Nokia 5 hands-on review

You’d be forgiven for wondering who HMD Global is, but at MWC 2017 the company made a huge splash by launching four new phones with the Nokia brand: the wonderfully nostalgic Nokia 3310 as well as three mid-range Android phones with excellent price tags. The three mid-range phones are the first Android Nokia phones ever, and we spent some time with them on the show floor to find out whether they’re worth buying. Here, we take a closer look at the Nokia 5, the phone that sits in the middle of the new range in terms of size, specs and price, in our Nokia 5 hands-on review. 

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Nokia 5 review: Price & availability 

So far, all we know about the Nokia 5’s release date is that it’s expected to launch in Q2, which could mean there are a few months to wait yet. We’ll update you on the Nokia Android phones release date here. And when it does arrive, the Nokia 5 will be priced at 189 Euros, which should work out at around £160. That’s a brilliant price for a mid-range smartphone and sits it firmly alongside the new Moto G5 which is priced at £169. 

See also: Nokia 3 review

Nokia 5 review: Design & build

The Nokia 5 has a 5.2in IPS HD display within a neat, compact body (149.7 x 72.5 x 8.05mm) thats smooth, sleek and comfortable to hold thanks to rounded edges. It’s made from a single block of 6000 series aluminium for a premium finish, and uses Gorilla Glass to add durability to the display.

The Nokia 5 will be available in Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue or Copper. We particularly like the blue option, but think that all four colours look gorgeous. Consider us impressed.

Nokia 5 review: Hardware features & specs 

We’ve already mentioned the Nokia 5’s 5.2in display, which looks gorgeous with tiny bezels and seems to blend right into the chassis. Its downfall though is that its display’s resolution isn’t as high as we’d have liked at 1280 x 720 HD. It was still vivid and bright, but when compared with the likes of the Moto G5’s Full HD offering on a phone with the same price tag it’s a bit of a shame that the Nokia 5 misses out.

Inside the Nokia 5 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, which is the same one you’ll find inside the Nokia 6 as well as the Moto G5. That’s paired with Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB RAM. We’ll have to hold off on our final verdict about the Nokia 5’s performance until we’ve put it through its paces in our benchmark tests, but we expect it to cope with launching apps and switching between apps perfectly well, while struggling a bit with more heavy-duty multitasking or gaming.

There’s 16GB internal memory with support for up to 128GB extra via MicroSD.

When it comes to cameras, the Nokia 5 has a 13Mp camera on the rear with a dual tone flash, while the front-facing camera offers 8MP for selfies. We’ll be testing the Nokia 5’s camera against its siblings and mid-range rivals to see how it compares.

There’s a non-removable 3000mAh battery that charges via Micro USB and you’ll also find Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, LTE 4G, among its connectivity specs. 

Nokia 5 review: Software

All three of the new Nokia Android phones ship with Android Nougat 7.1.1 and HMD Global has chosen to go for simplicity with what it calls “Pure Android”. Essentially, you’ll get stock Android without any fancy bells or whistles, which will appeal to fans of vanilla Android like us. Google Assistant is included, and HMD Global has promised regular updates to the software too.

Nokia 5: Specs

  • Android Nougat 7.1 5.2in 1280x720 IPS touchscreen 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor 2GB RAM 16GB storage 13MP main camera, dual-LED flash 8MP front camera Bluetooth 4.1 4G LTE GPS NFC 3000 Ah non-removable battery 149.7x72.5x8.05mm
  • Android Nougat 7.1 5.2in 1280x720 IPS touchscreen 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor 2GB RAM 16GB storage 13MP main camera, dual-LED flash 8MP front camera Bluetooth 4.1 4G LTE GPS NFC 3000 Ah non-removable battery 149.7x72.5x8.05mm

OUR VERDICT

We’re impressed by the Nokia 5, particularly when considering the price tag. It’s good-looking with decent specs and we love addition of Android without overcomplicating it with any sort of overlay. We expect the Nokia 5 could become a really popular choice for anyone in the market for a mid-range phone, and a strong contender for the Moto G5.

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