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Nokia 5 Review – Premium Build And Stock Android Option For Offline Buyers

Nokia is back with more than a few bangs. The company already has an elaborate portfolio of three Android phones covering the affordable price segment and is expected to bring in the high-end Nokia 8 in India very soon. The Nokia 5 is currently positioned as a midrange option that you can buy from offline stores.

The handset banks upon features like fluid stock Android software and premium metallic build and is essentially meant to compete with offline options from brands like Vivo, Oppo, and Gionee. Is Nokia 5 the best option available offline in its class? Let’s try and answer that in our Nokia 5 Review.

Key Specifications of Nokia 5

Model Nokia 5
Display 5.2 inch HD 2.5D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass display
Processor 1.4 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 430 processor
Camera 13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera
Battery 3000mAh
Inbuilt Memory 16GB
Dimensions 149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm
Software Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS
Dual SIM Yes
Price 12,499 INR

Design and Build

The Nokia 5 is slim and premium looking handset with a full metal build, something that’s still rare even when it comes to offline options. It’s quite compact and the rounded corners lend it a nice grip as well.

In the middle, you find a plastic strip that houses the rear camera module and LED flash. On the front, there is 2.5D glass and a fingerprint sensor that’s integrated with the home button. The handset is also IP52 water resistant certified, which implies you won’t worry about minor spillage or drizzle. The speaker grill is mounted on the bottom.

The Nokia 5 isn’t as dashing as its elder sibling Nokia 6, but it still looks quite premium compared to other offline options available in this budget.


The handset comes with a 5.2-inch display with HD panel. It’s a substantially bright IPS LCD panel with wide viewing angles. Colors aren’t punchy but they aren’t flat either. This is not the best display available in this budget by far, but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker either for offline buyers.

Camera and Imaging

While the new Nokia has managed to recreate the design and build comparable to what we experienced in days of yore, but clearly it has a long way to go before it can match the yesteryear camera quality.

Nokia 5 has a 13MP sensor on the rear that can capture good and well-metered shots when the lighting is good, but in low light, performance falls steeply. This was also something that we noticed on the Nokia 6. The 8MP selfie camera with withed f/2.0 aperture does a good enough job. Video recording quality is average.

Performance and Software

The performance we are getting on Nokia 5 certainly exceeds our expectations. The pure Android software that HMD Global has on Nokia 5 is very well optimized. We did notice some minor lag while trying to multitasking or running heavy games.

The device can handle basic apps and a moderate level of multitasking but the company still need to work on optimizing the camera software. At the same time, the limited 16GB storage and only 2GB RAM, the performance might not be very durable and is expected to falter after a few more weeks of usage. After all, even basic users these days can exhaust 16GB of storage pretty quickly.

The fingerprint sensor is very fast and accurate. The loudspeaker output is also above average. Call quality is also very good.

Battery, Price, and Verdict

The 3000mAh battery on the Nokia 5 gives decent mileage. We could comfortably make it through one day with moderate usage. However, fast charging isn’t supported.

Priced at 12,499 INR, the Nokia 5 can be recommended to the basic users, simply because of the limited RAM and storage. At the same time, its premium build quality and iconic branding will certainly appeal to many buyers. So if you don’t play high-end games on your smartphone or indulge in heavy multitasking and want a Nokia Smartphone, you can consider Nokia 5 as an option.

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