Nokia X5: 5 Reasons Why This Budget Phone Will Disrupt the Popularity of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Oppo Realme 1


Nokia has just launched the Nokia X5 in China. And just like the X6, it’s bound to find its way to India, albeit under a new moniker, most likely as the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The China pricing of the phone suggests that the phone would cost anything around Rs 10,000-12,000 and that would mean it goes head to head against the likes of the Redmi Note 5 and the Oppo Realme 1.

Nokia X5: 5 Reasons Why Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Oppo Realme 1 Would Fade

Premium Glass Design: The first and foremost thing that we consider while buying a phone is the look and feel of it. While the Oppo Realme 1 features an interesting design, it’s still made of plastic and that takes away the premium feeling away. The Redmi Note 5 features the tried and tested metal unibody design, which works well enough for a budget phone but is no match to the front and back glass design of the Nokia X5. Nokia smartphones have always been known for their solid build quality but with the Nokia X5, the premium design language finally comes to the budget segment as well.

Beautiful Front Design and Notched Display: Say what you want about the notches, they have become a truly stand-out feature in the 2018 smartphones. The Nokia X5 becomes one of the very first devices around the 10k mark, which features a display notch. That, coupled with the minimal bezels on the device, make it truly one-of-its-kind in its class and add to the overall aesthetic appeal of the X5.

Android One Experience: The one thing that sets the Nokia X5 apart from the competition is that it is an Android One device, meaning it runs on pure stock Android and will launch with the latest version of Android Oreo out of the box. Not only that, it will also receive all the latest OS updates super-fast directly from Google, which will solve one of the biggest problems that budget phones running on custom UI skins face. Xiaomi and Oppo both are infamous for their delayed OS updates and their custom skins aren’t the most fluid too.

Superior Camera Performance: Nokia phones are known for their impressive camera performances and the X5 should be no different. It comes with AI image technology, built-in portrait background blur, portrait skin mode, HDR mode and other functions. Also included is a full PRO mode, which allows you to tinker with all the camera functions like the aperture, white balance, shutter speed etc. thus enabling you to capture your memorable moments perfectly.

The Nokia Brand Name: Nokia was probably the first mobile brand name you heard back in the day, and when HMD Global revived the Nokia brand, they made sure that the reliability and quality associated with the brand don’t get compromised. The Nokia X5 is their latest offering and like all previous offerings, it will boast of a solid design, reliable performance and the trust that comes with the Nokia brand, something that the Xiaomi and Oppo users would agree, is still missing from their handsets.

Nokia X5: Key Specifications

The Nokia X5 runs on the octa-core Mediatek Helio P60 chipset and comes in two variants – a 3GB RAM with 32GB storage variant, and a 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. It features a 5.8-inch IPS LCD panel with HD+ resolution. It runs on a non-removable 3060mAh battery. On the imaging front, it comes with a dual camera set up at the back with a primary 13MP lens coupled with a 5MP depth-sensing camera. At the front is an 8-megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture and a super wide 80.4 degree angle of view. There are a lot of camera modes which you can use to get the best images in any kind of scenarios. The Nokia X5 supports dual Nano-SIMs and also has support for expandable storage up to 256GB via MicroSD cards.

Nokia X5: Pricing in India, Launch Date

The phone is yet to be launched in India, however, the China pricing of the phone is  CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,200) for the base variant (3GB+32GB) and CNY 1,399 (approx Rs 14,300) for the high-end variant (4GB+64GB). The India pricing of the phone shouldn’t be too far from these figures and expect the phone to be priced starting from Rs 10,999 when it launches in India. There is no confirmation about a launch date right now either, but it shouldn’t be too long before we get to see the Nokia X5 in India as the Nokia 5.1 Plus.

Stay tuned for all the latest updates about the launch and pricing details of the Nokia X5. Let us know what you think of the phone in the comments below.