HMD Global has made good strides with the Nokia branded mobiles since its inception. They have made the brand synonymous with stability, reliability and nordic design that is based on a smooth experience. The Nokia 5.3 was a good and appreciated device last year, so naturally, when I got my hands on Nokia 5.4 – the successor, I was very curious. I have spent some time with the device that has been launched today and here are my first impressions of this new offering from HMD Global.
The First thing that struck me about this device is the design. The design team has done a brilliant job with this device. This device is nothing like the phones available in the same price bracket. The gentle curves, the subtle color schemes and the attention to detail deliver a very premium in hand feel. I put the device on a table and it turns heads for sure. It can give any contemporary flagship a run for it’s money. Everyone who saw the device was mighty impressed with the design and frankly, so was I. It gets full marks from me in the design department.
The phone comes with a 6.39-inch touchscreen display and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Nokia 5.4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor. It comes with 4GB of RAM. The Nokia 5.4 runs Android 10 and is powered by a 4000mAh battery. The Nokia 5.4 supports proprietary fast charging.
So you get a very decent and crisp display that is very helpful for consuming any kind of media. And post lockdown and due to the pandemic, most students are attending online classes and a screen like that will be a BIG advantage for them. I like the fact that the chipset is AI enabled and helps in the overall experience quite a lot. The battery sounds like a solid one that will run more than a day on a single charge. We will get to all this in the full review.
In the camera department, the Nokia 5.4 on the rear packs a 48-megapixel primary camera; a second 2-megapixel camera; a third 5-megapixel camera and a fourth 2-megapixel camera. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 16-megapixel punch-hole camera on the front for selfies. So there is a thoughtful and useful upgrade to the rear camera setup. There is a very improved night mode and many other nifty features that have been added to the camera app. I am really excited to put the camera setup to test and share the results with you in the full review.
Nokia 5.4 is based on Android 10 and comes with 4GB RAM and comes in variants of 64GB and 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 512GB). The Nokia 5.4 is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Nokia 5.4 measures 160.97 x 75.99 x 8.70mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 180.00 grams. It has been launched in Dusk and Polar Night colours. It is an android one device. That means that you get assured security updates from Google every month and you get two assured updates to the next versions of Android. So overall, all the goodness of pure Android, timely updates and no bloatware. All this in a package that fits in your hand neatly and well.
When it comes to Connectivity options on the Nokia 5.4, they include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v4.20, USB Type-C, FM radio, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.
So as far as first impressions go, I think that this mid-ranger has a lot of appeal to it. In summary, it is an upgrade that is worth the wait. I am already unable to put it down. Will share more in the full review that is coming soon.