HMD Global has begun its preparation for festivities in India and thus, launched four new products together on a single day. It includes two smartphones, Nokia 5.3 and Nokia C3, and two feature phones in the form of a Nokia 150 and Nokia 125. The prices of this diverse range vary from Rs 1,999 to a high of Rs 15,499. Today, I am here to give you a glimpse of Nokia 5.3 which is being launched in two versions of 4GB/64GB and 6GB/64GB starting at Rs 13,999. The smartphone will be available for sale from September 1 on Amazon.
HMD Global has maintained its trademark matte design which is easy to grip and maneuver in Nokia 5.3. The smartphone looks premium upfront and sleek as well. The circular camera module at the back is also retained in 5.3 which looks like a human face with the flash in between. Just beneath it lies the fingerprint scanner which is strange to have at this time when companies are bombarding us with in-display scanners. Nokia’s branding is also present on the back. There’s a dedicated Google Assistant button too like always the case with Nokia smartphones. The smartphone uses a Type-C port for charging. The smartphone is lightweight too.
The Finnish company has used the dewdrop display 6.55-inch HD+ display in Nokia 5.3 which is also weird because most of the companies are shipping their smartphones with FHD+ display and a 90Hz refresh rate, not the case with Nokia 5.3. The resolution stands at 1600×720 which is also decent, to say the least.
HMD Global has used Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 mobile platform in Nokia 5.3. The chipset is tried and tested among the budget segment smartphones. It supports daily causes and bit of gaming and editing support too. The phone uses Android 10 and also promises two more updates from Google. Nokia 5.3 is a part of the Android One program too. The processor will need further testing under various circumstances which we will publish in the full review of the Nokia 5.3.
HMD Global targets the camera buyers with Nokia 5.3 as it houses a quad-rear camera setup. The smartphone has a configuration of 13MP f/1.8+5MP ultra-wide-angle (118°) + 2MP macro+ 2MP depth sensor. So, you can pretty much assume that HMD is trying to capitalise on the photography or the camera-friendly audiences with it. The company claims that low-light photography is going to enhance with Nokia 5.3. We will talk about it in detail later. The smartphone has a macro and a wide-angle lens to capture most of the detailing out there. The Nokia 5.3 sports an 8MP selfie lens with f/2.0.
Nokia 5.3 gets a 4,000mAh battery support. The smartphone is being provided with a Type-C charging port. The battery looks ample on paper but with time, have to analyse its power retaining capacity and also when put to gaming, video calling, and music playback. HMD could have added a 20W charger in order to adapt itself with the growing demands of fast charging.
Nokia 5.3 looks a subtle yet stylish smartphone packed with a quad-rear camera and a good chipset for a holistic performance. Meanwhile, we found display resolution below par as what’s being offered in the market. There are other areas of improvement too such as an in-display fingerprint scanner, punch hole display, and a fast charger. These are just a few initial findings of Nokia 5.3, stay tuned for the full-fledged review soon.