Nokia C5-03 set to replace Nokia 5800XM

Nokia had announced C5-03 in October and this phone is now set for release in India at 10k price point. For long, 5800XM has been  one of the best low-midrange Symbian handset. After Nokia 5235 (8k retail price), the next best Symbian touch device is X6 which retails for 15k, and it doesn’t really justify the 14k+ price tag. C5-03 should fill that gap, which was taken care by old horse 5800XM. C5-03 doesn’t boast of any new features. Consider it as 5800XM v2.


First, let’s take a quick look at specifications:


  • Size: 105.8 x 51 x 13.8 mm
  • Weight (with battery): 93 g
  • Volume: 65 cc

Display and user interface:

  • Screen size: 3.2″ 16M resisitve touch
  • Resolution: 640 x 360 (nHD)
  • Symbian S60v5


  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Video resolution: 640×480, 15fps


  • ARM 11 600MHz
  • Internal memory: 40 MB
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 16 GB

Data network:

  • GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296 kpbs downlink/177.6 kbps uplink
  • HSDPA category 9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA category 5, maximum speed up to 2 Mbps


  • 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm AV


  • 1000mAh Li-Ion battery BL-4U
  • 11.5hrs (2G), 4.7hrs (3G) talktime
  • 25days standby (2G)
  • 35hrs music playback
  • 7.5hrs video playback


  • Integrated with A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Ovi Maps 3.0, lifetime free navigation license

When compared to 5800XM (which it is going to replace), C5-03 has:

  • thinner and lighter and better looking build
  • faster 3G
  • better processing speed
  • triband HSDPA
  • less onboard memory
  • no proximity sensor
  • inferior camera, no camera flash and poor video recording quality
  • smaller battery

    When comapared to 5230, C5-03 has:

    • thinner and lighter build
    • faster 3G
    • better processing speed
    • faster triband HSDPA
    • better camera
    • 802.11 b/g (wi-fi)
    • less onboard memory
    • no proximity sensor
    • smaller battery

    As one can see, this phone is slightly inferior when compared to 5800XM but a better phone than 5230 in features. If priced at 9k, this phone can give a touch competition in the low-mid range market and it’s main competitors will be:

    • Samsung  Galaxy 5
    • Samsung Wave 525
    • LG GT540 Optimus
    • Samsung Galaxy 3
    • HTC Smart