Nokia 5 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Nokia 5 is arguably the best of the relaunched Nokia phones, but unless the Nokia name entices you, you'll want to consider your options carefully before laying down your cash.

5.2 inches

Display size

720 x 1280px

16GB

Internal storage

13 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.2 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 282
Rear camera megapixels 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.0
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 149.7mm x 72.5mm x 8.6mm
Weight 160g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Snapdragon 430
RAM 3GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

16GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$329
Launch date2017-07
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'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.
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Camera

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

Nokia 5 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.2 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 282
Rear camera megapixels 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.0
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 149.7mm x 72.5mm x 8.6mm
Weight 160g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Snapdragon 430
RAM 3GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

16GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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