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Nokia 5 Smartphone Review

Manuel Masiero, Tanja Hinum (translated by Mark Riege), 08/05/2017

Successful comeback. After the divorce from Microsoft, Nokia has already come back with several new smartphones. With the 5.2-inch Nokia 5 mid-range model, the manufacturer scored promptly, since there is much to like and only little not to like in its offerings.

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After separating from Microsoft, Nokia walks on the solo path again and has brought three new smartphones to the market for this occasion. Simply called Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, the trio, officially costing between 160 and 250 Euros (~$188 - $295), serves the entry and mid-range segments. For now, Nokia leaves the premium segment outside and will probably serve it at a later point - there are already rumors about Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 as names for the coming flagship.

We have already examined the Nokia 3 and now the Nokia 5 follows. Like its siblings, our test candidate is supposed to compel as a daily companion – Nokia even confidently speaks about the "perfectly tuned Android mobile phone." One look into the specifications shows that you cannot expect the wonders from the Nokia 5 that are suggested by the marketing lingo. But the technical data also shows that you are not offered any empty promises, but you are offered a solid mix of performance and features.

With the Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 430, the 5.2-inch smartphone cased in aluminum bets on a solid mid-range SoC and shows 1280x720 pixels on its IPS display. Its features also include a fingerprint sensor and a 13-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. Under the hood are 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, LTE Cat.4, and with Android 7.1.1, the current version of the Google operating system. 

There is a lot of competition for the Nokia 5 in the mid-range. Similar in terms of price and features are the Lenovo K6, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), the Lenovo Moto G5, and the Wiko U Feel Prime.

Nokia 5 (5 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive, IPS, 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 8.47 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio, Card Reader: microSD cards up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor (G-Sensor), surrounding light sensor, e-compass, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, USB OTG, App2SD
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM-Quadband (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS-Quadband (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE Cat.4 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40), downloads up to 150 MBit/s, uploads up to 50 MBit/s , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.05 x 149.7 x 72.5 ( = 0.32 x 5.89 x 2.85 in)
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix PDAF, 1,12 µm, f/2, dual-tone flash
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix AF, 1,12 µm, f/2, 84 degrees field of view
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, USB cable, modular charger, earphones, quick-start instructions, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
148 g ( = 5.22 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 30 g ( = 1.06 oz / 0.07 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The manufacturer made a great effort in the design and workmanship of the Nokia 5. The smartphone, available in black, silver, copper, and blue colors is covered by a stylish aluminum unibody case that compels with its high rigidity in the test. It can hardly be twisted or pushed in, even when using stronger force. Only the HD display reacts at times with a slight brightening that disappears the moment we stop our attempts.  

The back cover and the front are made from Corning Gorilla Glass, which covers the front completely and it has rounded corners and edges. Not only does this make the 148-gram (~0.32 lb) Nokia 5 look good, but it also lies in the hand comfortably, even though it can be slightly slippery due to its metal case. The 13-megapixel camera, together with its dual-LED flash, protrudes slightly from the back, which makes the smartphone wobble slightly on flat surfaces if you push on its long sides. But this did not seem much of a problem. The fingerprint sensor is inside the Home button.

Size comparison

Features

With 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, the Nokia 5 is not really equipped with an abundance of memory. Instead, the smartphone accepts microSD cards up to 128 GB, which can also be formatted as internal storage, allowing you to store or move apps and their data there. In the dual-SIM model you will not even lose a SIM slot, since the microSD card conveniently has its own separate slot. 

The Nokia 5 supports NFC and also allows connecting external storage media and peripheral devices via USB OTG. Unfortunately, the smartphone does not have a USB Type-C connection but only has a conventional Micro-USB port that runs at USB-2.0 speeds.

Left: dual-SIM slot (Nano-SIM), microSD slot
Left: dual-SIM slot (Nano-SIM), microSD slot
Right: power button, volume rocker
Right: power button, volume rocker
Top: audio port
Top: audio port
Bottom: microphone, Micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker
Bottom: microphone, Micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker

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Software

Android 7.1.1 runs mostly in the original version on the Nokia 5. The manufacturer preinstalled merely a support app and an app for screen wallpapers on the smartphone. The whole package uses up about 7.5 GB, which means that there is 8.5 GB of available storage in the best-case scenario. At the time of testing, the Android security patches were on the level of July 1, 2017 and thus very current.

