Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4: Besides sharing a circular camera module and similar dimensions, what are the differences between these two budget Android phones? Which should you buy?

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4 Comparison

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These two budget Android phones share similar dimensions: they both measure exactly the same. They weight almost the same thing – one weighing only 1g more than the other. They both have the same screen size, resolution, and type. Likewise, they both have a punch hole front camera, and they both have a circular camera module and a fingerprint reader at the back.

But that is not all. They also share the same battery capacity and charging technology. They are both 4G smartphones and are available in single and dual SIM options.

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4 front
Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4 front: Can you tell the difference?

As far as definitions go, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 5.4 can be classified as identical twins. They share enough DNA to qualify for that. But even identical twins have unique traits that differentiate them. And this is the case with these two smartphones.

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4: The Differences

I have spelt out the similarities between these two phones. What of the differences? They differ in five key areas: processor, RAM, internal storage, cameras, and back panel. And from the naming scheme, you can safely assume which model is the better equipped of the two.

The Nokia 5.4 is a Nokia 3.4 with a more capable processor, bigger RAM options, bigger storage options, better front and rear cameras, and a different back panel. Let’s get into the details with our trusty comparison table.

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4: Quick Specs Comparison

Nokia 3.4 Nokia 5.4
6.39 inches, 720 x 1560 pixels, IPS LCD 6.39 inches, 720 x 1560 pixels, IPS LCD
161 x 76 x 8.7 mm 161 x 76 x 8.7 mm
180g in weight 181g in weight
Single and Dual SIM options; 4G LTE Single and Dual SIM options; 4G LTE
Android 10 (stock) Android 10 (stock)
Rear fingerprint scanner Rear fingerprint scanner
Octa-core, Snapdragon 460 (11 nm), 1.8 GHz Octa-core, Snapdragon 662 (11 nm), 2.0 GHz
8MP selfie camera 16MP selfie camera
13MP + 5MP + 2MP rear triple camera with LED flash 48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP rear quad camera with LED flash
32 GB / 64 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot 128 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot
3 GB / 4 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
4000 mAh battery + 10W quick charging 4000 mAh battery + 10W quick charging

To break it down, the Nokia 3.4 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while the 5.4 has a Snapdragon 662 processor. The processor is like the engine room of a phone. The more powerful the processor, the more powerful the phone.

What of RAM? RAM is the part of the memory of the phone that is used to open and run apps. If you love to switch between apps a lot, go with more RAM. Nokia 3.4 offers two memory variants – 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage, and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage.

Nokia 5.4, on the other hand, is available in most countries in one trim variants – with 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. This may be different in your country.

The selfie camera on the Nokia 3.4 is an 8-megapixel snapper, while the 5.4 doubles that to 16 megapixels.

At the back, the 3.4 has a triple camera made up of a 13-megapixel main lens, 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Nokia 5.4 has a quad camera configuration made up of a 48-megapixel main lens, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both have LED flash for night photography.

The back panels of both devices have a striking difference. That of the Nokia 3.4 has a diagonally grooved texture that makes for an easier grip in the hand. You will not have to worry about the phone slipping off a surface easily.

But the back panel of the Nokia 5.4 is smooth and slippery, like glass. It isn’t glass though; it is plastic, but it feels and acts like glass. It is a more premium look and feel, but the device is more likely to slip out of your hand or off an inclined surface.

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4 back

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4: In Summary

Nokia 5.4 has a more powerful processor, more RAM, more storage, better cameras, and a more premium back panel than the 3.4 has.

In practical terms, with the 5.4 you get better smartphone performance, shoot better pictures, record better videos, and a more premium look.

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.4: Prices

From the specs and features, it is clear that the Nokia 3.4 is the more affordable of the two. The single SIM variant sells for $179.99 in the United States. That trim is not available in Nigeria, but you will find the 4/64 GB, dual SIM variant for 57,800 in stores across the country.

Nokia 5.4 is available from $249.99 for the 4/128 GB, dual SIM variant in the United States and other countries. In Nigeria, that same variant is available from 82,000 at brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online stores.

At the end of the day, which of these two you buy is likely a question of what your budget is. From my experience with both, you will be getting solid hardware, clean software, and good performance, along with two years of guaranteed software updates.

Check out my Nokia 3.4 review, as well as Nokia 5.4 hands-on. The full review of the latter will be ready in a matter of days.

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2 comments

  1. Since price is an issue for me being on Social Security, I’m looking for a bigger screen and upgrades for the Android system because I have a Huawei honor mate tablet WiFi only because of the ban and I see it’s operating on Android 8, I haven’t gotten updates since January 2020!

    I’m reading every thing about each phone but what I’m not seeing is can it be purchased directly? The other question is when you say available in Nigeria is it only available there?

    The other important thing for me is does it use WiFi 5.0 802.11 because data is costly, and I’m home most of the time and I have comcast with my apartment That’s for your work

  2. Hello Debbie,

    I’m reading every thing about each phone but what I’m not seeing is can it be purchased directly? The other question is when you say available in Nigeria is it only available there?

    Yes; you can purchase the Nokia 3.4 and 5.4 directly from stores and online stores in many countries.

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