HMD Global’s Nokia 5.4 is now available in Kenya for KES 24500.
The device was announced in December 2020, and succeeds the 5.3 from the past.
Looking at the spec sheet, it is a compelling offer based on a number of specs and presentation (it is pretty), but the model we are getting in Kenya does not check the right boxes.
First, the 5.4 that is here now has only 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. This is not a memory configuration we often see because a device with a 128 gig media-hoarding room always has more RAM, 6 GB at least.
For the price, the screen is also low res (not per se) at 720 by 1560 pixels. Again, for the price, we should be expecting a FHD+ screen here because competitors that cost nearly the same as the 5.4 or less have more pixel count on their displays.
Other than that, here are the rest of the phone’s specifications:
Screen size: 6.4”
OS: Android 10, Android 11 on the way
Chip: Snapdragon 662
GPU: Adreno 610
RAM: 4 GB
Memory: 128 GB
SD card slot: yes
Main snapper 48 MP main, 5 MP ultrawide, 2 MP macro, 2 MP depth sensor
Selfie: 16 MP
Battery: 4000 mAh, 10W charging
The compelling part of the device is the camera department, which we hope should perform admirably thanks to that 48 MP main sensor that is also supported by other lenses with a variety of focal points.
The software experience has also been good in Nokia phones, and is one of its selling points.
However, and as said, the device faces tough competition from OPPO, the Transsion group of phones, realme, and vivo. The rivals have nice players, some with better screens and better chipsets on a smaller budget than what the 5.4 costs.
Therefore, unless you really love your Nokias, we think there are better deals elsewhere, to be honest.