The Nokia 5 was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress show in Spain back in February, marking the Finnish company’s return to the global smartphone arena.
The phone, as you probably have already guessed, comes right after the Nokia 6 and similarly, you’ll come across a sophisticated design that features a precision-grinded aluminum body that promises to survive any of those falls and other rough treatments our phones go through.
HMD Global is planning to win over Android fans by introducing a clutter-free Android experience that is close to what you see on the likes of Google Pixel and Nexus devices. With this, the company has even promised that the Nokia 5 and other Nokia phones will receive regular software updates for the foreseeable future, probably two years like with the case of Google devices.
As for the specs and features, the Nokia 5 is a midranger that slots itself right below the slightly more powerful Nokia 6. The screen size is decent at 5.2 inches and features a 2.5D sculpted Gorilla Glass, but the version of this technology is not specified. Unlike the Nokia 6, you get 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) resolution.
Under the hood, the Nokia 5 ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with a clock speed of 1.4GHz. This is paired with a RAM of 2GB and for the storage, you get 16GB that can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. For the cameras, the phone has a 13MP shooter on the back that comes with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and support for 1080p video recording.
The front gets an 8MP lens with the same aperture, promising great shots even in low-light conditions. You also get a wide-angle view of 84 degrees, which should be great for those group selfies.
Keeping the Nokia 5 alive is a decent 3000mAh battery unit, but there’s no mention of fast charging technology. The software on board is Android 7.1.1 Nougat and as noted earlier, you get a pure Android experience with no customizations.
There are a bunch of other features such as a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, support for 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm audio jack and a single speaker setup that is boosted by a Smart Amplifier (TFA9891) for enhanced audio experiences.
Nokia 5 is already available in a good number of markets across the globe, but the phone is not yet available here in Kenya. HMD Global put a decent price tag of 189 euros on the phone, which amounts to about Ksh 22,400. There’s no confirmed date as to when it will be available in Kenya, but we’ll update you when it does. Stay tuned.