Communication and GPS

In addition to GSM and UMTS, the Nokia 5 also communicates via LTE Cat.4. With this, it reaches maximum download rates of 300 MBit/s and upload rates of up to 50 MBit/s. With nine LTE bands including the bands 1, 3, 7, and 20 important in Europe, the smartphone covers an astonishingly wide range of LTE frequencies. Chances are good that you can receive a signal with the Nokia 5 outside of Europe as well, even if a few LTE bands are still missing for the real world traveler. In our test, the reception was good (rural Vodafone net) and reached a medium to high signal strength even indoors. 

Over short distances, besides via NFC, the Nokia 5 also communicates via Bluetooth 4.1 and WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and thus can use the 5-GHz frequency band. The smartphone made frequent use of it when communicating with our Linksys EA8500 reference router. With transfer rates of 112 MBit/s (sending) and 122 MBit/s (receiving), the Nokia 5 is as fast as the Lenovo Moto G5. The Wiko U Feel Prime and the Lenovo K6 can only communicate in the 2.4-GHz band and therefore remain far behind.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
122 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Moto G5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
121 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
55.4 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
Lenovo K6
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
51.9 MBit/s ∼43% -57%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
112 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Moto G5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
110 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Wiko U Feel Prime
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53.2 MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Lenovo K6
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.4 MBit/s ∼47% -53%
GPS reception: outdoors
GPS reception: outdoors
GPS reception: indoors
GPS reception: indoors

The Nokia 5 determines its current location via GPS. In enclosed rooms, after a short wait the locating worked with an accuracy of up to nine meters, and outdoors the accuracy was up to five meters.

On our about 6.5 km (4 miles) bike test route, the smartphone performed quite well against the Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation device. Both measured exactly the same overall distance, with the Nokia 5 not diverging significantly from the ideal path even in more difficult passages such as junctions or forest areas. Therefore precise navigation is possible with the Nokia 5 without any problems.

Nokia 5: overall route
Nokia 5: overall route
Nokia 5: forested area
Nokia 5: forested area
Nokia 5: bridge
Nokia 5: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: forested area
Garmin Edge 500: forested area
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: bridge

Telephone and Call Quality

Nokia left the telephone app in its original state. Android users will immediately find their way around, since all the functions are in their usual places. In our test, during calls to land lines and mobile phones the voices of our conversation partners were reproduced naturally and clearly by the Nokia. However, our own voices were recorded slightly muffled. The same effect occurred when we turned on the speaker.  

Cameras

HDR recording with the main camera
HDR recording with the main camera

Nokia has equipped its phone with a 13-megapixel camera, which works with an aperture of f/2.0. In addition to a phase-comparison autofocus, it is equipped with a dual-LED flash and can take pictures in complete darkness. The main camera reaches its full resolution in the 4:3 format (3120x4160 pixels), while in the 16:9 format it can only take pictures at 2160x3840 pixels (8 MP). 

Considering its price, the smartphone takes really good pictures with its 13-megapixel camera. In optimal light conditions, they stand out with a high sharpness and appear very lively due to their saturated colors. In darker image areas, the camera quickly tends towards image noise, which you can only see looking closely, though. A panorama mode and a beauty mode that smooths out faces with a five-stepped filter are available as recording options. The Nokia 5 can take videos in the 1080p format at 30 images per second, achieving a decent image quality.

The 8-MP front camera (f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree viewing angle) does a good job for selfies and video chats. However, it cannot compete with the main camera, since the images always appear slightly blurry and pale. The front camera also records Full HD videos.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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In addition to the regular test photos, we also examined the color accuracy and sharpness under controlled test conditions. Pictures are recorded in automatic mode and are neither processed afterwards nor is a white balance performed. 

We check the color accuracy with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (left image). This confirms our subjective impression: The Nokia is not very accurate in the color representation but categorically lays it on a little too thick, which is not realistic, but it looks pretty.

The smartphone reproduces the test chart exactly in the center, but like practically any smartphone camera, it does not manage to also maintain the sharpness up to the image edges. This is not a big flaw, since not even professional cameras do a much better job.

