Nokia 5.4 Review: Impressive for its price

January 4, 2021

There’s a lot to love about this new mid-range device.

The Lowdown: 

The Nokia 5.4 nails the basics for a mid-range Android smartphone: from the Snapdragon 662 CPU, quad camera, and the long battery life. It’s a great choice for those looking for a solid smartphone without spending too much.

The Review: 

The Nokia 5.4 checks all the boxes on what you are looking for in a mid-range device and while it is not as flashy or feature-packed as we have hoped, its performance is what makes it a decent all-around smartphone – and it costs just 699 AED.

The Nokia 5.4’s build is solid, with a glossy polycarbonate shell covering the exterior. It’s a fingerprint magnet though, so prepare to wipe those smudges as soon as you start holding the device. During its launch, it was said that the Nokia 5.4 went through rigorous testing and can withstand the weight of a 10-year-old child.

There are buttons on both sides of the smartphone, with the volume rockers and power switch on the right and a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left with the dual SIM tray sitting right on top.

It’s great that the smartphone still kept the headphone port, which would make it easily compatible with legacy devices. There’s a USB-C port at the bottom used for charging and data transfers, and there’s a fingerprint sensor located at the back just below the quad-camera (more on that later). The Nokia 5.4’s 6.39-inch display is big and even with just an HD+ resolution text and images, all looked great. The colors aren’t as punchier as we hoped it would be but considering the price, it’s not a deal-breaker.

Inside, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 662 CPU with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The mid-range hardware is enough to complete multiple tasks with ease and even managed to play games that aren’t graphics intensive. It struggles quite a bit when multiple tabs are open in Chrome or shifting through multiple apps, but that is expected considering the hardware that runs on it. It runs on Android 10, with an assurance that it will be getting three years of monthly security updates and two years of software upgrades.

The Nokia 5.4’s quad-camera includes a main 48-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel ultrawide lens, with two 2-megapixel sensors for depth and macro and a 16-megapixel camera at the front. Images that we took from the camera are strictly okay – you get sharp images with decent colors especially when taken in daylight. Expect some noise when taking photos in low-light, but then again for its cost, this is actually a decent camera setup. I did enjoy the Cinema mode, where I managed to shoot in 24fps with a wide 21:1 aspect ratio.

You have a 4,000 mAh inside the Nokia 5.4, where HMD promised two-day battery life. That varies when you’re actually using the device and in my case, I managed to make it last a day and a half. That’s still better than its more expensive competitors, where the battery can barely last a day. 

For 699 AED, there’s a lot to love about the Nokia 5.4. This mid-range device offers everything you need for everyday use, backed by a guarantee of regular updates and a stock Android experience. 

We Love: 

+ Decent battery life

+ Stock Android experience

+ Affordable

We Hate: 

– Cameras are strictly okay

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.