Nokia 5.3 vs Nokia 7.2. Is there a big difference?

Hello, everyone! Today we’re going to compare two models of the legendary Nokia brand. These are the Nokia 5.3 and the Nokia 7.2. Who will win – the new model or the already proven older model? Let’s figure it out now.


If you look at the Nokia 5.3 from the front, the smartphone does not stand out from the general range of modern smartphones. It has a large screen with a waterdrop notch, narrow bezels around it and a rather large chin below, which proudly flaunts the “Nokia” inscription. On the right side there is a volume rocker and a power button with an event indicator. It seemed to me that this is a good position of the indicator. In any case, it’s good that it exists at all. Unfortunately, there is no place for it on many new models. Is it important for you to have a notification sensor in your phone? Please write in the comments below this video. And we will go further.

On the left side of the phone, there is a call button for the voice assistant and a tray for SIM cards and SD-flash drives, which are installed in a separate slot. Above there is the earpiece, headphone jack and noise canceling microphone. On the bottom of the phone, we see a microphone, speaker and USB Type-C connector.

The back panel is made of ordinary matte plastic, which the manufacturer in advertising for some reason calls as a composite material. At the top there is a nice circle with four cameras. Of course, this is not a unique design, but this solution looks fresh and interesting. The fingerprint scanner is located just below the camera block. It works accurately and fairly quickly. The smartphone is available in turquoise, gold, and gray colors.

The new model completely repeats the design of the Nokia 7.2. The buttons and connectors are the same and located in the same places. There are some small differences. For example, the Nokia 7.2 has a slightly smaller screen and the  back panel is made of frosted glass. The use of such glass immediately gives the phone a more expensive look. The frame, however, is not metal, it is also plastic. Although this time the manufacturer calls plastic a polymer composite and promises twice the strength of the smartphones with a conventional plastic frame. The cameras on the back are larger than the ones of the competitor, and they look more organic on the round platform. The camera module has the inscription “ZEISS”. It is a popular manufacturer of optics. We’ll talk about the cameras a little later. As for now, i can only add that the Nokia 7.2 comes in green, white, and gray colors.

Although the phones are very similar, the Nokia 7.2 still looks a little better.


The screens of the smarthones are made using the IPS technology. The diagonal of the Nokia 5.3 is slightly larger – it is 6.55 inches versus 6.3 inches of the Nokia 7.2. The display resolution is radically different – it is 1600 x 720 pixels for the Nokia 5.3 versus 2280 x 1080 pixels for the Nokia 7.2. The cutout for the front camera is the same – it is drop-shaped. Both displays have rich colors and great viewing angles. The brightness quality is not the best, but they look decent in this indicator. The high resolution of the Nokia 7.2 helps to have better detailed images, which is noticeable with a large screen. Both screens are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Nokia 7.2 wins this round.


Both smartphones can be a perfect choice for numerous users who don’t want any Chinese additions They have pure Android 10 installed with a two-year update guarantee under the Android One program. As the smartphones participating in this program need to be updated first, the upgrade to the Android 11 can be expected soon. However, updates are not always as fast as promised, including Nokia.

Compared to many modern ones, the Android only sometimes lacks a variety of icons, themes, fonts, animations and other beauties. It would be nice to have some advanced features. But on the other hand, such smartphones have two indisputable advantages – the interface works faster, and everyone understands it.

How do you feel about pure Android? And which shell do you like best? Share your opinion in the comments.


The Nokia 5.3 has four rear cameras:

  1. The first camera is the main module of 13 megapixels with an aperture of f / 1.8;
  2. The second one is the wide-angle 5 megapixel;
  3. The third is the 2 megapixel macro camera;
  4. The fourth is the 2 megapixel depth sensor.

Taking into account the modest characteristics of the main camera, the quality of the photos is not bad. They have fairly accurate color reproduction and good clarity in good lighting. But with a lack of the light, everything is quite sad – the photos are very noisy, the detail quelity drops sharply. The quality of shooting with the wide-angle camera is mediocre, especially if the lighting is not ideal. The macro camera also cannot give very good results.

