Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM)  +1 variation

price₹ 12,499 onwards

launchSep, 2020

32.1

excellence score

72.5

value for money score

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • Decent 6.55-in IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution - colour reproduction is good and so are the viewing angles
  • Most competing phones offer an FHD+ panel at the price, which the Nokia 5.3 is lacking

Software

  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by at least 2 years of guaranteed updates

Performance

  • 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)
  • Nokia 5.3 could use some more power, the competition offers better SOCs at this price

Camera

  • 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
  • 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

Battery

  • Good battery life from the 4000 mAh battery - you will get a full day of battery life out of it
  • No fast charging - charging the phone completely takes close to two hours

Verdict

  • 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

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  3. Recommended for the design and the Android experience that the smartphone has to offer
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Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.55 inches
Screen Resolution720x1600 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • 16M colors
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Accelerometer
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 610
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight185 gmMedium
Thickness8.5 mmMedium
Width76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.0 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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