/Nokia 5.3 Review: A Clean and Sober Budget Smartphone

Nokia 5.3 Review: A Clean and Sober Budget Smartphone

Nokia-5.3

HMD Global has consolidated its entry into the budget range section in the Indian smartphone market with the launch of its latest smartphone Nokia 5.3.  The competition for the newly launched Nokia 5.3 will be really tough as the budget range is dominated by players like Realme, Redmi, Vivo, OPPO, etc. In this review, we will be looking into detail about all the features which the Nokia 5.3 has to offer, and whether it can leave a mark in the budget range or not.

Design

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The new Nokia 5.3 maintains the hereditary resemblance to the previously launched from HMD Global smartphones. The body of the phone is carved out of glass and plastic with matte body color. The body weight is also very reasonable and it fits the palm quite comfortably and the curved edges allow easy grip. The rear body is having a circular frame consisting of the quad-camera setup which is placed in such a manner surrounding the LED flash in middle and just below the circular frame lies the physical fingerprint sensor which works quite quickly and accurately. The front fascia of the phone is dominated the large screen which consists of dewdrop notch. The top of the phone holds a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bottom is having a USB-C charging port and speaker grille. On the left side lies a Google Assistant button and a dual-SIM tray and a dedicated micro SD card slot, and on the right side the power button and the volume rocker. The screen of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There is no mention of IP rating so it leaves the phone vulnerable to moist and water splashes.

Display

Nokia 5.3 comes with a display size of 6.55 inches and the screen type is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors.  The screen resolution is of 720×1600 pixels and has an aspect ratio of 20:9. The screen is quite spacious to carry out any task with ease be it playing games or watching movies. The colors produced on-screen are bright and punchy and the viewing angles are very wide.  The brightness level is 450 nits and you can view the screen comfortably even under the bright daylight when adjusted to the maximum brightness level. HMD has missed an opportunity to add an FHD+ screen and 90Hz refresh rate in Nokia 5.3 which would have been very beneficial for the smartphone to compete.

Cameras

The Nokia 5.3 features a 13MP primary wide lens with an aperture of f/1.8, a 5MP ultra-wide secondary lens. The third sensor is a 2MP macro sensor, and the fourth sensor is a 2MP depth sensor.  The company has upped its camera level and with the Nokia 5.3, the company is eyeing to attract the camera lovers. The images captured in the daytime were very good as the images were very detailed and maintained a good level of color saturation. The images though sometimes get overexposed but most of the time detailing was on point. The ultra-wide lens does a quite good job as it managed to take into account every fine detail with quite a good level of accuracy.  With the macro lens though you might find little hard to capture a balanced and detailed shot still you can capture an average quality of the image. The low lighting photography is very good and the images captured were maintained a very good amount of details and enabling the Night mode adds the crisp aspect to the images captured. The increase in resolution though adds the graining and noise effects. The new Nokia 5.3 can capture videos from its rear sensors in 4K at 30fps and in 1080p at 30fps. The stability of the videos is hit and miss so you have to put extra effort while filming any videos. The selfie camera is of 8MP with an aperture of f/2.0.  It is a pretty decent shooter in good light and takes into account all the details. Color quality is good, field depth is spot-on and even context information is good. The selfies do not get over softened and the selfies maintained the essence of originality in it. The selfie sensor is a real treat for selfie lovers. In low light, the quality of the selfies does take a toll as we can find some amount of noise effects.

Platform

The Nokia 5.3 is part of the Android One system which means it’s coming with an Android 10 stock version. Android One also ensures that the update to Android 11 later this year will make Nokia 5.3 one of the first phones to use that. Nokia 5.3 runs one of the fast working processors under the price range in which it falls. The processor on the board is Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC processor which has eight cores where four cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold and four cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver. The processor easily handles day to day tasks and multitasking was very smooth as well. We did not come across any lag while testing the ability of the processor and under such price range; Nokia 5.3 is surely one of the best performing phones. The gaming experience on New Nokia 5.3 is very good as well. We tried the phone with PUBG for over an hour, and during gameplay, we didn’t encounter any missed frames or latency. Our Asphalt 8 experience was almost the same story which was short load times and stutter-free gameplay. The variant which we got to review possess 6GB RAM which assists the processor very efficiently. The internal storage is 64GB which is expandable in nature as there is a dedicated slot to expand it.

Battery

Nokia over the decades was also famous for its long-lasting battery life and the new Nokia 5.3 carries the same genes as well, as it has a 4,000mAh battery power. We tested the longevity of the battery and found out that it can last a day quite easily after hours of gaming, browsing, watching movies, etc. with a single full charge.  Due to the plastic body while charging you might notice some increase in body heat. Nokia 5.3 has a 10W charger which is not a Fast charger but still it has an average charging speed which charges the battery rapidly.

Conclusion

Nokia 5.3 mainly targets camera-centric buyers with its quad-rear lens under 15K. The smartphone looks sober yet elegant, performance is good on all the fronts whether routine tasks or gaming and is supported by a day-long battery life on moderate usage. The rear cameras have some interesting features such as good low-light photography and detailed macro shots to experience. Priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant, Nokia 5.3 offers a fair deal, if you’re not interested in buying a Chinese-origin smartphone which is available in abundance.

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Haider is an avid writer on technology who loves to try new innovations. He holds a degree in English Journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. Besides that, he likes to travel and explore new places.

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