7.4/10
Informr score
The Nokia 5 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Eye-catching, slick design
  • Great hand feel
  • Good battery life
  • Good screen brightness

What's bad

  • Display color muted
  • Noisy low-light pictures
  • Lack of color and poor white balance on images
  • Mediocre performance

Nokia has gone through some changes over the years, but now the brand is back on the market with their latest offering - the Nokia 5.

If you’re hoping for the fun, peppy colors and amazing camera of the Lumia line you’ll be disappointed. With that said, the Nokia 5 has some attractive features for those looking to re-invest in the brand.

Let’s see what it offers!

The Nokia 5 sits between the better quality Nokia 6 and cheaper Nokia 3. Priced for the mid-range market, it doesn’t offer nearly the same bells and whistles as the 6. But it’s also not much cheaper either.

Still, it has some benefits. Critics consider it one of the best-looking phones in its price range. It has an all-metal body and a selection of colors from traditional silver to tempered blue for more variety.

The metal isn’t just for show. Reviewers were very pleased with overall build quality. They couldn’t bend it at all.

While its dimensions are on par with other smartphones, experts found the Nokia 5 much more comfortable in hand thanks to its curved front and back. And, despite being a budget phone, it also comes with a fingerprint scanner for an additional layer of security.

All budget phones have to make concessions to achieve a low price tag. The Nokia 5 is no exception. So where did it skimp? The screen. The 5.2 inch HD (720p) IPS display is passable. But its muted colors and lack of detail didn’t wow reviewers.

Still, they add it provides excellent viewing angles and good sunlight legibility. If you’re looking to use this to view a lot of media, they suggest finding a phone with a full HD panel.

Performance didn’t impress anyone either. However, the 1.4GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM got the job done. Reviewers didn’t run into issues, even when multitasking. Unfortunately, they noticed lag when browsing image heavy web pages and gaming. Still for average use, it worked well enough.

While the performance might not be a drawback for many, internal storage might. It only comes with 16GB of storage though you can upgrade to 128GB with a microSD.

Battery life gets the same middle-ground opinion. The Nokia 5 neither excels nor fails. It lasted most critics around a full day using 4G, watching videos, playing games and just browsing the web. All on a 3,000mAh battery. It does not, however, come with fast charge. So be prepared to wait awhile on top-ups.

On paper, the 13MP camera sounds promising. In good lighting situations, reviewers could get sharp images. But they noticed colors weren’t very bold and the white balance was often unreliable. Add in noisy low-light shots and most considered the camera slightly below average. Android Authority adds, “... you’ll want to take another camera with you on holiday.”

In general, experts recommend the Nokia 5 for those on a tight budget. ZDNet states, “Nokia has delivered a reasonably competitive mid-range handset…” CNET adds, “If you want a decent all-round phone to tackle all your everyday essentials and you want some cash left over then the Nokia 5 is well worth your time.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Ausdroid

Though underpowered the selling point of stock Android with fast and timely security and feature updates is quite attractive for the entire Nokia range.

- Alex Dennis, Ausdroid
Ausdroid

The value you’ll get from Google Home Mini, like Google Home, depends on how well the Assistant fits into your lifestyle. A lot of that comes down to feature support from Google and developer support from third parties.

- Jason Murray, Ausdroid
Tech Advisor

We’ve long been lovers of the Moto G series for the top pick in the budget Android category, but the Nokia 5 knocks it off the top spot. With a better camera, better performance and a stunning design, we are blown away by the low price tag offered here.

- Ashleigh Macro, Tech Advisor
Expert Reviews

The Nokia 5 is an attractive phone, but it lacks a standout feature that would justify choosing it over other phones in this price range. Its biggest strength is the extremely bright screen, and its impressive battery life, but that’s not enough to swing the deal.

- Christopher Minasians, Expert Reviews
Android Authority

The Nokia 5 is for those people to whom looks matter more than specs and performance.

- Adam Sinicki, Android Authority


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Nokia released the 5 on May 31, 2017.


The 5 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Nokia 5 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 5 user manual here.


Nokia backs up the 5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 5 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.2"

The Nokia 5's screen size is 5.2 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 737 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nokia 5 Specs

Overview
Release date May 31, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.80 W/kg
Body: 0.52 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 772 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 737 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Tempered Blue, Silver, Matte Black, Copper
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 160 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 282 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

Also available in dual-SIM variant.
3 GB of RAM variant also available.

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Critic Reviews


Ausdroid

Not a bad start Nokia

from Ausdroid

Though underpowered the selling point of stock Android with fast and timely security and feature updates is quite attractive for the entire Nokia range.

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Though underpowered the selling point of stock Android with fast and timely security and feature updates is quite attractive for the entire Nokia range.

