Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 9N (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus!

Huawei Honor 9N (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Nokia 5.1 Plus 
Huawei Honor 9N Nokia 5.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
34.9
36.5
Value for Money Score
72.7
86.7
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 5.86 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features PDAF, HDR, Panorama 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 2.0µm Pixel Size F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 8 mm
Weight 152 gm 160 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3060 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium, glass-based design - arguably the best-looking smartphone in its price range - takes a lot of cues from its expensive brethren (like the Honor 10) in its design which basically means that you are getting a modern looking smartphone for quite an affordable price
  • The build quality is great too - the smartphone feels solid in hand and is very well build - the glass on glass construction gives it a premium vibe
  • Compact size - the smartphone is perfect for one-handed use and is neither too small nor too large - anyone who appreciates ergonomics will like this phone
  • Very good collection of colors, so you can pick to your taste (something not common in the budget price bracket)
  • Excellent display - a 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and a modern 19:9 aspect ratio (with minimal bezels) which means that you are getting more vertical space which is good for things like reading and social media apps - overall it is one of the best IPS panels in this price bracket - the colors are on point and the display features very good viewing angles - it also gets fairly bright and sunlight visibility is no problem here
  • Huawei’s EMUI skin, though somewhat bloated, brings a tons of customizability, features, and theming capabilities which is not found on stock Android (it also uses lots of vibrant colors in its iconography which depending on your preferences you might like or not)
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - the phone is able to capture good pictures in bright light conditions - with ample details, low noise, and good dynamic range - even the portrait shots are above average with the background blur not feeling artificial
  • Decent selfie camera too, in good lighting conditions
  • Good call quality with effective noise cancellation
  • The speaker gets fairly loud (however, it is very easy to muffle with your fingers, so you have to be careful while using the phone in landscape mode)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - with moderate use, you will end up 20% battery left in the tank, at the end of the day
  • Dual-SIM with dual-4G standby support
  • Classy, upmarket, glass design - easily one of the best looking phones of this price bracket
  • Compact and wonderfully lightweight
  • The fingerprint scanner at the back takes less than half a second to authenticate and unlock the phone, which is good (finding it on the back side was a little hard though, given there’s no tactile border around the scanner)
  • Decent, modern, tall 'notch' display, with good color reproduction
  • The key USP of the 5.1 Plus of course is that it's part of the Android One series, which means you’re assured of major software updates for two years on Android’s stock, bloatware-free version
  • Solid, mid-range performance backed by the Helio P60 - for most day-to-day tasks, the phone will sail through, and it will only show start showing signs of stress in heavy games/apps
  • Decent AI assisted dual rear camera setup - photos taken in daylight have accurate colours and ample brightness, bokeh mode is decent too
  • Decent front camera too in daylight, with good color reproduction
  • Audio through the one-sided speaker is clear (though not very loud)
  • Decent call quality
  • Good battery life - it will go through a whole day with enough to spare, with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • One of the very few budget phones to have a modern USB Type-C port, which is always good to see
  • Overall, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a solid choice in this price segment, especially if you’re not looking for a terrific camera phone and instead want to prioritise a good-looking and a great performing smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • One of the main issues with the phone is in terms of performance - day-to-day experience is ok but not always butter smooth - there are the odd stutters, and launching apps takes a tad bit longer than they should - a lot of this might also have to do with EMUI not being optimised, apart from the aging chipset
  • No fast charging support - takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Honor 9N, while it looks gorgeous, is let down a bit by its performance - if you want good all-round devices you should look at the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro, or ZenFone Max Pro instead - both these phones bring faster processors, better cameras, and larger batteries
  • The glass body is pretty slippery however, and also tends to attract plenty of fingerprints - so you might want to use a case
  • The notch is a pretty wide one (although you will likely get used to it pretty soon)
  • Average low light performance
  • What may annoy you the most about the cameras though is their slow-ish shutter speed which will often result in hazy pictures, unless you keep a steady hand
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a sleek phone with a great display, the Honor 9N makes for a good buy
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the most beautiful and stylish phones in this range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Brings the Honor 10’s elegant design to a sub 15K price point, but the corners that have had to be cut are obvious
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Worth it, if you’re looking for a smart-looking phone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good smartphone...most people who are planning to buy one will not regret their decision
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easily your go-to phone in 2018....checks all the necessary boxes for a youth-friendly phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A gorgeous looking smartphone, which comes with the glass body and a premium looking display....However, in terms of performance, rear camera and battery, Asus and Xiaomi have an upper hand
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Worth its price if you're looking for a good-looking device with a commendable camera...but fails to match up to the competition in some other respects
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A beautiful piece of design and hardware...but held back by its performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Worth the money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. Design and software is the focus...but misses out on the performance aspect
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Stands out in the budget segment, courtesy of its classy design and clean software experience
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. HMD notches yet another win in the affordable segment
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
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