Nokia 1.3 and 5.3: Strong new smartphones for entry and middle class

The manufacturer of the current Nokia smartphones HMD Global is today showing three new models, including two particularly inexpensive. The Nokia 1.3 is a super-inexpensive Android Go device that offers a lot of offline functionality thanks to optimized Go apps. The Nokia 5.3, on the other hand, can prove to be a robust mid-range smartphone. Find out all about the prices and technical data of the new models here.

Nokia 1.3: Android Go smartphone for a hundred euros

Simple, simpler, Android Go. The Android Go, once designed for emerging markets, could also work well in countries like Germany; in any case, the portfolio managers at HMD Global must have thought this. Because the extended offline functions (YouTube can save videos, maps are mainly held offline, etc.) can also work well in Germany, after all, we have on average slower mobile internet compared to the Czech Republic or Hungary (OpenSignal) – but above all at a much higher price.

In order to connect a low-priced tariff with a current but equally cheap smartphone in the future, the Nokia 1.3 should offer the optimal solution. The reasonably modern design conceals simple components. The core is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 chipset with four times 1.3 GHz.

With round display corners and semi-circular notch, the design of the Nokia 1.3 is semi-modern. / © HMD Global

Overall, the equipment is extremely simple. The 5.7-inch display only resolves in 1,520 x 720 pixels. You have 1 GB of DDR3 RAM (which should be enough thanks to Android Go) and 16 GB of internal memory , but it’s slow eMMC 5.1. This can be extended by MicroSD cards. This equipment suggests that the typical Nokia 1.3 user is not in a hurry.

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The Nokia 1.3 has a single camera at the back. / © HMD Global

The Nokia 1.3 is charged via micro USB port. Headsets with 3.5mm jack connector can be connected. The 3,000 mAh battery is charged with five watts; calculated within just under three hours. The cameras resolve in eight or five megapixels; for daylight snapshots and video chat will be enough.

The Nokia 1.3 is scheduled to go on sale on April 6 for 99 Swiss francs or 109 euros.

Nokia 1.3 vs. Nokia 5.3: Specifications

Nokia 1.3 Nokia 5.3
Dimensions: 147.3 x 71.2 x 9.4 mm 164.3 x 76.6 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 155 g 185 g
Battery: 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Display size: 5.7 inches 6.6 inches
Screen: 1520 x 720 pixels (295 ppi) 1600 x 720 pixels (266 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 8 megapixels 13 megapixels
Flash: Dual LED No details
Android version: 10 – Q 10 – Q
User interface: Stock Android No details
Ram: 1024 MB 4 GB
Internal memory: 16 GB 64 GB
Removable storage: Microsd Microsd
Number of cores: 4 8
Max clocking: No details 2.2 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual SIM , Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual SIM , Bluetooth 5.0

Nokia 5.3: Robust Middle Class

The Nokia 5.3, which is twice as expensive, offers considerably better equipment. The 6.55-inch display only resolves with an equally moderate 1,600 x 720 pixels, but is still protected against blows, scratches and grease thanks to Gorilla Glass 3.

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Quad camera and 2.5D glass make the Nokia 5.3 several classes better than the 1.3. / © HMD Global

The hundred euros surcharge pays off in many ways. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset has four CPU cores twice; including performance units with up to 2 GHz. 4 Gbofram RAM and 64 GByte of internal memory (types not mentioned each) promise good performance in everyday life.

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The metal back of the Nokia 5.3 provides chic reflections. / © HMD Global

The exciting unique selling point of the Nokia 5.3 in the price range of smartphones around 200 euros is the rear quad camera. Nokia names the following features:

  • 13 MP, f/1.8, autofocus
  • 2 MP depth sensor
  • 5 MP Ultra Wide Angle
  • 2 MP macro

Thanks to two microphones, your videos have stereo. The selfie cam, with its eight megapixels at f/2, may become the horse foot of the Nokia 5.3.

Otherwise, the Nokia 5.3 offers a 4,000 mAh battery that can be charged with up to ten watts. The corresponding Type-C charger is included. A headset for the 3.5mm connector is also included. The Nokia 5.3 has NFC for mobile payment, operates in fast WiFi-5 and has Bluetooth 5.0 including aptX HD audio.

Starting on the fourth of May, we will see the Nokia 5.3 in stores. We can then buy it for 199 francs or 209 euros without a contract.

Preliminary conclusion

The Android Go smartphone Nokia 1.3 can be an exciting device for the older generation, as it offers the necessary functions at a reasonable price thanks to advanced offline functionality and a large, easy-to-read display. The Nokia 5.3, on the other hand, can boast mainly thanks to the unusually unusual quad camera in the price range. Detailed tests are intended to show how the inexpensive models perform in everyday life.

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