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Nokia brings its pretty, budget-friendly 5.4 smartphone to the US

It might strike the right balance between speed and value.
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February 1, 2021
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TL;DR
  • Nokia is releasing the 5.4 in the US on February 15.
  • The budget phone packs a Snapdragon 662, a 48MP main camera and some style for $250.
  • It ships with Android 10, but Nokia is promising two years of OS feature updates.

You won’t have to wait long if you’re looking for a budget phone in the US that still delivers reasonably brisk performance. HMD Global is bringing an unlocked version of the Nokia 5.4 to the US with a February 15 release date at a fairly affordable $250 price. It’s available to pre-order now at Amazon.

As with the international version, the US-bound Nokia 5.4 aims for a balance between the usual staples of low-cost phones with a dash of style and speed. The 6.4-inch 720p screen won’t thrill you, but that’s paired with a solid Snapdragon 662 chip, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery that supposedly provides up to two days of use. You can also get the phone in an eye-catching purple (“Dusk”) or deep blue (“Polar Night”).

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The 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra-wide sensor and 2MP macro cam are common for phones in this class, but the 16MP hole-punch selfie shooter might be more than you were expecting. The most conspicuous outward design compromise is a rear fingerprint reader instead of the in-display sensors reaching many recent phones.

Part of the allure may come from the software. The Nokia 5.4 is shipping with a largely stock Android 10, but there are promises of two years of OS feature updates and three years of security patches.

Whether or not the Nokia 5.4 is a good value depends on your budget and priorities. It might not offer as much bang for the buck as Google’s Pixel 4a, but you’re also saving $100 — this may be just what you want if you’re less concerned about camera quality and CPU speed than basics like screen size and battery.