Nokia 5 – An Introduction

One of the trio, HMD Global launched under the “Nokia” brand earlier this year – Nokia 5 is the middle one between the most basic Nokia 3 (review) and the most sturdy of the the three Nokia 6. Price of the Nokia 5 is PKR 21,900/- (or ~$210) when released in Pakistan.

Currently in the market we have a lot summing around the similar price of Nokia 5. Samsung’s J5 Prime is listed for a little more price but doesn’t catch up with Nokia 5 features. Xiaomi has a few handsets with similar price but a bit better specs inside. Brand name, of course plays a role in pricing but customers also prefer to buy what they’ll actually have in their new phone.

Nokia 5 actually borrows some elements from both, the starter Nokia 3 and the sturdy Nokia 6. Packs into aluminium body like Nokia 6 but has the display resolution from Nokia 3. However the display size comes between the starter and the sturdy. Staring on the front, the components give a slight impression of Nokia 6 – the rectangular home button with rounded corners.

Nokia 5 Featured
Nokia 5 – Photo KA/TechProlonged

Nokia 5 – Features

From inside, fingerprint scanner is also common between the 5 and the 6 where the Nokia 3 didn’t have one. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 – the chipset is borrowed from 6 whereas the memory configuration is like Nokia 3 – 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Battery, on the other hand is 3000 mAh also like the one in Nokia 6. Interestingly the gap between the megapixels 8, 13 and 16 of the cameras of trio also approximately matches the gap between their names 3, 5 and 6.

It won’t be wrong to say that Nokia 5 is well divided into 3 and 6. People can easily decide which one of these devices they actually want to buy and what they have to pay for them.

Nokia 5 – Full Specifications

Nokia 5
PLATFORM
CHIPSET / CPU / GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 – MSM8937
Octa-core Cortex-A53 1.4 GHz
Adreno 505
DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT
149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm
160 grams
DISPLAY 5.2-inch IPS LCD Display
HD Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density: ~282ppi
Gorilla Glass
RAM 2GB RAM
STORAGE 16GB
microSD card slot
REAR CAMERA 13 MP, PDAF, f/2.0, dual-LED dual-tone flash,
1080p/30fps video
FRONT CAMERA 8 MP AF, f/2.0
OS / SOFTWARE Android 7.1.1 Nougat / Pure Android
NETWORKS Dual-SIM
2G/GSM, 3G/HSDPA, 4G/LTE
SENSORS Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light, Compass, Gravity, Gyroscope
BATTERY / POWER 3000mAh battery non-removable
PRICE PKR. 21,900/-

Pros

  • Fully aluminium build
  • Very bright display with additional sunlight readability option.
  • Battery is excellent.
  • Main camera is good at most conditions.
  • Dedicated slots for a microSD card and two SIM cards

Cons

  • 16 GB storage is a “no go” choice for requirement of today’s large apps, specially games.
  • No USB Type-C
  • Not enough fast charging.

Unboxing and Retail Box Content

Retail box is exactly same in size with Nokia 3. The layout is exactly same in white color as well as the back of the box prints key features of the Nokia 5 along side a profile image. On the front, there’s graphic which illustrates the traditional Nokia language of “Connecting people”. Hand-shake occurs inside the device Nokia 5 that is printed right in the middle of the box.

The slim box has a slide-out structure that after removing the wrapper you can pull out the inner container with the nob provided. The retail package brings along everything you’ll usually look for when you buy a new smartphone.

Nokia 5 Unboxing - Retail Box Content
Nokia 5 Unboxed – Photo KA/TechProlonged
  • The Device: Nokia 5
  • Charger: 5V/2A
  • microUSB cable for connectivity and charging
  • Earphones with 3.5mm pin
  • User Guide and Warranty Card
Nokia 5 Review
Build & Design 8.5
Display & Touch Screen 7.5
Software / OS 7.5
System Performance 7
Battery Performance 7.5
Camera Primary/Secondary 7
Summary
If you prefer good looks and better build quality, then Nokia 5 is the best choice in the class you are looking for a phone.
7.5
User Rating 3.5 ( 1 votes)
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