Nokia 5.3 review: your Nokia workhorse

Content

  1. Positioning
  2. TECH SPECS
  3. Equipment
  4. Appearance
  5. Case 007
  6. Display
  7. Battery
  8. Camera
  9. Performance
  10. Communication capabilities
  11. Impressions

Positioning

Nokia has a fairly simple concept. The company is trying to produce smartphones on the purest Android possible and, thanks to this, provide them with updates for as long as possible. Nokia 5.3 is no exception. The smartphone will receive updates to Android 11 and Android 12. The smartphone was also marked as Android Enterprise Recommended, that is, it is a good solution for companies that want to buy high-quality smartphones for their employees at a reasonable price. At a price of around 15 thousand rubles, the buyer is offered an excellent device in assembly, materials and software, which will also be supported for a long time.

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This year, Nokia sponsored a new James Bond movie, planned many promotional activities, but COVID-19 disrupted plans. And so agent 007 was supposed to be an additional pleasant touch when buying a device. For example, Nokia 5.3 has a special Kevlar 007 case.

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TECH SPECS
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, 11 nm, Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU, Octa-core CPU up to 2.0 GHz, Adreno 610 GPU graphics
Operating system Android 10
Memory 4 GB LPPDDR4x / 64 GB e-MMC 5.1, dedicated microSD slot
Screen 6.55 inches, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20: 9 ratio, 268 ppi dot density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 450 nits brightness
Battery Li-Po 4000 mAh, charging 10 W
Main camera 13 MP main camera with f / 1.8 aperture
5 MP sensor with 118 degree viewing angle
2 MP sensor for macro photography
2 MP depth sensor
Front camera 8 MP (wide angle)
SIM card 2 Nano-SIM
Network and data transmission GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 GHz + 5.0 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC , USB 2.0 Type-C
SENSORS fingerprint scanner (rear), accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, compass
Other there is an FM radio, a dedicated Google Assistant button, NFC, an LED indicator, a 3.5 mm jack
Materials glass, plastic body and frame
dimensions 164.28 x 76.62 x 8.5 mm, weight 185 g

Equipment

Classic flat box in which:

  • Smartphone
  • 10W charging adapter
  • USB Type-C wire
  • A clip for removing the SIM card tray
  • Documentation
  • Garnish

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The headset is perhaps the only unusual item in the kit. I haven’t seen it for a long time, and I haven’t used it. However, a wired headset is never superfluous and should always be carried with you. She can help out more than once.

Detailed first look at Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

The smartphone itself is initially wrapped in a black film touting the presence of a dedicated button for Google Assistant.

Detailed first look at Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Appearance

  • Front panel: 6,55-inch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, speaker, selfie camera
  • Back panel: camera module, fingerprint scanner
  • Right side: power button, volume rocker
  • Left-hand side: slot for 2 nano-SIM cards and 1 microSD card
  • Upper butt: 3.5 mm jack, microphone
  • Bottom end: speaker, microphone, USB Type-C

When you take a smartphone in hand, it may seem that it has a metal body. It’s not metal, but it’s not plastic either. Nokia itself says that the smartphone is made of composite material, and describes the design with the words “in the Scandinavian style.” Apparently, implying rationality and conciseness.

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The screen is covered with a protective 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone fits perfectly in the hand, it has no sharp edges or corners. It feels like a pebble of the sea.

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Perhaps the main feature is a large notification indicator built into the power button and taking up its entire length. It blinks white lightly.

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Switched off

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Notification light is on

Another unusual element is a separate button for calling up the Google Assistant voice assistant.

Detailed first look at Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Another nice feature is the presence of a separate slot for microSD cards.

Detailed first look at Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

The rest of the design is typical. Screen without holes, but with a cutout. One could say that this design is more typical for 2019, but Nokia has its own style.

Case 007

James Bond chooses Nokia. It will be Nokia that we will see in the hands of 007 when the tape is finally released. For fans and those who simply want to complement their smartphone with a quality case, the company has released a “combat” case 007 Special Edition. The cover is deliberately sharp and rough. As for the material, I will say that, apparently, it is also some kind of composite plastic under Kevlar. The case does not protect from water, but the reinforced ends and corners hint that the smartphone will withstand a fall. I suppose, according to the idea, it should give the smartphone a resemblance to military protected devices. I immediately put on the cover and walked around with it. A handy little thing, and thanks to the ribbed edges, the smartphone will never slip out of your hands. But, of course, with the case, the rather big Nokia 5.3 becomes even bigger. On the Internet, the cover is sold for 1 rubles. A little expensive, but, as you know, there is also an extra charge for the “790-style”. But there is some good news. On the official website of Nokia, the cover is given as a gift when buying a smartphone.

