Hat trick: The Nokia 5 goes official in South Africa

HMD Global has officially brought the Nokia 5 to South Africa, and the device will be available for both prepaid and contract offerings.

Following on from the debut of both the new Nokia 3310 and the Nokia 3, HMD Global has officially brought the mid-range Nokia 5 to local shores.
The Nokia 5, which sits above the entry-level Nokia 3 and beneath the premiere Nokia 6, offers an affordable price point with equitable specs.
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Let’s break it down; the Nokia 5 accommodates Android 7.1.1 Nougat without the need for a software skin and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. The device features 16GB of expandable storage, 2GB of RAM, and a sizeable 3,000mAh battery.
Lastly, the device includes a 13-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel selfie shooter, and supports both a fingerprint scanner and LTE.
HMD Global announced that the device would be available through Vodacom, Cellucity, and MTN.
On contract, the Nokia 5 will set consumers back R229 ZAR per month on Vodacom’s uChoose Flexi 200, R259 ZAR per month on the network’s Smart Top Up S+, and R359 ZAR per month on Smart Top Up M+.
MTN will offer the handset through its MTNChoice Flexi R200 contract at R249 ZAR per month, and the finally the device will set consumers back R2,999 should they choose to buy the handset outright.

The resurgence of the Nokia brand in South Africa is an interesting advent for consumers, as the marque will have to contest entrenched entities such as Samsung and Huawei in the mid-range and entry-level markets.
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What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in buying the Nokia 5, or has your attention turned to another handset? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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