After a long absence, at last Nokia is back. For those who don’t know Nokia has now been purchased by another company, which is called HMD Global and after acquiring Nokia, HMD Global has now launched Nokia with Android.
Nokia Android series has, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8, In which Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are in the budget range and currently Nokia 5 retails for Rs. 13,499 (USD 206) in India. So let’s see what this phone is really like.
Nokia has even highlighted its build quality in their advertisements. And really, it is difficult to find this level of build quality in this price range. On the front, there is 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 and on the back is a brushed aluminum unibody enclosure. Button and camera bump edges are silver colored which adds to the beauty of the phone. On the right side are volume buttons and power button. On the left side are Dual SIM slot and MicroSD slot. On the top is the headphone jack and on the bottom are this phone’s Micro USB port, Speaker, and Mic Alongside this, this phone’s front button and fingerprint sensor is static and does not move when pressed but detects the press this adds to the modern feel of this phone. At less than half the price of OnePlus 5, in the hand, this phone feels a lot like the OnePlus 5. Similar aluminum uni-body brushed matte finish on the back and curved edges.
In my opinion, this is a big achievement on Nokia’s part. Nokia 5 has a 5.2 inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720p In this price range, most phones come with a 720p screen. But after using 1080p resolution using 720p is not fun. and being a power user, I find this resolution a bit low but this screen is by no means bad. Colours are good and in daily usage, I didn’t find any pixelated images or text. Alongside this, screen brightness is also good, and even in the sun, you can easily use this phone.
Nokia 5 has Snapdragon 430 Octa Core Processor Adreno 505 GPU 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal Storage which is a bit low, but this phone can take a MicroSD card of up to 256 GB. We are happy that this phone can take 2 SIMs and Micro SD card simultaneously.
The phone ships with Android 7.1 Nougat and the interface is very close to stock Android and there is no bloatware. This avoids any unnecessary load on the processor. In daily usage, the phone is not snappy and sometimes there is a bit of stutter or lag but please bear price range in mind (bro!). The fingerprint sensor is also not very fast but almost always recognizes the fingerprint we saw very few times when a fingerprint was not recognized on the first try.
In our testing, this phone’s Geekbench 4 Single core score was 677 and Multi-core score was 2847 which is pretty low but this phone is not built for performance and having an underpowered processor improves battery life.
On the back is a 13 MP sensor, and on the front is an 8 MP selfie shooter. One plus point is that both back and front cameras have autofocus. With the back camera in good lighting, images are detailed and crisp but in medium or low light, camera performances reduce greatly. Alongside this, images from its selfies shooter turn out soft sometimes it feels like there is a beauty filter.
Talking about Video
This phones can record full HD videos but there is no Optical Image Stabilization which results in jerky videos. Overall, in this price range, this camera is not bad.
Nokia 5 has a 3000 mAH battery which is pretty good for this phone because Nokia 5 has a screen resolution of 720p, light interface and low powered processor, with medium to heavy use, this phone will easily last a day. Because there is no fast charging, Empty to full charge took 2.5 hours.
Nokia 5 is for those people who want a low priced phone that can fulfill their daily needs such as apps and message. If you want good performance and better display, this phone is not for you. But if you want a phone which has been launched recently and has near-stock Android interface, flagship-level build quality, and good battery life, then Nokia 5 is a very good option. When I bought this phone, I was expecting a very cheap feeling phone But with its build quality, materials, and overall feel, is not of a cheap phone. And with a price point of around Rs. 13,499 (USD 200), it would be difficult to find a phone with better build quality. This brings us to the end of our review.
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