The thing is, the Nokia 5.3 has its work cut out. As a consumer, you have so many affordable smartphone options to choose from at this time. That can be equal quantities of good news as well as tricky. With so many choices, what do you choose. Affordable Android phones consistently keep getting better, particularly when it comes to delivering a user experience that doesn’t leave a sour taste later. In fact, now there are full-fledged spec sheet wars, with each trying to go one better on the rivals. In the end, there are compromises that everyone forgets—you get phones with heavy customizations around Android that you may or may not like and you also get a whole platter of preloaded apps that you may or may not want.
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Xiaomi and Realme have been battling each other for a while now. Samsung is making a renewed pitch for this space. Motorola is on the fringes too, looking in. there are others as well. At this time, when it is all about flexing the muscles, Nokia returns with the Nokia 5.3 and takes a very different approach. Simplicity, charm and consistency. Will it be enough? There is a secret ingredient too. The Nokia 5.3 is Made in India. That should get a few people onside immediately.
Nokia’s Android phones have always been about the ingredients that are in place. First up, the newest and the most important one of them all in the current climate. The Nokia 5.3 is made in India, which immediately will bring it closer to the hearts of many potential buyers. Then there is the clean Android avatar, also known as Android One. It is never a war on specs for Nokia, but more about the experience. But can you really ignore the spec sheet? Let me explain. There are two variants of the Nokia 5.3 that go on sale. The storage, 64GB with the memory card slot up to 512GB more remains standard, but you can choose between the 4GB RAM variant and the 6GB RAM variant. The 4GB RAM variant of the Nokia 5.3 is priced at Rs 13,999 while the 6GB RAM option, which we would recommend earnestly, is priced at Rs 15,499. The thing is, a glance though the competition landscape does bring us to to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, which is also priced Rs 13,999 onwards and is powered by the faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, a larger 6.67-inch display, also has a quad camera setup led by a 48-megapixel camera (more megapixels from the outset) and has a 5020mAh battery. But in the current climate, many would discount that purely because of the company’s country of origin. Which then brings us to the doorstep of the Samsung Galaxy M21. The 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 14,499 while the 6GB RAM option will cost you Rs 16,499. This is powered by the Exynos 9611 processor and brings to you a 6.4-inch sAMOLED display, a triple camera setup led by a 48-megapixel camera and a large 6000mAh battery.