The Nokia 5.3 is one of the four latest Nokia smartphones recently launched by HMD Global as it expands its mobile phone portfolio and its services, having also recently ventured into a roaming data service referred to as HMD Connect. HMD Global is widening its campaign, with an upcoming expansion in Brazil and a movie partnership – the 25th 007 James Bond movie to be released in November this year.
A mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 5.3 is the latest iteration of the Nokia 5.1 launched in 2018. While no reason was made clear as to why it is being referred to as the Nokia 5.3 instead of the Nokia 5.2, this latest handset definitely packs a lot of impressive new upgrades over the previous model.
About the Nokia 5.3
The recently unveiled Nokia 5.3 has a big 6.55-inch HD+ 720p x 1,600p IPS LCD display with 268ppi pixel density, 20:9 aspect ratio and 450nits of typical brightness. Although not as high-res as other display panels out there, the handset is still competitive in its price segment, and this display specification is decent enough for a good viewing experience.
On the rear chassis of this Nokia smartphone is a charmingly designed circular island on which a quad camera array sits. A wide 13MP f/1.8-aperture sensor serves as the main camera, complemented by a 5MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth-sensing lens. This camera set has AI support for better shots even in a dark environment or at night. HDR and panoramic modes are also supported.
An 8MP f/2.0 wide camera sits in front to support selfie shots.
The Nokia 5.3 also comes equipped with an LED flash and can shoot videos of up to 1080p at 30fps.
Processor, Memory and Storage
Inside the Nokia 5.3's attractive chassis is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, which is known to boost the chipset maker's 3rd-generation AI Engine to enhance mobile features such as better performance for camera, security and gaming features. This SoC is made up of an 11nm octa-core CPU and an Adreno 610 GPU.
The Nokia 5.3 is offered in three memory variants, with 64GB as the standard internal storage capacity across all variants. The base model sports 3GB of RAM, the middle range 4GB, and the top range 6GB.
Internal storage is expandable via microSD card, which has a dedicated slot in the handset. It supports Embedded MultiMedia Card (eMMC) 5.1.
A long-lasting 4,000mAh battery juices up the Nokia 5.3. Sadly, no fast charging technology is available with the device.
The Nokia 5.3 tips the scales at 185g and measures 6.47 inches tall, 3.02 inches wide and 0.33 inches thick. Its frame and back cover are all made of plastic, but its front is Gorilla Glass 3 protected.
It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, right below the camera island, and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side.
It has an attractive, stylish design that is available in three color variants: Sand, Cyan and Charcoal.
OS, Network and Connectivity
All Nokia phones run pure Android OS, and the Nokia 5.3 runs the latest Android 10 OS.
It supports GSM, HSPA and LTE bandwidths, with either a single Nano SIM or dual Nano SIM on dual standby call support.
The Nokia 5.3 connects via a reversible Type-C 1.0 cable and supports USB OTG. In addition, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and GPS are all supported. A 3.5mm headphone jack allows for private audio listening, and the handset comes with an FM radio, to boot.
Nokia 5.3 Key Specifications
|Display Size||6.55 inches|
|Display Resolution||HD+ 720 x 1600 pixels|
|OS ver||Android 10, Android One|
|CPU||Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Octa-core|
|CPU Speed||4x 2.0GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Silver|
|External Storage||microSD, up to 512GB|
|RAM||3GB, 4GB, 6GB|
|Main Camera||13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP|
|Battery||Non-removable, Li-Po 4,000mAh Charging 10W|
|Dimensions||164.3 x 76.6 x 8.5 mm|
|Color||Charcoal, Sand, Cyan|
Pros and Cons
- Big 6.55 screen with 450 nits of brightness
- Storage is expandable via microSDXC
- Has the latest Android 10 OS
- Has a huge 4,000mAh battery
- AI-supported quad camera
- Has a dedicated Google Assistant button
- Fast RAM capacity for all variants
- HD+ resolution only
- Durability is low because it is made mostly of plastic
- Does not support fast charging
Pricing and Release Date
Announced recently, the handset is expected to be out in the market in April 2020, with an official price of EUR 180 (around PHP 10,400). Already listed on Nokia India's official website, the handset is most likely coming to South Asian countries soon. Unfortunately, Nokia Philippines is yet to make an announcement on when the new Nokia 5.3 will be available locally.
- Images from nokia.com