Nokia 5 Review

Nokia 5

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Interface and performance

Nokia 5 Review

HMD's Nokia smartphones come with an almost stock version of Android. This is done to ensure a bloat-free experience and, no less importantly, timely updates. The Nokia 5 ships with Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box, and our unit currently has the latest Android security patch installed. You won't find many other up-to-date budget Android phones. Many users will undoubtedly appreciate this, and we certainly hope that the practice continues in the future.

Performance-wise, there's nothing to write home about. The handset packs the octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. Cruising through the home screen and proprietary apps like Contacts or Messaging is generally smooth, but booting up Facebook and scrolling around or browsing a photo gallery does cause the phone to stutter. This can also be observed in Chrome on certain occasions. Loading times can also be dreadful, especially on more demanding games. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for.

Taking advantage of the microSD expansion slot would be a good idea, as the Android system occupies almost half of the 16GB of internal storage.


The Nokia 5 sports a single 13MP f/2.0 main shooter with Dual-LED flash and phase-detection autofocus, as well as an 8MP front-facing camera. On paper, the setup does seem adequate, but real-life use shows that it doesn't always deliver the goods.

Nokia 5 Review

We were able to capture some decent shots with the main cam on certain occasions, but some of our pictures turned out a little overexposed. The dynamic range isn't stellar either, which is why highlights in certain scenes are brighter than they should be. Low-light photos appear noisy and aren't sharp, while the camera app itself is a bit too basic.

Things are better with the front camera. It is capable of producing some accurate shots and has autofocus, which is great for a phone in this price segment. The feature has been added to help produce sharper selfies, and the results are more than satisfactory.

Video recording

We were pleasantly surprised by the video recording capabilities of this handset. There's no 4K on board which is understandable, but shooting in 1080p is quite enjoyable, and video quality is good overall. Still, there isn't any stabilization of any sort, so some videos might appear shaky, and even though autofocusing is generally fast, faster-moving objects tend to give it a hard time.


The Nokia 5 won't be taking the "Best phone for multimedia" prize, but it's not too horrible of a performer. The 720p display does the job for gaming and YouTube videos, but watching full-length movies might be a bit of a stretch.

The single speaker located on the bottom is sufficiently loud but depth is certainly lacking. As we mentioned earlier, there is a 3.5mm audio jack present on the top, but you might want to avoid using the earphones that ship with the handset, as they are rather uncomfortable.


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Nokia 5

Nokia 5

OS: Android 8.1 8.0 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.2 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (282 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.89 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
(149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)

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