The evolution of the Nokia 5 has been quite interesting. HMD Global, for reasons known best to them, decided that Nokia 5 wasn’t good enough, so they released the Nokia 5.1 in February this year. Just a few months after releasing the Nokia 5.1, the Nokia 5.1 Plus made its way to the market. The Nokia X5 (AKA 5.1 Plus) was released earlier in China on July 18, and it went on sale the next day. It is unclear why HMD restricted the device to China only, but it may get its much-awaited international release. At this moment, it is only a speculation based on a Tweet posted by HMD Global’s product manager Juho Sarvikas which reads:
Yeah, I don't think we need to do a poll on this 😉
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) July 18, 2018
Nokia X5: Global Launch
No release date has been mentioned yet, but we can expect the device to hit the Indian market in a few weeks tops. The Nokia X5 is an excellent, well-rounded device that will find success in the Indian market. For its price, the Nokia X5 offers a decent feature set and might be a goto for Stock Android enthusiasts. While their flagships might not be on par with the competition, Nokia has established its presence in the budget and mid-range section. Let’s take a look at what the Nokia X5 brings to the table.
Nokia X5: Specifications, Features
The Nokia comes with a 5.6-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720×1520 (19:9 aspect ratio). For those who are wondering about the odd-looking resolution and aspect ratio, the device has the dreaded notch at the front. There’s no avoiding it at this point, and we might as well get used to it. The aluminium body is sandwiched between two layers of Corning Gorilla glass (version unspecified). A rear-mounted fingerprint scanner sits beneath the primary camera lens. All the new Nokia devices have excellent build quality, and the Nokia X5 will be just as good.
The primary camera on the Nokia X5 is 13+5-megapixel primary sensors with dual-tone LED flash. The 5-megapixel lens is a depth sensor which will enable the device to capture images in Bokeh mode. Video recording is capped at 1080p 60fps, which comes as no surprise, given the device’s price. The secondary camera is a modest 8-megapixels.
At the heart of the Nokia X5 lies an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC paired with an ARM Mali G72-MP3 GPU. The Helio P60 is one of MediaTek’s better SoCs and is capable of performing on par with the Snapdragon 625. The device comes in two variants; one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The internal storage is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.
Lastly, the Nokia X5 is powered by a 3,000mAh Li-pol battery. Other features include 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and a USB Type C port for charging and data transfer. The device will run Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box and is a part of the Android One program. We can even expect an Android P update for it sometime next year.
Nokia X5: Price in India
The pricing for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant is set at a 999 Yuan (roughly 10,000 INR) We can expect the base variant to retail for around Rs. 12,999 and the maxed out variant at around 14,999. The Nokia X5 is a step above its predecessor, sporting a better SoC, dual-cameras and a larger screen. Upon release, the device will face stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Honor, and Motorola, who have been doubling down their presence in the mid-range smartphone market over the past few months. Specifications-wise, the device is on par with its competition. It gets an edge when it comes to regular software updates, as Xiaomi, Motorola, and the likes are notorious for delaying or flat out refusing to update their devices.