Sim size:Nano Sim
SecurityFeatures:Side fingerprint sensor.
Fingerprint sensor:Side Power key
Security updates:Three years of quarterly security updates.
Face Unlock
Features:Side fingerprint sensor.
Fingerprint sensor:Side Power key
Security updates:Three years of quarterly security updates.
Face Unlock
Features:Side fingerprint sensor.
Fingerprint sensor:Side Power key
Security updates:Three years of quarterly security updates.
Face Unlock
ButtonsPower button, Volume up/downPower button, Volume up/downPower button, Volume up/down
MaterialsWater Resistant (IPX grading):IP52Water Resistant (IPX grading):IP52Water Resistant (IPX grading):IP52
SensorsAccelerometer (G-sensor)
Ambient light sensor
e-Compass
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer (G-sensor)
Ambient light sensor
e-Compass
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer (G-sensor)
Ambient light sensor
e-Compass
Proximity sensor

HMD Pulse Pricing and availability

The HMD Pulse Pro has an RRP of $299 and is available now from JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and Big W.

The HMD Pulse+ has an RRP of $259 and is available now from JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks and at a later date from Big W, Telstra and Vodafone.

The HMD Pulse has an RRP of $229 and is available now from JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and Big W.

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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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