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Display

The Nokia 5.3 has a 6.55-inch display, 720 x 1600 pixels, a 20: 9 ratio, a 268 ppi pixel density, and a promised brightness of 450 nits. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. My measurements of the screen showed a brightness in the region of 430 nits, which, taking into account the errors inevitable when measuring in the laboratory, can be taken as 450 declared nits. In general, this brightness is sufficient to operate a smartphone on a clear day. But it should be noted that this is a threshold value. I would like 500-600 nits.

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The screen settings are typical. When connected to a charger, the smartphone offers to broadcast a screensaver (in the screenshots below, this is a black screen with a clock). You can change the size of fonts, customize the transition to a dark theme.

Battery

The smartphone has a 4 mAh battery. The kit comes with 000W charging. Thus, the time for a full charge is 10 hours and 2 minutes.

In tests, the battery showed the following results:

  • Full brightness YouTube over Wi-Fi 5 GHz – 8 hours
  • Call of Duty Mobile Game (Wi-Fi, Full Bright) – 6.5 Hours
  • Refreshing the page over Wi-Fi 5 GHz, every 15 seconds in the Chrome browser, the maximum brightness is 10 hours and 20 minutes.

In general, standard indicators. It can only be noted that the charging time looks rather long.

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Speaking about the battery, it should be noted that the smartphone really lives for 1.5 – 2 days, as stated in the advertisement. The point is that it has an Adaptive Battery feature that manages applications. The smartphone gives out about 5-6 hours of screen glow. Stretch them for a day or 2 days, that’s up to you.

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Camera

In a smartphone, the main camera consists of 4 modules:

  • 13 MP main camera with f / 1.8 aperture
  • 5 MP sensor with 118 degree viewing angle
  • 2 MP sensor for macro photography
  • 2 MP depth sensor

The interface of the camera is standard, there is artificial intelligence that recognizes scenes, there are filters and beautification effects.

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In terms of design, Nokia is great. The camera module with a flash in the center looks interesting.

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To begin with, an example of shooting with the main and wide-angle cameras.

A few examples of daytime photography. Good image quality. The smartphone, without embellishing, transmits what it sees. Perfect for social networks and instagram.

Shooting selfies and portraits. The smartphone is able to take such pictures with both the main and front cameras. However, the frontal blur is done only by software, while the main camera has a 2 MP module that works as a depth sensor.

An example of the front camera.

An example of a portrait on the main one.

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Nokia 5.3 has a separate 2MP macro camera. Not enough, but you can still take interesting pictures.

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The promotional materials highlight the smartphone’s ability to shoot at night. A sensor with a high sensitivity is provided for shooting in the “Night” mode. The camera takes several pictures in a row with different exposure settings, which are then superimposed on each other – this is how one photo is obtained.

The smartphone allows you to work with the camera and take good photos.

Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 is a well-known chipset. The Nokia 5.3 comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a separate microSD slot. The RAM speed is 5 MB / s.

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In performance tests, the smartphone does not work miracles, but it allows you to play all the games currently available in the application store.

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Main test results.

As always, it’s nice that there is practically no throttling and the processor does not sag under load. However, it should be noted here that the area on the sides of the camera heats up noticeably.

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Communication capabilities

In terms of communication capabilities, the smartphone did not disappoint. Here are both Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5. By the way, this topic is still rarely encountered, but every Wi-Fi network on Nokia 5.3 is subscribed. Here you have Wi-Fi 5, and here Wi-Fi 4. The network description is duplicated on all screens.

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The smartphone has NFC. Can be used for Google Play or topping up a Troika card for public transport.

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I think you remember that the smartphone has the purest Android, that is, it uses a standard dialer from Google. Of course, there are no recordings of conversations in it.

Having a dedicated Google Assistant button is more of a plus. The only downside is that the button can only be disabled in the settings. It cannot be reassigned by standard means. Well, pure Android means that gesture control is still at the minimum level.

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Impressions

If we evaluate the smartphone as a whole, then Nokia turned out to be a fine device. Upgrade to Android 11 and 12, separate memory card slot, NFC, 4-camera system, 6,55-inch large screen. And, of course, the complete absence of non-removable adware applications. As a gift, they will give a little case, like in James Bond.

The competitors are models from Xiaomi, realme and Samsung. I believe that the main competitor is still Samsung A51 at a price of 16 rubles. At a slightly more expensive price, it has a more interesting camera system and a SuperAMOLED screen.

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