If you’re looking for a budget phone this year, two new phones were just released — Nokia 2.3 and Realme 5i. One features Android One with guaranteed up to three years of software patches while the other has everything you wish for in a mid-range device. That said, which one should you purchase?
Realme 5i and Nokia 2.3 Differences
Advantages of Realme 5i
- splash resistance
- 6.52″ display
- Snapdragon 665
- dedicated microSD slot
- quad cameras
- 8MP selfie camera
- Wi-Fi ac
- 5000mAh battery
- up to 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
- electronic image stabilization
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- blue color
Advantages of Nokia 2.3
- 183 grams
- charcoal (black) and sand (gold) colors
Realme 5i and Nokia 2.3 Similarities
- 720p+ resolution
- Android 9 Pie
- IPS LCD with a teardrop notch
- polycarbonate build
- microSD slot of up to 256GB
- Bluetooth 5.0
- audio jack
- single selfie camera
- FM radio
- 10W standard charging
- micro USB
- green color
Which is a better buy between the Realme 5i and Nokia 2.3?
Design and Display
Nokia 2.3 is the lighter and thinner phone in this comparison. However, both have polycarbonate build. Realme 5i has the advantage due to its splash resistance body. But if we’re talking about aesthetic, Nokia’s entry-level phone has a 3D textured finish on the back for better grip.
Although both are using a teardrop notch on their IPS LCD, Realme is the larger screen at 6.52″ vs 6.2″ and even comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. Quality-wise, it’s the same 720p+ resolution display.
Expect better performance out of the Snapdragon 665 of Realme 5i. It has eight cores to boot and a decent Adreno 610 GPU. As for Nokia 2.3, its innards are made to accommodate basic tasks. The Helio A22 chipset features four cores only with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It’s only paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. However, it does come with longer software support through the Android One program. It’s guaranteed to receive three years of security update and two years of major OS upgrade. As of writing, both devices are running Android 9 Pie with scheduled Android 10 upgrade.
Additionally, there’s no fingerprint scanner on Nokia 2.3 making Realme 5i the more secure phone.
Realme 5i | Nokia 2.3
- 12MP f1.8 vs 13MP f2.2 – main
- 8MP f2.3 vs n/a – ultrawide
- 2MP f2.4 vs n/a – macro
- 2MP f2.4 vs 2MP – depth
- 8MP f/2.0 vs 5MP f/2.4 – selfie camera
No matter how you slice it, Realme 5i has better camera hardware than Nokia 2.3. Aside from the main camera, it can also take ultrawide and macro shots. There’s also gyro-EIS that’s hardly found in an entry-level device. This allows for smooth video recording. Last but not least is the ability to record up to 4K @ 30fps.
Both phones are using south-firing speakers with support for the audio jack.
Battery and Charging
Both again are using micro USB to charge their batteries at 10W. However, Realme 5i is known as the battery king with its 5000mAh capacity. While Nokia 2.3 carries a common 4000mAh capacity that’s still generous by today’s standards. Do take note that charging the larger battery at the standard rate takes more time.
Nokia 2.3 is selling for P5,990 already while Realme 5i is set to arrive around P6,990 (around the original price of Realme 5). Android One is great and all but the importance of software update doesn’t mean that much if we’re talking about entry-level devices. Not because the device doesn’t benefit from it, but because cheap phones are easy to replace and upgrade from. And even if that wasn’t the case, Realme 5i still offers better value for money.
|Specs||Realme 5i||Nokia 2.3|
|Display||6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 3+||6.2-inch HD+, IPS LCD, teardrop notch|
|Dimensions||164.4 x 75 x 9.3 mm, 195g||157.7 x 75.4 x 8.7 mm, 183g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)||Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm), Quad-core processor|
|GPU||Adreno 610||PowerVR GE8320|
|Memory||3GB, 4GB with dedicated microSD up to 256GB||3GB + 32GB expandable storage of up to 400GB|
|Main Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor (dedicated macro camera)
|13 MP, f/2.2, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, AF
2 MP, depth sensor | up to 1080p video
|Front Camera||8 MP, f/2.0||5MP f2.4|
|Connectivity||face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner||face unlock|
|Security||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, MicroUSB, audio jack||4G LTE Wi-Fi b/g/n, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, MicroUSB, audio jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 5000mAh battery (10W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (10W charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; ColorOS 6||Android 9.0 (Pie), planned upgrade to Android 10.0; Android One|
|Prices||VTD 3,690,000 or ~P8K||P5,990|