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Nokia 5: an entry-level smartphone for the masses

Nokia 5 photo

If Nokia 6 that was selling for $300 USD sold out 100,000 units in just minutes, how would a cheaper alternative dubbed Nokia 5 will be doing in the market?

Ever since the former giant relaunched into the market, the interest for the Finnish company is higher than ever. Let’s check out Nokia 6 specs first of all:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~403 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB
  • Dolby Atmos sound enhancement
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • January 2017 release date
  • $300 USD price tag

No wonder Nokia 6 gets the nod with 100,000 units sold out in a matter of minutes. Not only does the Nokia brand name brings up the nostalgic, the spec itself are simply amazing for a mid-range smartphone. Featuring a 5.5-inch, it does look and feel great with its metal body and 2.5D curved display. Great 16MP-8MP camera setup is also there together with great sound and good battery life.

Now let’s turn our attention to Nokia 5 as per below:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~282 ppi pixel density
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE

As you can see from the above, Nokia 5 is a watered-down version of its bigger brother. Sporting a 5.2-inch HD screen, it is a far cry from the 5.5-inch Full HD of Nokia 6. There’s also no metal body, 2.5D curved glass or Gorilla Glass protection available that you can count on.

Moving on to the performance side of things, everything is similar – a Snapdragon 430 chipset, a decently fast octa-core processor, decent graphics but a reduced 2GB RAM. You might see some lags when trying to multi-task with the Nokia 5.

Camera-wise, it will be equipped with a 13MP-5MP camera that should be able to hold its ground. You should be able to take some good-looking photos and selfies with it.

As for storage, there’s 16GB of internal storage available which barely makes it. There’s no mention whether it will have an expansion slot or not, but our instinct said it would have it.

Last but not least, Nokia 5 will be running on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 which gives it a little boost in terms of performance.


Nokia 5 is targeted at those who may not want the power and performance of its bigger sibling, the Nokia 6. It will be cheaper, but to what level will it be affordable for its kind of specs. It will allow previous Nokia users in the 90’s a taste of what a modern Nokia is all about.

Nokia 5 is said to be released in the next couple of months and there’s no official response on its price just yet. It will only be available in Black colour.

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