Nokia 5

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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 3310 (page 28) as well as three midrange 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.


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. And when it does ar­rive, the Nokia 5 will be priced at €189, 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.


The Nokia 5 has a 5.2in IPS HD dis­play within a neat, com­pact body (149.7x72.5x8.05mm) that’s 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.


We’ve al­ready men­tioned the 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 1280x720 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 phone 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.

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 spec­i­fi­ca­tions.


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’. 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.


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 over com­pli­cat­ing it with any sort of over­lay. We ex­pect that it could be­come a re­ally pop­u­lar choice for any­one in the mar­ket for a mid-range phone, and a strong con­tender for the Moto G5. Ash­leigh Macro


• 5.2in (1280x720, 282ppi) IPS touch­screen • An­droid 7.1.1 Nougat • 1.4GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 430 CPU • Adreno GPU • 2GB RAM • 16GB stor­age • Mi­croSD up to 256GB • 13Mp main cam­era, dual-LED flash • 8Mp front cam­era • Blue­tooth 4.1 4G LTE • GPS • NFC • Fin­ger­print scan­ner • FM ra­dio • 3000mAh non-re­mov­able bat­tery • 149.7x72.5x8.05mm

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