The Nokia 7.2 is equipped with a rear camera with three modules:

  1. The first one is the main 48 megapixel sensor with a Samsung GM1 sensor and an f / 1.8 aperture;
  2. The second is the ultra wide-angle 8 megapixel;
  3. The third is the 2 megapixel depth sensor.

The manufacturer advertised the ZEISS optics in this model a lot. But I haven’t noticed any advantage over the numerous competitors with 48MP cameras. Yes, the Nokia 7.2 shoots better with the main camera than today’s competitor. But it;s not that difficult to oercome this. During the day, the pictures are detailed, clear and bright. Sometimes, even too bright. The shades of red are especially oversaturated. With insufficient lightning, the detail is lame and the noise increases. At night, the pictures are not that bad thankt to the special night mode but they also distort colors. The portrait mode sometimes suffers from incorrect background blur. It you install a Google camera, it removes many of the flaws that the Nokia’s software has. The result is noticeably better. Both smartphones have low quality of shooting with the wide-angle module.

Both models shoot 4K video with good detail, but no stabilization. When shooting in 1080p, the stabilization of the Nokia 7.2 is much better than that one of the younger model. The video shooting is not the Nokia 5.3’s strongest suit.

The front camera of the Nokia 5.3 is only 8 megapixels, but it shows quite decent results. The Nokia 7.2 has a 20 megapixel front camera, which is slightly better the one that its competitor has. You can take bright and detailed selfies.

Despite the smaller number of cameras, the Nokia 7.2 won this round.


The Nokia 5.3 is equipped with not the fastest, but solid Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with the Adreno 610 video accelerator. The chip is made using 11 nanometer technology. The users will not have problems with speed using the interface and usual applications. The lagging appears only in heavy games with maximum settings. For example, Call Of Duty can be played without any problems at medium settings, but there is already a strong drop in frames at maximum settings.

The Nokia 7.2 received the old Snapdragon 660 processor. It almost doesn’t lose to the 665 in performance, but the years play their role. Due to the old 14nm process technology, it overheats and throttles a little. All this does not have the best effect on energy efficiency.

The Nokia 5.3 can have 3, 4 or 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, the Nokia 7.2 has 4 or 6 RAM and 64 or 128 of ROM. The in-built memory can be expanded in both models. The SD card can be installed in a separate slot.

In terms of performance, the Nokia 5.3 has won with a slight advantage.


The smartphones support all popular frequencies. There is 4G on both SIM cards and dual-band Wi-Fi. The smartphones have everything in order with navigation – the GPS and GLONASS are supported, the satellites are found quickly, the route is kept confidently. Both smartphones have the NFC module ans contactless payments work without problems. The Nokia 7.2 supports Bluetooth 5, while the Nokia 5.3 only supports version 4.2.


The Nokia 5.3 has a 4000 mAh battery, the Nokia 7.2 has a less powerful 3500 mAh battery. Depending on the usage scenario, the battery life of the Nokia 5.3 lasts for one or two days, while the Nokia 7.2 lasts only for a day. This is due not only to the larger battery capacity of the Nokia 5.3, but also to the more energy efficient processor and lower screen resolution. Both phones don’t support fast charging and come with a standard 10W charger.

The Nokia 5.3 wins this round.


As always, let’s see what the users of the Nokia 5.3 and the Nokia 7.2 have said about the smartphones on the Internet. Let’s start with the negatives.

Negative reviews

The Nokia 5.3

  1. There is no case included.
  2. It has a low screen resolution.
  3. It shoots video poorly.

The Nokia 7.2

  1. It heats up while loading.
  2. The camera is not very good at night.
  3. The battery isn’t very capacious.

Positive reviews

The Nokia 5.3

  1. It’s possible to expand the memory with a separate slot.
  2. It has a fast fingerprint scanner.
  3. It is pure Android.
  4. The autonomy is high.

The Nokia 7.2

  1. It has a high-definition screen.
  2. The camera is nice.
  3. The autonomy is high.
  4. There is an NFC module.

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