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Nokia 5 3GB RAM Variant Launched in India; Price, Specifications and Author’s Opinions

Story Highlights
  • Nokia 5 3GB RAM variant price in India is Rs. 13,499
  • It will go on sale initially via Flipkart, before offline availability
  • Apart from RAM, new variant is otherwise identical to the original

After launching the Nokia 5 in India in June, and then finally making it available to buy in August, HMD Global on Monday announced a new 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone for the country. To recall, the original variant featured 2GB of RAM, and was priced at Rs. 12,499. The company recently made headlines in the country with the global launch of the Nokia 2 here. The cheapest Android smartphone from HMD Global yet, the Nokia 2 will be available to buy in India from mid-November, the company said.

Top Highlights of Smartphone: 3GB RAM of Nokia 5

Nokia 5 3GB RAM Variant Price and Release date

Nokia 5 3GB RAM variant price in India is Rs. 13,499 (‘best buy’ price). The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart for one week starting Tuesday, November 7. The online retailer is currently listing a Jio-Nokia Additional Data offer on the smartphone, promising 5GB of extra 4G data on every recharge of Rs. 309 or above, limited to 10 recharges till August 31, 2018.

After this online exclusivity period, on November 14, the Nokia 5 will become available to buy via select retail outlets across the country. The variant will be stocked in Matte Black and Tempered Blue colour, HMD Global said in an emailed statement. To recall, the original had been launched in Copper and Silver colours additionally.Nokia 5 3GB Variant


Nokia 5 3GB RAM Variant Specifications and Features

Apart from RAM, the Nokia 5 3GB RAM variant is identical to the original 2GB RAM model. To refresh on the Nokia 5 specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with a promised upgrade to Android Oreo. It sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

The Nokia 5 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone flash. On the front, it has an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field-of-view. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

nokia 5 3gb variant

Connectivity options on the Nokia 5 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, FM radio with RDS, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery that’s non-removable, and measures 149.7×72.5×8.05 excluding the camera bump – which takes it up to 8.55mm.


Author’s Opinions

With the Nokia 5 3GB Variant, HMD Global has gone back to the basics, and the mainstays of the device are the stock Android software and solid build quality. However, the smartphone lacks in other critical departments. Performance is sub-par for its category – the Snapdragon 430 SoC and 3GB RAM, even with the no-frills interface, are just not enough to ensure a lag-free user experience. The cameras are nothing to write home about either. At Rs 13,499, the Nokia 5 has a fair bit of competition from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi A1 and Moto G5S – all capable devices that demand little compromise at their prices. The Nokia 5 should be on your shortlist if you’re interested in a pure Android interface with timely security patches and updates, but if a powerful daily driver is more suitable, I’d advise you to look elsewhere.

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Shubham Mishra

Founder and Chief Editor at PaidFreeDroid. Shubham likes to keep on top of the tech world and loves to help people around him who face day to day trouble with technology.

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