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HMD Pulse Pro, HMD Pulse+ and HMD Pulse smartphones on sale in the UK

07. 06. 2024 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

HMD Global has made the recently announced Pulse Pro, Pulse+ and Pulse smartphones available in its online store in the United Kingdom at discounted prices. Buy one of HMD Global's latest phones now as part of the Pulse family and become part of the Pulse family.

Shop HMD's latest handsets now on sale, including the HMD Pulse £89 (EUR 104, USD 113, INR 9455) - (full price £99) 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Dual SIM in Dreamy Pink and Meteor Black. You can also buy the HMD Pulse+ smartphone for £109 (EUR 128, USD 138, INR 11578) - (full price: £129) with 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Dual SIM in two colors, Apricot Crush and Midnight Blue. Lastly, I can also buy HMD Pulse Pro phone for £129 (EUR 151, USD 164, INR 13708) - (full price: £149) a bit more powerful 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Dual SIM in three Glacier Green, Twilight Purple and Black In ocean colors.

According to HMD, the Pulse product line is the “1. It's built on ``generational repairability'' and users can get self-repair kits from iFixit. Repairs include replacing the battery, but also replacing the screen. The HMD Pulse is the base model, but we should note that all three use the same chipset – the Unisoc T606. The three models share a 6.65-inch LCD, a 720p+ panel (20:9) with a 90Hz refresh rate. Nothing fancy with 600 nits peak brightness and 70% NTSC coverage.

The cameras distinguish the three models from each other (at least these are the biggest differences between them). As a base model, the Pulse has a 13MP primary (with autofocus and dual-LED flash) on the back. The second module appears to be a depth sensor. The selfie camera has an 8-megapixel sensor, but at least it has a hole - in this price category, it might just fit in.

The battery capacity is 5000 mAh and is listed as “QuickFix replaceable”. This doesn't mean that you have to pop off the back panel and replace the battery, but it does mean that you can replace the battery at home in just 5 minutes with only basic tools.

The battery is rated for 800 full charge cycles and the phone can easily run on it with just 10W of charging. The phone is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance, which is more than we expected considering the price and ease of disassembly. But to maintain this rating after replacing the battery, follow the instructions carefully.

Let's go back to the Unisoc T606 for a moment. This is an ancient 12nm part with two Cortex-A75 cores and six A55 cores, as well as a Mali-G57 MP1 GPU and a 4G modem. The Pulse comes with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, plus up to an additional 256GB via microSD card.

The HMD Pulse already ships with Android 14, and the company promises 2 OS updates and 3 years of security patches. The same applies to the other two models.

The HMD Pulse+ uses the same 6.65-inch 90Hz 720p+ LCD and Unisoc T606 as its sibling. It has 8GB of RAM (in addition to 4GB and 6GB) and 128GB of inbuilt storage that supports microSD cards up to 256GB.

What sets the Plus model apart is the 50MP main camera on the back. Unfortunately, HMD didn't provide sensor or lens details, not even video recording specs. The chipset can't do more than 1080p, so don't expect 4K. The front camera remains 8 MP.

Like its siblings, the HMD Pulse+ has a 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging via USB-C (USB 2.0). The three phones also have a 3.5mm headphone jack. 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 top dog of the trio, you get the same 720p+ display, the same Unisoc T606. While the rear camera is the same as on the Plus – 50MP plus a 2MP depth sensor – the front-facing camera has been expanded to 50MP. Again, no further details are given, but the difference in selfies is remarkable.

Connectivity remains unchanged, except that USB-C now charges the 5,000mAh battery at 20W instead of 10W. Like the plus, it comes with 4/6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with a microSD slot (up to 256GB). The phone is waiting for 2 OS updates and 3 years of security patches like the others. All three have a fingerprint reader built into the power button.


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