ColorChecker Passport: the target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.
ColorChecker Passport: the target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.
Detail of the test chart
Detail of the test chart
Test chart (click for the original)
Test chart (click for the original)

Accessories and Warranty

Nokia includes a modular charger (5V, 2A), a Micro-USB cable, earphones, a tool for opening the SIM slot, and short instructions with its smartphone. On its website, the manufacturer offers a carbon and a ruggedized case, as well as set of sport earphones. At the time of writing, information on pricing or more detailed information was not available.

There is 24 months of warranty for the Nokia 5, which also extends to the battery since it is not exchangeable. For the Micro-USB cable, the modular charger, and the earphones there is only six months of warranty, though. 

Input Devices and Operation

The capacitive touchscreen of the Nokia 5 supports 10 simultaneous finger inputs and implements the commands quickly and precisely. The volume rocker and the power button on the right side of the case support a similarly fast operation. Although both are set into the case with a slight sideways clearance, they give exact feedback due to their clear pressure point. Also, the third physical control, the fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button, works reliably and it unlocks the smartphone quickly.

Google's Gboard is used as the standard keyboard and can be optionally exchanged against any other virtual keyboard from the Google Play Store.

Keyboard, portrait
Keyboard, portrait
Keyboard, landscape
Keyboard, landscape

Display

Subpixels
Subpixels

The Nokia 5 displays 1280x720 pixels on its 5.2-inch IPS display, achieving a pixel density of 282 PPI. Even though this is far from the sharpness records of other smartphones, you have to look very closely to detect single pixels.

The Nokia 5 delivers a very good performance in terms of the brightness, since at an average of 634.6 cd/m² and maximum of 667 cd/m² the HD screen is extremely bright and the brightness is also evenly distributed (90%). 

A more realistic and even distribution of bright and dark image areas (APL50) resulted still in a very bright maximum value of 632 cd/m². To avoid glare, a brightness sensor that is activated by default automatically adjusts the brightness to the surroundings.

However, the bright performance does have a small blemish as well: On a black background you can see halos on some edges and corners, which can become annoying in particular when playing videos. When displaying the colorful Android user interface, they are not particularly noticeable. 

652
cd/m²
624
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
661
cd/m²
630
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
667
cd/m²
643
cd/m²
621
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 667 cd/m² Average: 634.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.59 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 630 cd/m²
Contrast: 1105:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
97.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.37
Nokia 5
IPS, 1280x720, 5.2
Lenovo K6
IPS, 1920x1080, 5
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
AMOLED, 1280x720, 5.2
Lenovo Moto G5
IPS, 1920x1080, 5
Wiko U Feel Prime
IPS, 1920x1080, 5
Screen
-0%
-4%
26%
6%
Brightness middle
630
470
-25%
289
-54%
660
5%
411
-35%
Brightness
635
461
-27%
291
-54%
625
-2%
386
-39%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
96
7%
92
2%
86
-4%
Black Level *
0.57
0.38
33%
0.29
49%
0.36
37%
Contrast
1105
1237
12%
2276
106%
1142
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5
5.2
-4%
4.7
6%
4.9
2%
4.3
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.7
9.5
-9%
7.3
16%
7.6
13%
7.9
9%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.9
5.6
19%
3
57%
4.8
30%
2.8
59%
Gamma
2.37 93%
2.24 98%
2.03 108%
2.18 101%
2.53 87%
CCT
8736 74%
7924 82%
6291 103%
7357 88%
6589 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

With a black value of 0.57 cd/m², the Nokia achieves a good contrast ratio of 1105:1. However, the smartphone cannot improve over the competition, which achieves a more vibrant color display. Here, the Lenovo Moto G5 is in a separate class with a contrast ratio of 2276:1.

If you look closer at the image display with the spectral photometer and the CalMAN analysis software, the Nokia 5 reveals some weaknesses. The grayscales show a clear blue tint that corresponds to the color temperature of 8736 K which is far too high. Because of that, the smartphone displays colors visibly too cool, without giving the user an opportunity to adjust them towards a warmer tint. The color temperature cannot be adjusted in the display options.

Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Color space
Color space
Grayscales
Grayscales
Saturation
Saturation

With its immense brightness reserves, the Nokia 5 brings the best prerequisites for outdoor use. Moreover, with the "Sunlight mode" of the display settings, you can activate a mode for easier readability in direct sunlight. In addition, the screen is supposed to reduce reflections though polarization.

