“The X5 is the second smartphone from the brand’s stables to come with a display notch”
When HMD Global announced the revival of yesteryear’s brand Nokia, there were whispers about whether the brand will be able to sustain amidst the cut-throat competition. More than a year later, Nokia has managed to put all the scepticism to rest and how. From a great build quality to adopting the Android One branding, the phonemaker has quickly become a budget favourite. Most recently, the company embraced the notch display with the launch of the Nokia X6 (first impressions), which is expected to be launched globally as the Nokia 6.1 Plus. However, before that, the brand has gone ahead and introduced the second smartphone in the series dubbed Nokia X5. If you are wondering what all the latest launch brings to the table, we have compiled the list of top five features that make it worth watching out for.
Embraces the display cut-out in style
The latest Nokia X5 comes as a toned-down variant of the X6 and as such retains the display notch and a taller aspect ratio of 19:9. The display on the Nokia X5 measures 5.86-inch diagonally and offers a screen resolution of 1,520 x 720 pixels. Although it’s worth noting that the cut-out on the X5 is slightly larger than the one on Nokia X6. That’s not to say that the smartphone isn’t attractive. Thanks to the use of glass at the front and back, the phone is surely a looker. The X5 is also available in premium colour options like black, blue and white.
Dual rear cameras with advanced modes
Coming to the imaging department, the brand has equipped the Nokia X5 with a dual-camera setup on the rear panel. The primary 13-megapixel snapper is backed by a 5-megapixel shooter and LED flash. The combination helps in getting the depth-of-field effect with the subject in focus and blurred-out background. The smartphone also comes with professional mode and AI scene detection to deliver better output depending upon the scene being captured. On the front, the X5 offers an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with several AI features baked in, including software-based bokeh mode.
An AI-capable processor
To drive the performance, the Nokia X5 gets MediaTek’s Helio P60 chipset. This is the same processor that powers the likes of OPPO F7 (review) and is the most powerful offering from the Taiwanese chipmaker’s stables. Helio P60 is an octa-core chip, which is backed by the new Mali G72 MP3 GPU. Further, the processor has been manufactured with 12nm fabrication, which translates to a better balance between power efficiency and performance. Most importantly, the SoC comes with MediaTek’s NeuroPilot AI architecture, which has allowed the brand to integrate several AI-based features in the handset.
Vanilla Android with the promise of regular updates
Similar to other smartphones released by Nokia, the newly-launched X5 is an Android One smartphone. The handset boots the Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, and comes with assured updates to the upcoming Android P as well as the Android Q. Additionally, the smartphone will also receive regular security patches.
A battery that promises to last longer on a single charge
Making full use of the Helio P60’s capabilities, the brand has equipped the handset with an AI-enabled intelligent power-saving technology and optimised performance management mechanism. Moreover, the 12nm fabrication process helps in getting the best out of the 3,060mAh battery. Nokia claims that the X5 can offer up to 17.5 hours of talk time, 19.5 hours of music playback, 5.8 hours of gaming, 11 hours of video streaming and 12 hours of video playback.
The Nokia X5 has been priced attractively at RMB 999 (~Rs 10,000) for the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model will cost RMB 1,399 (~14,000). While there’s no confirmation if the smartphone will be coming to India, it does seem like a solid proposition for budget buyers.