Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A21s (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM)!

Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy A21s (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
31.6
28.9
Value for Money Score
71.9
64.3
Price ₹ 12,499 onwards ₹ 14,997 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2020 Jun, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.55 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD TFT LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 850Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G52
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree Field-of-view; Ultra-wide Lens; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture f/2.2 Aperture; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 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 8.5 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 185 gmMedium 192 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 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 Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Looks sleek and eye-catching with its iridescent finish - the plastic back has this rainbow-like effect
  • The front looks trendy with minimal screen bezels and an unobtrusive hole-punch in the top-left corner
  • Samsung has gotten the software part on point with its recent launches, with it's new One UI, that's now one of the better, more streamlined Android skins around - it's especially well suited for big displays like this, packs an intuitive gesture navigation system, and other useful things like a convenient 'dark mode'
  • Good quadruple-camera array - a primary 48MP lens, supported by an 8MP ultra-wide angle unit, 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The Galaxy A21s manages to take a pretty good picture from the primary camera - it produces wonderfully detail-rich images with plenty of vibrancy
  • Live Focus mode (portrait mode) allows adjusting the level of blur either before, or after, you press the shutter button, and the results are good
  • Macro mode is also a lot of fun - it captures some crisp closeups
  • Excellent battery life with the 5000 mAh cell - combined with a low-res screen and a power-efficient CPU, it would easily last you for 2 days of moderate use
  • Supports 15W fast charging
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Average 6.5-inch TFT LCD - the HD resolution is rather low for a phone at this price, and the colour reproduction isn't great
  • The Galaxy A21s is powered by Samsung's new Exynos 850 chipset, which gets things done and that's about it - it doesn't compete with the powerful processor other phones offer and heavy games are a no go
  • Overall, the Galaxy A21s has quite capable cameras, though they aren't the class-leading
  • On the whole, while the Galaxy A21s is a fashionable choice for the price bracket, and does exceptionally well with battery life and a decent set of cameras - however, it falls a bit behind in terms of performance and display - you will find better all-round options from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Motorola
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  18. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Galaxy A21s seems like a reasonable offer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly smartphone with solid battery life and a big display, the Galaxy A21s might be a good candidate for you
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy A21s manages to exceed expectations, but the competition is tough
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  4. Stellar battery life and a nice enough design are pitched into a package that lacks power and doesn't have a great display
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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