Did Nokia develop the perfect outdoor smartphone? Unfortunately not. Even though the Nokia 5 can be used very easily outdoors, despite the additional gimmicks it struggles with the same problems as practically every other smartphone: while the strong reflections of the display do not matter too much in the shade, nothing goes anymore in direct sunlight.

Despite the IPS display, the viewing-angle stability can only convince to a limited extent. Viewing from the sides all is well, but from the top or bottom the display shows clear color shifts.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

While the Nokia 3 uses the MediaTek MT6737 SoC, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. Settled in the lower mid-range, the SoC provides the test candidate with a fast system performance, even if you can notice the limited working memory of only 2 GB of RAM from time to time. If many apps are open at the same time, it can happen that you have to restart an app, because it has been removed from storage in the meantime. However, overall these are only small delays that do not hinder smooth operation. The Adreno 505 graphics unit integrated into the SoC offers enough power to play most of the current Android games smoothly even with maximum details.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
45274 Points ∼18%
Lenovo K6
43673 Points ∼17% -4%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
27232 Points ∼11% -40%
Lenovo Moto G5
44653 Points ∼18% -1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
44420 Points ∼17% -2%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
3807 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
2913 Points ∼28% -23%
Lenovo Moto G5
3583 Points ∼35% -6%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
5060 Points ∼37%
Lenovo K6
3387 Points ∼25% -33%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
4126 Points ∼30% -18%
Lenovo Moto G5
4730 Points ∼35% -7%
Wiko U Feel Prime
3347 Points ∼25% -34%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Nokia 5
671 Points ∼33%
Lenovo K6
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
551 Points ∼27% -18%
Lenovo Moto G5
686 Points ∼34% +2%
Wiko U Feel Prime
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 5
740 Points ∼3%
Lenovo K6
732 Points ∼3% -1%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
312 Points ∼1% -58%
Lenovo Moto G5
722 Points ∼3% -2%
Wiko U Feel Prime
740 Points ∼3% 0%
Memory (sort by value)
Nokia 5
788 Points ∼13%
Lenovo K6
530 Points ∼8% -33%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
643 Points ∼10% -18%
Lenovo Moto G5
538 Points ∼9% -32%
Wiko U Feel Prime
774 Points ∼12% -2%
System (sort by value)
Nokia 5
2154 Points ∼13%
Lenovo K6
1282 Points ∼8% -40%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
1060 Points ∼6% -51%
Lenovo Moto G5
1656 Points ∼10% -23%
Wiko U Feel Prime
1281 Points ∼8% -41%
Overall (sort by value)
Nokia 5
958 Points ∼11%
Lenovo K6
263 Points ∼3% -73%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
585 Points ∼7% -39%
Lenovo Moto G5
815 Points ∼10% -15%
Wiko U Feel Prime
290 Points ∼3% -70%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
974 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Moto G5
1731 Points ∼4%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
2849 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
1261 Points ∼3% -56%
Lenovo Moto G5
2563 Points ∼7% -10%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
671 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
517 Points ∼8% -23%
Lenovo Moto G5
619 Points ∼10% -8%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 5
1227 Points ∼29%
Lenovo K6
1047 Points ∼25% -15%
Lenovo Moto G5
1245 Points ∼30% +1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
1034 Points ∼25% -16%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 5
245 Points ∼5%
Lenovo K6
240 Points ∼4% -2%
Lenovo Moto G5
243 Points ∼5% -1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
250 Points ∼5% +2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nokia 5
298 Points ∼6%
Lenovo K6
290 Points ∼6% -3%
Lenovo Moto G5
296 Points ∼6% -1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
301 Points ∼6% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 5
1268 Points ∼30%
Lenovo K6
1002 Points ∼24% -21%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
709 Points ∼17% -44%
Lenovo Moto G5
1243 Points ∼29% -2%
Wiko U Feel Prime
1118 Points ∼27% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 5
503 Points ∼6%
Lenovo K6
491 Points ∼6% -2%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
42 Points ∼1% -92%
Lenovo Moto G5
496 Points ∼6% -1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
514 Points ∼6% +2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Nokia 5
581 Points ∼9%
Lenovo K6
554 Points ∼9% -5%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
53 Points ∼1% -91%
Lenovo Moto G5
572 Points ∼9% -2%
Wiko U Feel Prime
584 Points ∼9% +1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 5
9023 Points ∼11%
Lenovo K6
9034 Points ∼11% 0%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
9022 Points ∼11% 0%
Lenovo Moto G5
9089 Points ∼12% +1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
9684 Points ∼2%
Lenovo K6
9691 Points ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3838 Points ∼1% -60%
Lenovo Moto G5
9617 Points ∼2% -1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nokia 5
9529 Points ∼4%
Lenovo K6
9537 Points ∼4% 0%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
4400 Points ∼2% -54%
Lenovo Moto G5
9494 Points ∼4% 0%
Wiko U Feel Prime
9548 Points ∼4% 0%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Nokia 5
17 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
16 fps ∼0% -6%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
5.2 fps ∼0% -69%
Lenovo Moto G5
16 fps ∼0% -6%
Wiko U Feel Prime
17 fps ∼0% 0%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Nokia 5
27 fps ∼1%
Lenovo K6
15 fps ∼0% -44%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
9.7 fps ∼0% -64%
Lenovo Moto G5
14 fps ∼0% -48%
Wiko U Feel Prime
16 fps ∼0% -41%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Nokia 5
7.2 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
7.1 fps ∼0% -1%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
1.8 fps ∼0% -75%
Lenovo Moto G5
7.1 fps ∼0% -1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
7.1 fps ∼0% -1%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Nokia 5
14 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
7 fps ∼0% -50%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3.8 fps ∼0% -73%
Lenovo Moto G5
7.4 fps ∼0% -47%
Wiko U Feel Prime
7.5 fps ∼0% -46%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 5
4.6 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
4.4 fps ∼0% -4%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
fps ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Moto G5
4.6 fps ∼0% 0%
Wiko U Feel Prime
4.4 fps ∼0% -4%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 5
10 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
4.4 fps ∼0% -56%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
fps ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Moto G5
5 fps ∼0% -50%
Wiko U Feel Prime
4.8 fps ∼0% -52%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 5
2.5 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
2.5 fps ∼0% 0%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
fps ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Moto G5
2.5 fps ∼0% 0%
Wiko U Feel Prime
2.5 fps ∼0% 0%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 5
5.2 fps ∼0%
Lenovo K6
2.4 fps ∼0% -54%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
fps ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Moto G5
2.7 fps ∼0% -48%
Wiko U Feel Prime
2.7 fps ∼0% -48%

