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Nokia 5
Nokia 5
Nokia 5
Nokia 5

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.

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
Operating system
1.4 GHz
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP, f/2
13+ MP, f/2
3000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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

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
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
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
Android Authority

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

- Adam Sinicki, Android Authority

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Common Questions

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

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

1.4 GHz

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


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

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP, f/2 camera.

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

16 GB

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


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

Release Date May 31, 2017
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
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 Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.80 W/kg
Body: 0.52 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels, f/2
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 / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 282 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Power & Battery
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 (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
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
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA):

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

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