Nokia 5 gets a snappier 3GB RAM variant, local availability remains a mystery

HMD Global recently released its first 6GB RAM smartphone – the Nokia 7 – and this has left the likes of Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 looking like dwarfs with their 2GB RAM modules.

While the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 are typical budget phones, HMD Global isn’t taking any chances with respect to the former. Given the growing competition in the sub-Ksh 25,000 category, HMD Global is stepping up the performance abilities of the Nokia 5 with a new variant that packs a bigger 3GB RAM module.

When you look around, most phones in the sub-Ksh 25,000 category have 3GB of RAM, which made it almost impossible for the Nokia 5 and its 2GB RAM module to compete on level terms with models from the likes of Xiaomi, HTC, Infinix, Oppo and Huawei, among others. Now that the performance has been amped, it makes a stronger case for anyone looking to purchase it, but there’s one major problem.

Right now, the 3GB RAM variant of the Nokia 5 has only been confirmed for the Indian market. We don’t know if HMD has plans to push this variant to other markets where the standard model is already selling, but even if this doesn’t happen, it’s likely that third-party retailers will bring this variant to a shop near you.

Other than the new 3GB RAM module, everything else about the Nokia 5 remains unchanged. This means you still get a 5.2-inch HD display screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3000mAh battery unit, 13MP+8MP camera combination and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. As for the pricing, those in India are paying Rs 13,499, which is about Ksh 22,000. Not bad huh!

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