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Nokia 5.3 review

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Quick Verdict: The Nokia 5.3 continues HMD Global's journey in providing solid Android experiences with the benefits of photographic flexibility.

  • Quad camera is fun
  • Android One for easy updates
  • Dual SIM plus microSD card tray
  • Bulky teardrop notch
  • Fussy fingerprint sensor
  • Slow lens switching

6.55 inches

Display size

720 x 1600px

64GB

Internal storage

13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.55 inches
Resolution
720 x 1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
268 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
MP f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
164.3mm x 76.6mm x 8.5mm
Weight
180g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
4
Operating system
iOS 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 16GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP52
Launch price (RRP)$349
Nokia 5.3

Nokia’s run of good quality phones continues with the Nokia 5.3, although it’s getting increasingly hard to differentiate with so many HMD Global produced, Nokia branded phones to pick from. The Nokia 5.3 stands out thanks to its quad camera array and slightly differentiated design, although its best feature remains HMD Global’s focus on sticking to a clean and simple Android One path.


Design

Design

  • 6.5 inch FHD+ display
  • Fingerprint sensor isn't great
Nokia 5.3

Camera

Camera

  • Quad cameras are fine in their price range
  • Slow lens switching
Nokia 5.3

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 665 plus Android One works well
  • Guaranteed updates is a big plus point
Nokia 5.3

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4,000mAh battery
  • USB C charging
Nokia 5.3

Verdict

Verdict

  • A quality phone for the money
Nokia 5.3
Should you buy it?

The Nokia 5.3 joins a vast array of HMD Global phones that sell primarily on that Android One promise. If that’s all that interests you you’re spoilt for choice, and it’s true also if you look around the alternatives at this price range from makers such as Oppo, realme, Motorola and Alcatel to name just a few. However, those brands do a lot more to the stock Android launcher than Nokia/HMD Global, and while that does sometimes open up new functions, it’s generally at the cost of performance, and definitely at the cost of speedy updates. Within its price class, while it’s a busy old time in the lower-end of the mobile market, the Nokia 5.3 impresses.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP €299.99

Where to buy

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.55 inches
Resolution
720 x 1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
268 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
MP f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
164.3mm x 76.6mm x 8.5mm
Weight
180g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
4
Operating system
iOS 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 16GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP52

Images: Alex Kidman

Note: We tested the Australian version of this product which is identical to the global model.

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