Legend

 
Nokia 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo K6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto G5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Wiko U Feel Prime Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash

While surfing on the web, the Nokia 5 strikes a good figure. Subjectively, nothing falters and pages are loaded quickly. However, in demanding HTML5 websites it can come to stutters here and there. But, among the comparison devices, the Nokia 5 still belongs to the faster smartphones and even comes out on top in JetStream 1.1 and Kraken 1.1.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Nokia 5
21.48 Points ∼100%
Lenovo K6
21.436 Points ∼100% 0%
Wiko U Feel Prime
21.4 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Moto G5
20.36 Points ∼95% -5%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
16.8 Points ∼78% -22%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Lenovo K6
3438 Points ∼100% +10%
Wiko U Feel Prime
3383 Points ∼98% +8%
Nokia 5
3138 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
2730 Points ∼79% -13%
Lenovo Moto G5
2604 Points ∼76% -17%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
13046 ms * ∼100% -25%
Lenovo Moto G5
11358 ms * ∼87% -9%
Lenovo K6
10849.6 ms * ∼83% -4%
Wiko U Feel Prime
10826 ms * ∼83% -4%
Nokia 5
10396 ms * ∼80%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Lenovo Moto G5
57 Points ∼100% 0%
Nokia 5
57 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
47 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo K6
42 Points ∼74% -26%

* ... smaller is better

The Nokia 5 also shows a good performance in the storage speeds. With a sequential data transfer of 83.9 MB/s during read and 62 MB/s during write, the smartphone can beat all the other competitors. 

We test the microSD performance with our new Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card (UHS-II, class 3, reads up to 270 MB/s, writes up to 150 MB/s). Together with the Wiko U Feel Prime and the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), the Nokia 5 belongs to the fastest devices here.

