Nokia 5 (2018) arrival hinted at by HMD Global executive

Nokia 5 (2018) arrival hinted at by HMD Global executive
HMD Global could be about to introduce the Nokia 5 (2018). So far this year the Finnish company has introduced the Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018) (also known as the Nokia 6.1 in the US), the Nokia 7 Plus, and the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. And, after confirming that 2018 updates of the Nokia 5, 3, and 2 were also in the works, it appears the Nokia 5 (2018) could be the first to launch.

Replying to a user of Twitter who asked about the upcoming device, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas hinted at its imminent arrival by saying “stay tuned.” Now, the tweet fails to mention any specific release dates, but considering last year’s model went on sale in June, it seems likely that this year’s variant could see a similar release date, with an announcement possibly happening towards the end of May.

In regards to specifications, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 seems to be a likely candidate for the device along with the options of either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Furthermore, 16GB of internal storage will most likely be present, although a 32GB model may be released also. As with Nokia’s newest devices, the Nokia 5 is expected to form part of Google’s Android One program, meaning Android 8.1 Oreo should ship straight out of the box.

On a final note, if the Nokia 5 (2018) sticks to the same price bracket as last year’s model, it seems likely that the new device should cost around €200, or around $240. Also, the device could potentially make an appearance alongside the lower-end Nokia 2 and 3 2018 updates.

source: Juho Sarvikas (Twitter) via: BGR India



1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm all about saving money where it's feasible but Nokia's engineers should've learned their lesson with the 6. The SD435, or any 400 series, can't cope with Android. They need to get that Windows mentality out of their heads and realize Android needs more horsepower.

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

that's why the are cheap....

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 747; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I don't necessarily agree with that, Crispin. Just because Nokia hasn't figured out the proper optimization with the 400 series yet, doesn't mean it can't be done. There are other OEMs out there with 400 series devices that run just fine.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm not knocking your point, it has merit. But when the price difference between a decent mid-grade such as a Moto G, BlackBerry Motion or even the Nokia 6.1 is only around $100, "just fine" isn't going to cut it. Would you buy one of these SD400-equipped phones if you could get a 600 series for a few bucks more? It's not just the benchmark numbers or real-world performance. Remember, the imaging is also going to suffer with the inferior chip.

11. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

the SD435 works fine on the 5 especially after the 8.1 update the problem with the 5 is the ram is a bit restrictive plus the nokia 6.1 comes with a SD630 so again i'm not sure what the problem is !

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye, RAM management was absolutely bananas on The Nokia 5 but it was more of a bug than a feature which has been fixed with Oreo Update.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The problem is that the 2018 Nokia 6 costs only $30 more than what this thing is going to sell for and it's a much better device. The original 6 SUCKED with the 400 series chip and continued to SUCK with the Oreo update. RAM can only manage what the CPU is requesting from the hard drive. You can throw 20GB of RAM at that CPU and it'll still be bogged down.

15. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 747; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

We're definitely on the same page.

6. Subie

Posts: 2414; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

At least the 2018 Nokia 6(6.1) is coming with a 600 series SD.

7. Akilesh

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Who says 430 is not enough ? Nokia 6 runs fluidly with a 430. I haven't faced any major issues with it. It doesn't hang, no crashes or anything

9. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

You must mean Foxconn subsidiary HMD Global’s engineers.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Now that makes sense cause one online retailer here is practically giving them away for just $150. Just $10 more than the vastly inferior Nokia 3 and only $40 more than The bum basic Nokia 1, ironically! Its launch price was $220. Solid 13MP f/2.0 Camera, decent SD430 SoC (For the price), exceptional build quality and HMDs promise of Android P makes it a bargain, really. But then again... One can buy The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Vanilla with brand new 14nm 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450, 5.7" 2:1 display and 3,300mAh battery for just a tad bit more! Xiaomi is killing Huawei & Nokia with its ridiculously low prices! If only it embrace stock Android... G'Day!

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"If only it embrace stock Android" That's the reason LineageOS exist.. They give Oreo for all Xiaomi phones newer than Mi2(2012), except few models that use mediatek

12. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

xiaomi also have the worst record of snapping in half on jerryrigseverything and they're update rep isn't there at all

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

They should use SD 450 instead of SD 435 otherwise it's a Doa device unless price very low for budget buyers with Usb C.SD450 is latest.

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