Nokia 5 hands-on preview: bouncing back on stock Android

HMD Global, the company that now owns the Nokia brand in regards to phone-building, got on the stage at the MWC expo, and announced two new Android handsets - Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 - during a trendy 360 video stream, as well as the global availability of the already-unveiled Nokia 6, not to mention the return of the iconic 3310. We got a brief hands-on time with the Nokia 5 at the show floor, and these are our first impressions.

Design and display

The Nokia 5 is crafted out of a single sheet of anodized aluminum that can be painted in Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White colors, so it joins the ranks of premium chassis phones in its class like the Moto G5 Plus or most every Xiaomi handset. The smooth metal body is a looker, especially in the blue or red hues, and I wouldn't call it slippery in the hand. In addition to that, the phone is well-made, with no gaps or creaks all around, and with solid, easy to press buttons that give good tactile feedback. The phone carries a 5.2-inch HD display, which is nothing to write home about in terms of resolution, but has good viewing angles, and no visible slant to the overly cold or warm side of the color spectrum. The Nokia 5 also comes with the ubiquitous Micro USB port at the bottom, and a fingerprint scanner doubles as a home button.

Processor and memory

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, the Nokia 5 also has 2 GB of RAM, which seems to be the bare minimum these days. The handset sports 16 GB of internal memory, but does offer a microSD slot for storage expansions, too. A hearty 3000 mAh battery keeps the lights on, which, given the specs and display resolution, should keep you going for a while.


Not to be outdone by the Pixel phones, Nokia cooperated with Google on a stock Nougat interface that the crew from Mountain View itself tipped will be receiving the latest Android updates shortly after they roll for its own phones, and security updates immediately after they are pushed out. That's very nice to know, though if you are accustomed to more feature-rich interfaces, stock Nougat will look and feel a bit flat in comparison.


The Nokia 5 will land with a 13 MP camera with bog down average specs like a 1.1 micron pixel size or an f/2.0 aperture. We don't expect wonders from this one, though it does sport fast phase detection autofocus, HDR mode, and dual LED flash next to the lens. The frontal camera comes with 8 MP sensor, which should be enough for any selfie enthusiast, too.


The new Nokia 5 will launch some time in Q2 of 2017, and will sport a pretty decent 189 Euros tag. This, however, puts it in direct competition not only with the myriad of Chinese phones that can be had for a similar price with a tad better specs, but also against the excellent Moto G5 Plus that also made a cameo at the MWC. Lenovo's Moto G5 Plus also has a 5.2" display, but with 1080p resolution, and has a 12 MP camera that flaunts the same specs as the one on the S7, down to the Dual Pixel focusing tech. Still, what the 5 has going for it is the Nokia-specific brand of nostalgia in people, so we have to pit it against all its direct competitors before we pass judgment when we get a review unit.

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Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

That's weird... Indeed very weird... I was very skeptical when I heard that Nokia is coming back with Androids... But now... I'm not too sure...! I was like: "Another day, another Android.... Whatever..."... But now, I think that this is not just yet another Android...! It's more than that...! Way more... I like The 3310 and I definitely like this Nokia 5... The prices are right, the specs are great considering the price-tags, the phone will get regular OTA updates and it comes relatively bloat free and the software itself is very snappy and well optimized... And what else? Android Nougat...! Anyhow, I'm starting to like these phones... But still, nothing can hold a candle against The Sammy and its Grace UX...! Oh well, G'Day!

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Design is subjective and I like vanilla, near stock, pure android, aosp, whatever you call it. I like it plain and simple.

4. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I am one of those big fans of Nokia back then, Nokia 6600 and N-GAGE QD used to rule, but alas, you know it isn't the same Nokia right, it is somebody else who is running the show under the goodwill of brand Nokia. This is as good as many of those Chinese brands out there now without even a bit of old DNA in it. You can still give it a try but I am not sure if it brings out the same level of quality from the Symbian 60 days back then. 2004-2006 had a lot of revolution in mobile industry which was actually the basis for Apple. BTW, and on this topic, how did you, from being an ardent fan of Apple, now, have started doing Blasphemy these days ;)

5. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

I blame media for not informing people.. ITS THE SAME COMPANY IN ITS DNA! Feel free to check it out Internet, HMD Global, company is from Finland and it consists of veteran Nokia stuff.

6. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

here's a paragraph that i just saved because people are way too often misinformed about this topic hope it sheds some light on the topic In 2013 Microsoft decided to buy Nokia for 7.6B USD for that they got a Nokia's devices division which was rebranded to Microsoft mobile. The whole deal included a • 10-year license to use the Nokia brand • The Asha and Lumia brands • 8500 design patents (should note that design patents don't include the any technology just the way something looks) so while Microsoft owns the iconic Lumia designs and the Pureview trademark all the technologies involved in these are still owned by Nokia • 10-year license for here maps and the rest of Nokia's patents What remained with Nokia was their networking division, their mapping divisions and their newly founded Nokia technologies which was like their new hardware division for any hardware, most of the senior staff stayed at Nokia (Nokia Technologies) some chose to leave and the rest went to Microsoft. To finish off Microsoft also got all of Nokia's manufacturing facilities except one factory in India that Nokia operated on behalf of Microsoft. The Nokia N1 The Nokia N1 was designed by Nokia staff and the software (Z-launcher) was made by Nokia and licensed to Foxconn to manufacture and sell, it wasn't the most original, inspiring or coolest of devices but it also wasn't just a Nokia selling out their name it was Nokia licensing one of their products besides many allegations. I have one and it shows that Nokia knows what their fans want like subtle throwbacks such as double tap to unlock The current Nokia and the new phones coming out soon So earlier this year after laying off thousands of Nokia staff, and having the Lumia brand completely flunk and with it windows phone market share, Microsoft decided to sell Microsoft mobile formerly the Nokia devices department. Now the sale was split into 2 halves. FIH and HMD Starting with FIH they are a subsidiary made by Foxconn for the sole reason of purchasing Nokia's feature phone divisions and factories and they have made a deal with Nokia and HMD to manufacture all Nokia devices so while yes all new Nokia phones are being developed by Foxconn they're being developed in the same Nokia factories they have been developed in for the last 2 decades or so Second we HMD, Same as FIH HMD was founded on the same day Microsoft sold their devices division and the right to the Nokia brand. They are funded by a private equity fund managed by a former Nokia executive. Their executives are all Ex Nokia execs whom have also helped companies like Rovio and HTC, they understand the market trends in Different places around the world and have deep understanding of the smartphone scene. On top of that HMD will be working very closely with Nokia they will cooperate with Nokia technologies as well have a board member from Nokia in their board and Nokia retains the right to cancel any phone which doesn’t meet their quality expectations! Some

3. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

"The Nokia 5 also comes with the contemporary USB-C port at the bottom, and a physical home button (no finger scanner, though), making it a nice mix of the modern and the nostalgic trends." According to the following connectivity and sensors are present in Nokia 5: Connectivity: Micro USB (USB 2.0), USB OTG, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 Sensors: Accelerometer (G-sensor), ambient light sensor, e-compass, fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, NFC (sharing) Please correct it and do some research next time.

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