Nokia 5Lenovo K6Samsung Galaxy J5 2016Lenovo Moto G5Wiko U Feel Prime
AndroBench 3-5
-10%
-14%
47%
7%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62
50.4
-19%
46.61
-25%
57.98
-6%
35.21
-43%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.9
78.2
-7%
79.83
-5%
78.51
-6%
41.98
-50%
Random Write 4KB
8.39
10.5
25%
11.6
38%
37.9
352%
9.4
12%
Random Read 4KB
40.54
32.01
-21%
21
-48%
37.6
-7%
55
36%
Sequential Write 256KB
74.86
46.66
-38%
72
-4%
45.6
-39%
137.3
83%
Sequential Read 256KB
255.56
262.56
3%
147
-42%
230.6
-10%
270.9
6%

Games

The Nokia 5 has no difficulties displaying current Android games smoothly. For example, Dead Trigger 2: The graphically demanding game runs butter-smooth with an average of 54 fps even in high detail settings on the smartphone. The same goes for Asphalt 8: Airborne, where we measure 30 fps. Due to an internal limitation, the game cannot display more frames per second anyway. The position and acceleration sensors work without a hitch.

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high54 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps
 very low30 fps

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

The Nokia 5 stays cool during the test. Even under load, it maximally warms up to 36.9 °C (~98 °F). During idle operation, we only measure an average of 29.9 °C (~86 °F). Not only does the smartphone remain in temperature ranges that give no cause for concern, but it also never becomes uncomfortable for the user to hold the device for longer periods of time.

There is no throttling under load in the Nokia 5. Even after 30 runs of the T-Rex benchmark of GFXBench, the frame rates are not lower than in the beginning.

Max. Load
 33.8 °C
93 F
34.1 °C
93 F
34.3 °C
94 F
 
 33.6 °C
92 F
34.3 °C
94 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 33.9 °C
93 F
34 °C
93 F
34.3 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 36.9 °C = 98 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
34.6 °C
94 F
35.2 °C
95 F
34.6 °C
94 F
34.7 °C
94 F
34.7 °C
94 F
35 °C
95 F
34.7 °C
94 F
35 °C
95 F
34.7 °C
94 F
Maximum: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.4 °C = 98 F | Room Temperature 22.3 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.2 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The mono speaker of the Nokia 5 is situated at the bottom edge and with 83.6 dB(A) it produces a quite high maximum volume without leading to any distortions. While the mini speaker reproduces the highs and mids very cleanly, the bass is almost completely missing, leading to an overall rather tinny sound. Yet the sound quality is acceptable for a smartphone speaker, and the capabilities are sufficient for the occasional multimedia usage. If you use the included earphones, the sound quality again improves clearly.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.131.129.12529.330.129.33129.929.929.94038.634.438.65028.234.628.26326.829.326.88028.632.228.610030.234.130.212538.836.938.816043.923.843.920051.521.551.525055.620.955.63155921.35940061.419.761.450063.520.163.563063.918.563.980067.519.367.5100070.417.870.4125071.217.471.2160072.916.472.9200072.816.472.8250072.416.672.4315075.416.175.4400074.816.174.8500070.716.170.7630068.11668.1800067.316.167.3100006616.1661250058.81658.81600049.21649.2SPL83.630.183.6N55.71.455.7median 66median 17.4median 66Delta8.73.78.737.727.732.437.722.330.631.322.326.529.131.726.52931.4262932.337.239.432.32927.736.22924.627.628.624.623.223.425.423.228.321.821.328.330.823.223.330.834.52422.534.537.222.922.437.242.126.921.342.147.428.218.447.456.236.117.556.262.641.517.562.670.848.617.270.875.853.716.875.872.450.217.372.470.548.117.470.568.146.716.668.167.245.117.367.268.547.217.668.570.949.417.670.974.953.217.774.976.554.417.476.576.354.717.776.365.242.617.965.251.330.718.151.346.826.118.146.884.162.229.884.156.714.71.356.7median 65.2median 42.6median 17.7median 65.213.911.21.613.928.227.428.225.627.925.624.125.224.125.728.725.724.726.424.723.622.923.624.623.624.625.224.325.234.325.134.340.319.740.347.818.647.850.519.750.55219.95249.918.949.949.818.949.854.819.854.863.220.863.271.317.271.372.617.172.674.414.474.473.413.973.471.913.271.970.212.970.267.51367.568.412.868.473.812.773.875.712.775.772.512.872.569.112.869.159.913.159.983.62883.653.6153.6median 67.5median 17.1median 67.511.33.811.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia 5Samsung Galaxy J5 2016Lenovo K6
Nokia 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 7% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.09 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 81% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo K6 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 9.3% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 33% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (checkboxes selectable!)

