HMD Pulse: The new smartphones from HMD are easier to repair
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HMD Pulse: The new smartphones from HMD are easier to repair

Jan Johannsen
24.4.2024
Translation: machine translated

With the Pulse, Pulse + and Pulse Pro, HMD presents the first smartphones under its own name. Whether display, back or battery: the affordable devices are designed to be repaired at home.

The days of Nokia smartphones are over. Manufacturer HMD now sells its devices under its own name. The Pulse series kicks things off with three affordable models. In cooperation with ifixit.com, there are repair instructions, a self-repair kit with the necessary tools and the manufacturer also has suitable spare parts on sale.

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Cameras make the difference

The new entry-level smartphones from HMD differ primarily in their cameras:

  • Pulse: 13-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Pulse +: 50-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Pulse Pro: 50-megapixel main camera, 50-megapixel front camera

The other features match the low prices of the smartphones. HMD has installed a 6.65-inch LCD display in the Pulse models. Its resolution of 1612 × 720 pixels achieves an HD resolution and a pixel density of 265 PPI. Above 300 PPI, the human eye can no longer see the individual pixels and almost all smartphones have at least full HD resolution.

The brightness of 480 nits may be sufficient for a PC screen indoors, but the smartphone display could be difficult to recognise when used in the sunshine. One reason why even many mid-range models currently achieve over 1000 nits. The refresh rate reaches up to 90 hertz. The housing is protected against dust and dripping water in accordance with IP52.

The three Pulse smartphones look almost identical. The Pulse + in orange is shown here as an example.
The three Pulse smartphones look almost identical. The Pulse + in orange is shown here as an example.
Source: HMD

The Unisoc T606 chipset used by HMD was introduced at the end of 2019 and is no longer the best choice even for entry-level smartphones. In addition to the modest computing power, it provides the Pulse models with 4G, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0.

The smartphones have a 3.5 mm audio connection. The 5000 mAh battery is charged via USB-C with up to 10 watts. A power supply unit is not included. HMD also offers a charger that is colour-coordinated with the Pulse Pro in "Glacier Green". Android 14 runs on the Pulse smartphones ex works. They will receive two major operating system updates.

There are further differences in the memory configuration, although the internal memory of all three devices can be expanded using a microSD card.

  • Pulse: 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
  • Pulse +: 4 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM
  • Pulse Pro: 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM

HMD Pulse

HMD Pulse (64 GB, Meteor Black, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
118.– CHF

HMD Pulse

64 GB, Meteor Black, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse (64 GB, Tundra Rose, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
127.40 CHF

HMD Pulse

64 GB, Tundra Rose, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse (64 GB, Atmos Blue, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
120.– CHF

HMD Pulse

64 GB, Atmos Blue, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse (64 GB, Meteor Black, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
118.– CHF

HMD Pulse

64 GB, Meteor Black, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse (64 GB, Tundra Rose, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
127.40 CHF

HMD Pulse

64 GB, Tundra Rose, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse (64 GB, Atmos Blue, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
120.– CHF

HMD Pulse

64 GB, Atmos Blue, 6.56", Dual SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

** HMD Pulse +**

HMD Pulse Plus (128 GB, Midnight Blue, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
130.– CHF

HMD Pulse Plus

128 GB, Midnight Blue, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse+ (128 GB, Apricot Crush, 6.56", Single SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
146.– CHF

HMD Pulse+

128 GB, Apricot Crush, 6.56", Single SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Plus (128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
131.– CHF

HMD Pulse Plus

128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Plus (128 GB, Midnight Blue, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
130.– CHF

HMD Pulse Plus

128 GB, Midnight Blue, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse+ (128 GB, Apricot Crush, 6.56", Single SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G)
146.– CHF

HMD Pulse+

128 GB, Apricot Crush, 6.56", Single SIM, 13 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Plus (128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
131.– CHF

HMD Pulse Plus

128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Single SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

** HMD Pulse Pro**

HMD Pulse Pro (128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
153.– CHF

HMD Pulse Pro

128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Pro (128 GB, Twilight Purple, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
–19%
165.44 CHF was 203.02 CHF

HMD Pulse Pro

128 GB, Twilight Purple, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Pro (128 GB, Black Ocean, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
Smartphones
170.17 CHF

HMD Pulse Pro

128 GB, Black Ocean, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Pro (128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
153.– CHF

HMD Pulse Pro

128 GB, Glacier Green, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Pro (128 GB, Twilight Purple, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
–19%
165.44 CHF was 203.02 CHF

HMD Pulse Pro

128 GB, Twilight Purple, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

HMD Pulse Pro (128 GB, Black Ocean, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G)
170.17 CHF

HMD Pulse Pro

128 GB, Black Ocean, 6.56", Hybrid Dual SIM, 50 Mpx, 4G

Header image: HMD

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Jan Johannsen
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As a primary school pupil, I used to sit in a friend's living room with many of my classmates to play the Super NES. Now I get my hands on the latest technology and test it for you. In recent years at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, now at Digitec and Galaxus. 


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