Nokia X5 is a Budget Midranger with Dual Cameras

After delays to the original event, the new Nokia X5 is finally official, bringing a notched display at a very decent price and dual-cameras at the back.

The phone is aimed at lower mid-range users and does a good job of bringing mainstream features to a cheaper phone.

Design and Display

Nokia X5

The LCD display at the front covers 84% of the surface, with a notch at the top, giving it a more “premium” look. It measures 5.84-inch in size, has curved glass along the sides, and has HD+ resolution.

The fingerprint sensor is at the back, underneath the cameras.

Internals and Storage

Under the hood, you get MediaTek’s Helio P60 processor, with either a 3 GB/32 or 4 GB/64 GB RAM/storage combinations.

No one expects a $150 phone to be a powerhouse, but this is one of the areas where the X5 impresses. Helio P60 is not a low-end processor by any means and can easily go toe to toe with the likes of Snapdragon 625.


The camera setup on the back is a 13 MP + 5 MP configuration, with bokeh effect, HDR, and AI-assisted features. The one on the front is an 8 MP shooter.

No word about facial recognition, unfortunately.


The battery capacity is set at 3060 mAh, though, fast-charging likely isn’t available.

Pricing in China is set at $150 for the 3 GB model or around $210 for the 4 GB one. The X5 should launch later this year in more markets, however, don’t expect the same price-tag everywhere.

Nokia X5 Specifications

  • CPU: 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P60
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, customized
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display:
    • 5.86″ 19:9 IPS LCD with HD+ (1520 x 720)resolution, 2.5D curved glass
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3/4 GB
    • Internal: 32/64 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by 256 GB.
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP + 5 MP, f/2.0, LED, HDR
    • Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi, VoLTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 3060 mAh
  • Price: $150 (3 GB), $210 (4 GB)

  • I see you have written OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, customized.
    Nokia advertises that they have stock android firmware.

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