Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 2.3, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM)!

Nokia 2.3  Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM) 
Nokia 2.3 Nokia 5.3
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Excellence Score
19.8
32.1
Value for Money Score
63.6
72.5
Price ₹ 8,549 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.55 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Always-on display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio A22Ranked #104 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 610
RAM 2 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 13 MP: f/1.8 aperture; PDAF, 5 MP: 13mm Focal Length; Ultra Wide, 2 MP: Macro, 2 MP: Depth Sensor, LED flash, HDR, panorama
Secondary Camera 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.4 Aperture f/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.68 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 183 gmMedium 185 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Dedicated Google Assistant Button; One year replacement warranty NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks trendy with thin-bezel, tear-drop notch design
  • Solid build with a roughened plastic shell
  • The smartphone feels quite handy
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Reliable Face Unlock
  • Bright, large 6.2-inch IPS panel
  • The best part about Nokia's phones remains the clean, stock Android One experience with the promise of regular software updates for up to two years
  • Decent smooth system performance, given that it's backed by the entry level MediaTek Helio A22
  • Decent dual rear cameras - 13MP primary + 2MP depth sensor
  • Primary camera does a decent job in good lighting conditions - photos are illuminated homogeneously
  • The front camera delivers decent pictures in daylight (though the portrait mode does tend to overdo it a bit)
  • The Nokia 2.3 achieves really good runtime with its 4000 mAh battery, you'll easily get two days of battery with it
  • Overall, if you're looking for a smartphone with long battery life and Android One for little money, the Nokia 2.3 does the job
  • The Nokia 5.3 is a looker, with its sleek and nearly premium design - the polycarbonate back has a matte finish, that gives it a good grip
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back of the Nokia 5.3 is responsive and works fine
  • The Nokia 5.3 also has a dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Decent 6.55-in IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution - colour reproduction is good and so are the viewing angles
  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by at least 2 years of guaranteed updates
  • Decent performer powered by the Snapdragon 665 SOC - it handles regular day-to-day usage with ease, calling, messaging, and social media apps are not an issue, and you can multitask between them quite easily - you can also run some heavy games like PUBG Mobile in its lower setting (though, this phone is not recommended for gamers)
  • Portrait shots taken with the Nokia 5.3 have good edge detection, and the camera app does let you set the level of blur before taking a shot
  • Selfies taken with the 8MP camera are decent in daylight and it does give you the option to take portraits - In low light, there is a slight dip in quality but it is still decent
  • Good battery life from the 4000 mAh battery - you will get a full day of battery life out of it
  • The competitions beats the Nokia 5.3 at every spec it has to offer, except the software experience and the guarantee to get updates for few years, but that can't be the only reason to buy this phone - If you are a heavy user or are looking to play a lot of games, you might want to consider more powerful and similarly priced alternatives such as the Realme 6i and the Redmi Note 9 Pro
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • There's a minor flickering at low brightness
  • However, this is clearly not a gaming phone - there is lag while loading simple games and more demanding titles are hard to think of
  • Most of the competition in this price range will now give much better SoCs
  • The loudspeaker sounds a bit thin and tinny in everyday use
  • However, there are better options available from Xiaomi & Realme at this price which offer better performance and even better battery life
  • Most competing phones offer an FHD+ panel at the price, which the Nokia 5.3 is lacking
  • Nokia 5.3 could use some more power, the competition offers better SOCs at this price
  • Average quad-camera setup - a 13MP primary camera, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, photos lacked dynamic range and fine grain was visible in the output on zooming in
  • Shots taken with the wide-angle camera are of a lower resolution, and these too are grainy
  • The macro camera is strictly average, and the subject needs to be well lit for shots to come out looking decent
  • Low-light shots are below average and do not have good detail - switching on Night mode improved brightness and sharpness, but photos remain grainy
  • The camera performance of the Nokia 5.3 isn't very good overall, and you can get better results from other phones at this price level
  • No fast charging - charging the phone completely takes close to two hours
Expert Reviews
  1. If you are looking for a cheap smartphone with Android One, you will hardly be able to get past the Nokia 2.3
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  2. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. It isn't the strongest performer right now, and will fall further behind as other companies launch newer models
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The phone doesn’t impress with its hardware
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Recommended for the design and the Android experience that the smartphone has to offer
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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