Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the LG W30, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

LG W30  Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
LG W30 Nokia 5.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
19.2
22.7
Value for Money Score
57.4
63.1
Price ₹ 9,499 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.26 inches 5.86 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features N/A FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #69 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 12MP + 2MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor, 13MP: 100-degree Ultra-wide camera, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Bokeh Effect 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.5 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 172 gmMedium 160 gmMedium
Width 78.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 72.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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 Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good overall build quality, and materials
  • Sharp, premium looks, thanks to its chrome-plated sides and a brushed aluminium pattern on the back (which is a 2.5D curved plastic)
  • The front looks modern too, with a dewdrop notch display (though bezels/chin are on the relatively thick side)
  • The front glass and the sides have rounded edges, making the LG W30 very comfortable to hold
  • Useful notification LED
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is accurate (though on the slow side)
  • Decent, vivid display
  • The software is kept nice and simple with a near-stock Android experience (which is a wise choice by LG)
  • There are a bunch of useful add-on features too, including scrolling screenshots, gestures and shortcuts, and MediaTek's DuraSpeed option (which lets you force apps to stay active in the background)
  • Just about decent overall camera performance for the price bracket
  • Very good battery life - the low-powered SoC, coupled with the HD display resolution and 4000mAh battery capacity result in very good battery life - you will get up to 2 days of use with a single charge
  • 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 efficient Helio P60 - for day-to-day tasks, the phone will sail through smoothly, and it will only 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
  • Very good battery life - it will easily go through a whole day with enough to spare
  • 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, with stock Android
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • LG offers face recognition too, but it's also on the slow side and doesn't work at all in the dark
  • A little bit on the thicker side at 8.5mm
  • Screen resolution could have been higher
  • Performance is weak point here relative to the competition, with a comparatively weak MediaTek Helio P22 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 625) - regular use is fine, but heavier apps/games will tend to show lags/stutters
  • While LG highlights the triple rear camera setup on the W30 (standard + ultra-wide + depth sensor), which is a rarity in this price segment, the actual performance is only about ok
  • The autofocus system is a bit sluggish, and the sensor needs to hunt for a second every time it needs to lock focus
  • Objects at a distance in landscape shots sometimes lack good detail
  • There's also noticeable shutter lag when shooting, which means you and your subject have to stay still for a second or two after hitting the shutter button in order to avoid blur
  • Wide-angle shots are good to have but exhibit less detail and visible noise - there's also noticeable barrel distortion on objects towards the sides of the frame
  • In the bokeh mode, edge detection feels a little crude - and the frame rate in the viewfinder drops in this mode, which makes it choppy and a little challenging to frame a shot correctly
  • Low light quality is average too (Night mode helps a bit, but not much)
  • The 16-megapixel front camera captures ok selfies but has trouble correctly exposing them, leaving blown-out highlights, even with HDR enabled - in low light, image quality is average at best
  • The LG W30 can shoot video at up to 1080p, however, there's no electronic stabilisation for either of the sensors - image quality isn't great, and bright areas in the footage are often overexposed - continuous autofocus also doesn't work well all the time
  • The single speaker at the bottom gets quite loud but the quality is below average - highs are shrill and the overall sound is tinny
  • Overall, the W30 is just an average device in a hyper-competitive segment, and will find it very tough to compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Asus, which offer higher resolution displays, faster processors, and better cameras
  • 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
  • The cameras have slow-ish shutter speed which can sometimes result in hazy pictures, if you don't keep a steady hand
Expert Reviews
  1. You can find better all-round options from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, and Asus in this price segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. LG has done an overall good job with its comeback phone...but it does have issues
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The strong point of the LG W30 is its triple rear camera setup....but it has compromised on other parameters
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Good-looking smartphone...but the performance is weak as compared to the rest of the competition, and the camera result is quite average
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Decent phone...but falls short of high-standards set by competition in this segment
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Hard to recommend
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. We were impressed by the overall quality and performance of the Nokia 5.1 Plus
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good option at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Worth the money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Design and software is the focus...but misses out on the performance aspect
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The new budget superstar
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Stands out in the budget segment, courtesy of its classy design and clean software experience
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A breath of fresh air
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. HMD notches yet another win in the affordable segment
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
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