Nokia 5 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

While its status as the middle child of the reborn Nokia family might make it an also-ran, the Nokia 5 is arguably the best of the new Nokia phones. That being said, you're spoiled for choice in the budget space, so unless the Nokia name entices you, consider your options carefully before laying down your cash on the Nokia 5.

The good

  • Stylish design for a budget phone.
  • Uncluttered Android install.
  • Reasonable fingerprint sensor.

The bad

  • Camera is slow to launch.
  • Mediocre performance.
  • Ordinary battery life.

Nokia 5 at a glance
When was the Nokia 5 released? July 2017.
What’s new about the Nokia 5? Premium style, fingerprint sensor, Android 7.0.
How much does the Nokia 5 cost? RRP $329, but can be found cheaper online.

Nokia's mid-range Android handset might be the best of the bunch, but it's fighting in a very crowded budget space.

HMD Global made quite the splash at Mobile World Congress 2017, relaunching the Nokia brand with a range of four mobile handsets produced by Foxconn in China. The most surprising of those was the reborn Nokia 3310, though it had to be altered to support 3G before coming to Australia thanks to the death of 2G services.

The other three Nokia phones which launched at MWC, namely the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, launched in Australia in July 2017. We've already put the somewhat disappointing Nokia 3 through its review paces, but what about the next phone up the rung: the Nokia 5?

Middle children in a series often have a tough time of it because they're not the absolute budget option, but equally, they often lack the features of the "hero" phone of the series. Against that context, how does the $329 Nokia 5 actually fare?

Design

  • Aluminium body gives the Nokia 5 the look of a far more expensive handset.
  • Comfortably shaped and easy to hold.

Camera

  • Better than the lacklustre Nokia 3.
  • Photo quality is still average at best.

Performance

  • Middle-of-the-road performance for a budget smartphone.
  • HMD's promise of upgrade support for two years will help the Nokia 5 remain viable over the long term.

Battery life

  • Doesn't deliver the longevity we expected from its 3,000mAh battery and low-power processor.
  • You may struggle to get a full day of use on a single charge.

Verdict

  • Beyond its sleek design, the Nokia 5 just doesn't have a whole lot going for it.

Pricing and availability

Nokia 5

A stylish smartphone for those on a budget

Look good and save money with the sleek and affordable Nokia 5.

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  • The Nokia 5 retails for $329, but you can currently pick it up for around $250 from retailers like Catch, Officeworks and Harvey Norman.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.2
Display resolution (pixels) 1280 × 720
Pixels per inch (PPI) 282
Processor Snapdragon 430
Height (mm) 149.7
Width (mm) 72.5
Depth (mm) 8.6
Weight (g) 160
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 3
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 425
5.5
720x1280
8GB
MTK 6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 630
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
MT6737M
4.5
854 x 480
8GB
MSM8905
2.45
320 x 240
4GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
2560 x 1440
128GB
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 5.1
MediaTek Helio P18
5.5
1080 x 2160
16GB
N/A
2.4
320 x 240
128MB
Snapdragon 636
5.84
1080 x 2280
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 835
5.3
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 660
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MediaTek Helio P60
5.8
HD+
32GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
5.8
HD+
64GB
Snapdragon 430
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB

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