In March this year, the Nokia 5.3 launched in the European market & after five months, Nokia launched the device in India today. It is a budget offering from the brand & succeeds the Nokia 5.1 Plus which launched in 2018. We didn’t get any Nokia 5.2 last year & this year, Nokia decided to name it “5.3” instead of “5.2”, to keep up with the “dot 3” series of this year.
Anyways, the phone starts at Rs 13,999 in India & in typical Nokia fashion, there isn’t anything that it offers, which is better than phones at this price range. In fact, it seems like an overpriced phone from Nokia if we consider the specs it offers.
Nokia 5.1 Plus of 2018 had a beautiful glass back, but the 5.3 comes with a polycarbonate back with a matte finish. Nokia says that the back is scratch-resistant because there is a textured finish. The phone has a pretty odd looking Quad camera setup & under that is the fingerprint reader.
The power button & the volume rockers are on the right side & there is a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side. There is a USB Type-C port on the bottom.
One of the biggest cons of Nokia 5.3 is its display. There is a 6.55-inch LCD panel with HD+ resolution. Again, the phone starts at Rs 13,999, so a 720p screen is definitely not something we expect at this price. The display has a waterdrop notch on the top inside which is the 8 Megapixel camera.
Under the hood, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with 4/6GB RAM & 64GB internal storage. There is support for up to 512GB microSD card.
So, if the display & the SOC are not that great for the price, the cameras must be, right? Nah! Nokia 5.3 has a below-average Quad camera setup that includes a primary 13 Megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 5 Megapixel ultrawide camera, 2 Megapixel Macro & a 2 Megapixel depth sensor. We don’t think we need to say anything extra to explain the camera situation here.