Nokia 5.4 review: a cheap smartphone, but not enough

Nokia 5.4 review

We tried Nokia 5.4, an inexpensive smartphone, suitable for those with a limited budget or look for a secondary low-mid-range smartphone. Will we have liked it? Let's find out together in our Nokia 5.4 review.

Nokia 5.4 review

The shell of this Nokia 5.4 It is made of plastic, as could be expected from a smartphone placed in this price range. The rear body is slightly curved towards the sides and the photographic module is inserted inside a circle that protrudes in a not excessive way. Under the cameras you immediately notice the round sensor dedicated to fingerprints: we found it quite fast and accurate, even if the position is a bit awkward and we would have chosen other solutions. The finish of the body means that the fingerprints are very visible and you may want to opt for the use of a cover, which is not present in the package. Instead, there is the power supply, from 10W, and the USB / USB-C cable. The smartphone weighs 181 grams and measures 76,0 x 161 x 8,7mm.

The screen is an HD +, with a resolution of 720 × 1560 pixels, by 6,39 ''is equipped with IPS technology. The resolution is a bit low, although we are aware that this is a commercial smartphone below the 200 euro: the company preferred to save something on the display to keep the price low. Resolution aside, the quality of the display is decent, we found a good brightness, as well as the sensor that adjusts it automatically. The bezels that enclose the display are quite small, except for the lower edge - the so-called chin - which is higher and includes the Nokia logo. A somewhat particular choice that almost belongs to the past.

To complete the design of this Nokia 5.4 we find the audio jack from 3,5mm, a mono speaker, the USB-C port that supports charging at 10W, the power button, those for the volume and the trolley that can accommodate two SIMs. On the left side it is also located a physical button dedicated to Google Assistant which, if pressed, starts the voice assistant.

What's under the body

Under the body we find the 662GHz octa core Snapdragon 2 processor accompanied by one Adreno GPU 610. The internal memory is from 64GB, expandable via microSD, while the RAM memory available to the user is 4GB. As for connectivity, however, we find Bluetooth 4.2, therefore not of the latest generation, monoband Wi-Fi, NFC chip and FM radio.

The smartphone, on the whole, is quite reactive in daily processes, while we have found some slowdown in multitasking or in heavier operations. The general feeling is that this smartphone allows us to carry out all the required actions, but sometimes taking a few seconds too long to think. The telephone department did not disappoint us, with average reception and good audio quality on calls.

The battery from 4000mAh it has a good duration and allows you to arrive safely in the evening, even on the most demanding days. Unfortunately charging stops at just 10W, a bit low considering what competitors in the same price range can offer.

Everything is managed by Android One, a clean, minimal and above all light software, but unfortunately it is still based on Android 10 (although Android 11 is mentioned on the site, perhaps it is being released?), an operating system that came out about two years ago. The security patches, on the other hand, are correctly updated to the latest available. The presence of Android 10 does not affect the performance or usability of this smartphone, but it certainly could determine the choice to buy or not this Nokia 5.4 compared to other smartphones that are placed on the same price range and have an updated operating system on board. .

Nokia 5.4: how it shoots

The photographic sector of Nokia 5.4 consists of four cameras: A 48MP f / 1.8 main sensor, one 5MP wide-angle and two 2MP sensors: one macro and one for portraits. Unfortunately we were quite disappointed with the photographs taken by this smartphone. In optimal lighting conditions the photos are discreet, but as soon as the brightness drops slightly, enough is barely reached. To our help, however, comes the night mode that improves the shots in low light conditions a bit. The wide-angle and macro shots, on the other hand, have not managed - in our humble opinion - to reach the sufficiency: they are in fact quite mixed. On the front we find a 16 MP f / 2.0 camera, who takes good selfies.

The smartphone is capable of spinning video in full HD resolution at 60fps: the quality is good, even if the stabilization is not the best, as well as the quality of the audio captured.


    Nokia 5.4: technical sheet

    Dimensions: 161 x 74,8 x 8,7 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Display: 6,39″ IPS LCD HD+ 720 x 1560 pixel 60Hz
    CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
    GPU: Adreno 610
    RAM: 4 GB
    Memory: 64 GB
    Network: dual SIM
    Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, GPS, NFC
    Battery: 4000 mAh
    Rear camera: 48 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP
    Front Camera: 16 MP
    Videos: 1080p @60fps
    Operating system: Android One based on Android 10 (at launch)

    Nokia 5.4 review: buy it or not

    Nokia 5.4 has a list price of 199 €, which we believe definitely too high compared to what it can offer. The market in this range is extremely competitive and features such as an HD + display and a mediocre camera put it at a disadvantage. If it goes down to 150 euros, for example, - now it is 189 euros on the official website - it would be a great smartphone to buy with a limited budget or as a "forklift" to be used in everyday life. We have not found any bugs or application crashes and during operations that do not require incredible effort it performs really well. With a drop in price, as expected, we would recommend the purchase.


    • Android One
    • 3,5mm audio jack
    • Chip NFC e Radio FM


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