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Ausdroid

A small outlay to get in on the action

from Ausdroid

The value you’ll get from Google Home Mini, like Google Home, depends on how well the Assistant fits into your lifestyle. A lot of that comes down to feature support from Google and developer support from third parties.

Read full review

The value you’ll get from Google Home Mini, like Google Home, depends on how well the Assistant fits into your lifestyle. A lot of that comes down to feature support from Google and developer support from third parties.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Gorgeous design and good specs come at a surprisingly low price

from Tech Advisor

We’ve long been lovers of the Moto G series for the top pick in the budget Android category, but the Nokia 5 knocks it off the top spot. With a better camera, better performance and a stunning design, we are blown away by the low price tag offered here.

Read full review

We’ve long been lovers of the Moto G series for the top pick in the budget Android category, but the Nokia 5 knocks it off the top spot. With a better camera, better performance and a stunning design, we are blown away by the low price tag offered here.

Read full review

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Expert Reviews

Good build quality, a bright display and snappy performance

from Expert Reviews

The Nokia 5 is an attractive phone, but it lacks a standout feature that would justify choosing it over other phones in this price range. Its biggest strength is the extremely bright screen, and its impressive battery life, but that’s not enough to swing the deal.

Read full review

The Nokia 5 is an attractive phone, but it lacks a standout feature that would justify choosing it over other phones in this price range. Its biggest strength is the extremely bright screen, and its impressive battery life, but that’s not enough to swing the deal.

Read full review

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Android Authority

Beauty is only skin deep

from Android Authority

The Nokia 5 is a good choice if you care mainly about looks and don't want to spend an arm and a leg. However, if you care about performance, you should probably look elsewhere.

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The Nokia 5 is a good choice if you care mainly about looks and don't want to spend an arm and a leg. However, if you care about performance, you should probably look elsewhere.

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Notebookcheck

Succeeds in more places than it fails in

from Notebookcheck

You cannot expect much from a smartphone listed for 200 Euros (~$236), can you? The Nokia 5 proves exactly the opposite, offering quite a bit in terms of features and performance. You are getting a quite fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, a very bright HD display, LTE Cat.4 covering a wi...More

You cannot expect much from a smartphone listed for 200 Euros (~$236), can you? The Nokia 5 proves exactly the opposite, offering quite a bit in terms of features and performance. You are getting a quite fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, a very bright HD display, LTE Cat.4 covering a wide range of frequency bands, and a good 13-MP camera. The current Android 7.1 version, a long battery life, and the stylish aluminum case including a fingerprint sensor also speak for the Nokia 5.

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PhoneArena

Great design and build quality but performance is underwhelming

from PhoneArena

All things considered, the Nokia 5 is a pretty smartphone that comes with a clean and up-to-date software, but ultimately disappoints in terms of performance. Some people will undoubtedly find it – as well as its €190 ($222) price tag – appealing, but it certainly isn't the best budget phone on the market.

Read full review

All things considered, the Nokia 5 is a pretty smartphone that comes with a clean and up-to-date software, but ultimately disappoints in terms of performance. Some people will undoubtedly find it – as well as its €190 ($222) price tag – appealing, but it certainly isn't the best budget phone on the market.

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Recombu

Slick design, flawed performance

from Recombu

The Nokia 5 certainly gives a good first impression, with its shiny metal unibody, nostalgic design and low asking price. Boot it up and you’re presented with a clean version of Android Nougat, along with expandable storage for filling the phone with your apps and media collection. You even...More

The Nokia 5 certainly gives a good first impression, with its shiny metal unibody, nostalgic design and low asking price. Boot it up and you’re presented with a clean version of Android Nougat, along with expandable storage for filling the phone with your apps and media collection. You even get full fingerprint security and NFC support for contactless payments.

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GSMArena

Numb3r5 don't lie

An affordable vanilla droid with solid build, great battery life, bright display, and camera output that won't leave you embarrassed - that would have been enough to seal the deal for any smartphone. This one? This one can claim all of the above, but adds something even sweeter - a Nokia badge. Yes, we kinda fancy the Nokia 5.

Read full review

An affordable vanilla droid with solid build, great battery life, bright display, and camera output that won't leave you embarrassed - that would have been enough to seal the deal for any smartphone. This one? This one can claim all of the above, but adds something even sweeter - a Nokia badge. Yes, we kinda fancy the Nokia 5.

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Cnet

Great for everyday essentials

from Cnet

With a neat design, a low price and power enough for the essentials, the Nokia 5 is budget Android done well.

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With a neat design, a low price and power enough for the essentials, the Nokia 5 is budget Android done well.

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