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The battery of the Nokia 5, which cannot be exchanged, stores 3000 mAh and with that lies almost exactly in the average capacity range of the comparison devices. In terms of its power consumption, the smartphone acts pleasantly unremarkable. Behind the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), it is the most energy-efficient device in our comparison. This lets us hope for a long battery life.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.12 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.52 / 1.78 / 1.96 Watt
Load midlight 3.23 / 4.88 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Nokia 5
3000 mAh
Lenovo K6
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3100 mAh
Lenovo Moto G5
2800 mAh
Wiko U Feel Prime
3000 mAh
Power Consumption
-6%
17%
-10%
-0%
Idle Minimum *
0.52
0.65
-25%
0.61
-17%
0.73
-40%
0.66
-27%
Idle Average *
1.78
1.65
7%
1.41
21%
1.64
8%
1.66
7%
Idle Maximum *
1.96
1.67
15%
1.51
23%
1.68
14%
1.76
10%
Load Average *
3.23
3.58
-11%
2.56
21%
3.46
-7%
2.85
12%
Load Maximum *
4.88
5.58
-14%
3.1
36%
6.13
-26%
5.01
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

With its combination of a large battery and low power consumption, the Nokia 5 achieves long runtimes. In the realistic WLAN test, which simulates web-surfing at a display brightness adjusted to 150 cd/m², the smartphone lasts for almost 12 hours. You can even play H.264 videos for more than 13 hours. To sum it up, the smartphone has enough power to last the user for a whole day. Good: It takes barely two hours to completely recharge the Nokia 5.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
29h 32min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 53min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
13h 10min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 23min
Nokia 5
3000 mAh
Lenovo K6
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
3100 mAh
Lenovo Moto G5
2800 mAh
Wiko U Feel Prime
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-5%
-3%
-27%
-24%
Reader / Idle
1772
1626
-8%
1599
-10%
1243
-30%
1254
-29%
H.264
790
633
-20%
658
-17%
616
-22%
WiFi v1.3
713
715
0%
643
-10%
561
-21%
575
-19%
Load
323
350
8%
402
24%
207
-36%

Pros

+ high-quality case
+ many LTE bands
+ dual-SIM slot
+ Android 7.1
+ fingerprint sensor
+ good 13-MP camera
+ bright HD display
+ long battery life
+ low temperature development

Cons

- only 16 GB storage
- no USB Type-C connection
- display has a blue tint
- light halos in a black display

Verdict

In the test: Nokia 5. Test unit provided by cyberport
In the test: Nokia 5. Test unit provided by cyberport

You cannot expect much from a smartphone listed for 200 Euros (~$236), can you? The Nokia 5 proves exactly the opposite, offering quite a bit in terms of features and performance. You get a quite fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, a very bright HD display, LTE Cat.4 covering a wide range of frequency bands, and a good 13-MP camera. The current Android 7.1 version, a long battery life, and the stylish aluminum case including a fingerprint sensor also speak for the Nokia 5.

The fast and well-built, stylish Nokia 5 is a good mid-range smartphone, that offers a lot for a relatively low price.

In terms of the memory storage, buyers have to lower their sights, since more than 16 GB is unfortunately not possible. The manufacturer also did not include an USB Type-C connector that would have avoided inserting it the wrong way. Moreover, the Nokia 5 adds a slight blue tint to its sharp display and shows a few light halos at the bottom and edges in particular in full display brightness. However, overall the Nokia succeeds in more places than it fails in, and therefore it deserves a recommendation.

Nokia 5 - 08/01/2017 v6
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 90%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
38 / 60 → 63%
Weight
93%
Battery
94%
Display
84%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 31%
Application Performance
42 / 70 → 61%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 91 → 73%
Camera
80%
Average
73%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Manuel Masiero, 2017-08- 5 (Update: 2017-08- 9)