Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Lenovo K9 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB).

Lenovo K9  Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Lenovo K9 Nokia 5.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
23.2
28.3
Value for Money Score
76.5
74.4
Price ₹ 6,740 onwards ₹ 9,850 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 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 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android QAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.86 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 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 #54 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #32 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
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 13MP + 5MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 13MP: AutoFocus; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, Selfie Light F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View
Internal Memory 32 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 7.9 mm 8 mm
Weight 155 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 N/A Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful glass-based unibody design - gives a premium feel both in terms of looks, and how it is to hold in the hand
  • Nice, transparent shell cover included in the retail box
  • Fairly fast, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Nice, tall 5.7-inch HD+ screen with 2.5D glass cover - it is bright and crisp, with good sunlight legibility
  • Packs Android 8.1 Oreo with a simple, clean interface, and not too much bloat
  • Packs a solid Helio P22 processor (similar to Snapdragon 625) and 3GB RAM to deliver smooth performance in day-to-day use
  • Decent dual rear camera setup - takes decent quality pictures in well light conditions - macro shots also come off reasonably ok
  • The dual front camera setup too takes decent selfies and has a dedicated LED flash
  • Overall, the cameras are on par with other decent camera phones in this price bracket (but not exceptional as one might have thought, given the 4 cameras and the camera-centric branding)
  • Houses a solid 3000mAh battery - will comfortably last the day with moderate use
  • One of the surprisingly good things about the K9 is the implementation of the USB Type-C port, which makes it the only phone in its price segment to offer it
  • Overall, the K9 turns out to be a pretty decent budget dual-camera phone - and can give some competition to the likes of Redmi 6 in this price segment
  • 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]
  • Low light performance of the cameras is average
  • 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. If you like the looks of the Lenovo K9, it could be an alternative to the Xiaomi Redmi 6
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Decent budget dual-camera phone...will give a stiff fight to the Redmi 6
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Ticking off most of the boxes
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  5. indianexpress.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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