A day after it started selling in the US through Amazon and other channels, the Nokia 5.3 is now available for purchase locally.
Those looking to get one of HMD Global’s latest smartphones will have to part with Kshs 23,000.
For that much, one gets a device that the Finns are touting to be one that enables you to “Go big and Go beyond”.
It packs an expansive 6.5-inch HD+ display and shares the design language of its more capable sibling that is yet to hit the local market, the Nokia 8.3. That design language is a fresh take on the circular camera encasement used on the back of the likes of the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 to cater to the quad-camera array (without appearing like a misplaced emoji).
Since we never got to have a Nokia 5.2, the Nokia 5.3 is a huge step up from the last member of the Nokia 5 series and attempts to bridge the gap of its non-existent immediate predecessor and that of the next series in HMD Global’s expansive mid-range smartphone fold.
That design refresh is only for the back, though. The front, and pretty much the rest of the visible physical attributes of the device, are in sync with the other Nokia devices we have been seeing for a year now. There’s the dedicated Google Assistant button, for instance.
What will be appealing to the Android nerds on a budget, however, and those that just want some assurance about the future-proofing of their device is HMD Global’s very conspicuous “Android 11-ready” claims. Claims that, going by the company’s brief history, are valid as it usually backs all its devices with at least 3 years of all-round support software-wise with users being assured of upgrades to major versions of Android within the first 2 years.
The other thing that sets the Nokia 5.3 apart, at least according to HMD Global, is its 4,000mAh battery unit which the company claims can last for up to 2 days. That is a bold claim since anyone who has used a Nokia smartphone, since their return in mid-2017, will agree that battery life, thanks to running Android builds with little to no customization, has never been their strongest suit which is quite a surprise for anyone who used Nokia mobile phones before.
Other specifications of the device include 64GB onboard storage (expandable up to 512GB), 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 655 processor.