After cancelling the previous launch event on July 11th, HMD Global today finally announced the Nokia X5 at an event held in Beijing, China. The Nokia X5 is the company’s second smartphone after the Nokia X6 to come with a notched display.
Nokia X5: Specifications, Features
HMD Global’s latest budget Android smartphone, the Nokia X5 comes with a 5.86-inch sized IPS LCD display featuring a notch at the top, 720 x 1520 HD+ resolution, and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The Nokia X5 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. In the memory department, Nokia X5 comes in two configurations – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. For further expansion, the Nokia X5 includes a Hybrid Dual-SIM slot, similar to the Nokia X6.
In the camera department, Nokia X5 has a 13MP + 5MP dual-camera setup on the back. The primary 13MP sensor is coupled with an f/2.0 aperture lens and has a pixel size of 1.12um. For fast and accurate focus, the sensor comes with phase-detection autofocus technology. The dual-camera setup comes with various AI-powered features as well, letting users capture professional-looking portrait shots. Nokia X5 also comes with a Pro Mode as well in the camera app, allowing advanced users to control settings such as ISO, exposure, white balance, and more. On the front of the handset is an 8MP resolution snapper for selfies and video calls. Another interesting feature is Bothie, which lets users capture images using both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. The front-facing 8MP camera comes with AI-powered Face Unlock feature as well, similar to HMD Global’s other recent launches.
Moving on to connectivity, the Nokia X5 comes with a USB Type-C port, FM radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on is a 3060mAh capacity battery, identical to the Nokia X6. However, the more affordable Nokia X5 does not come with fast charging support.
In terms of software, the smartphone will ship with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box and is guaranteed to receive the Android P update. HMD Global has been quite impressive in delivering regular security updates to its entire range, so we are certainly hopeful that the Nokia X5 will also receive consistent monthly security updates at least for up to two years.
Nokia X5: Price, Availability
The Nokia X5 has been priced at 999 yuan (Rs.10,200 approx.) for the base variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. On the other hand, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the budget Android smartphone has been priced at 1,399 yuan (Rs.14,300 approx.). It will be available in China from major e-commerce players such as Suning.com, JD, and TMall.
Nokia X5: Expected Price in India, Launch Date
While HMD Global hasn’t confirmed the global availability of the Nokia X5 just yet, we expect the smartphone to arrive in India and at least a few other international markets outside China as the Nokia 5.1 Plus sometime later this year. In terms of pricing, the base variant of the Nokia X5 is expected to be priced at somewhere around the Rs.10,000 mark in India. On the other hand, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the smartphone is expected to be priced at under the Rs.15,000 mark. The big question, however, is when the smartphone will come to India. HMD Global is expected to launch the global variant of the X6 tomorrow, two months after the smartphone was launched in China.