The HMD Global owned brand, Nokia launched its new line-up smartphones today through an online event hosted from Nokia’s birthplace, Finland. The new range consists of the Nokia 8.3 5G, which is the first 5G-enabled smartphone from the brand, mid-range Nokia 5.3 and the entry-level Nokia 1.3. The Nokia 5.3 and 1.3 both feature waterdrop notch displays and Android 10. However, the remaining specs of these smartphones are widely different from each other. Let’s see what the more affordable offerings in the new line-up offer.
Nokia 5.3 specifications and features
The Nokia 5.3 comes in as the successor to the Nokia 5.1 from two years ago. The latest launch features a waterdrop notch display measuring 6.55-inches with 1,600 x 720 pixels screen resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 layer. The smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 665 SoC backed by up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage, expandable up to 512GB. As is customary with Nokia devices, the 5.3 comes with stock Android 10 with two years of assured updates from the brand. For security, there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a dedicated Google Assistant button as well.
In the imaging department, the smartphone features a quad-camera setup on the back comprising a primary 13-megapixel f/1.8 camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera app is equipped with features like night mode, portrait mode, and AI scene detection. There is an 8-megapixel shooter on the front for selfies. The smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which Nokia claims can last for two days. There’s a Type-C port on board, but no fast charging support.
Nokia 1.3 specifications and features
The Nokia 1.3 is an entry-level device with a 5.71-inch 19:9 display featuring HD+ resolution and polycarbonate build with a distinct 3D nano pattern. Powering the handset is a Snapdragon 215 SoC, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage supporting up to 400GB microSD cards. The smartphone boots the Android 10 (Go Edition) and is powered by 3,000mAh battery. There’s a single 8-megapixel camera on the back aided by Google’s new Camera Go app, which means it gets Google’s excellent photo algorithms. The front camera is a 5MP unit. The handset is missing a fingerprint scanner but gets the dedicated Google Assistant button on the side. For security, there’s the face unlock system using the front camera.
Nokia 5.3 and 1.3 price and availability
Both the Nokia 5.3 and 1.3 will be made available starting in April 2020. The Nokia 5.3 will start at €189 (~Rs 15,100) for the base 4GB + 64GB variant. The Nokia 1.3, on the other hand, is an entry-level device with the price set at €95, which is around Rs 7,500. Both these smartphones will be offered in Charcoal, Cyan and Sand colour variants.