Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 4.2, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Nokia 4.2  Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 4.2 Nokia 5.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
19.8
21.2
Value for Money Score
55.9
58.4
Price ₹ 10,500 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.71 inches 5.86 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 295 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
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #77 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB 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 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 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 GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.39 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 161 gmMedium 160 gmMedium
Width 71.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use 72.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3060 mAh
Battery Standby 600 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 18.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time: upto 100 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy looks with a glass-on-front-and-back design, and a neat curved form factor - the Nokia 4.2 excels on the build and design front, and is easily on the best designed phones of this price segment
  • Compact, and very friendly for one-handed smartphone use
  • The power key houses a “breathing” notification light, which pulsates in white every time there’s a new notification
  • There is also a dedicated Google Assistant key, to fire up the assistant
  • Decent, modern, tiny-notch 5.71-inch display - with fairly rich colors
  • The best part about Nokia's phones remains the clean, stock Android One experience with the promise of regular software updates for up to two years
  • Android 9 Pie’s gesture navigation feature is enabled by default, and you get all other Pie goodies too, like Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing
  • Decent battery life with a 3000mAh battery, supported by Android Pie's Adaptive Battery feature - you will comfortably get a day even with moderate use
  • 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]
  • The glass back is of course susceptible to fingerprints and smudges
  • While the fingerprint scanner at the back works well, it’s hard to find in a hurry with just your finger as there’s no dimple
  • Powered by a Snapdragon 439, performance (especially GPU) is not the Nokia 4.2's strong suit - so while the phone is fit for everyday tasks like light browsing, video playback, calling, messaging, and light gaming - if you are more of a power user, you will want to look elsewhere
  • Camera performance too is average, both from the dual rear cameras and single front camera
  • Photos taken are moderately bright and colourful but contain an unexpected tinge of light yellow
  • Photos taken indoors appear noisy and even a bit blurry no matter how steadily the phone is held
  • The default camera app, while easy to use, is on the slow side - the digital viewfinder freezes for nearly a second when a shot is taken or a mode is changed - the lag worsens while shooting in low light - rendering Live Bokeh shots and previewing regular shots taken through Auto mode also take over a second or two to happen
  • Average single bottom firing speaker - while it's loud - music sounds shrill on the ears when played at full volume
  • One the whole, while the Nokia 4.2 is a pretty decent budget Android One phone, it loses out on the performance front, and in the camera department, so if you are looking for a better 'all-rounder' budget phone, you will find better choices around
  • 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. Nokia’s latest budget phone is a case of style over substance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Quite underwhelming
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Notwithstanding its imperfections, the Nokia 4.2 carves out a space for itself in the budget smartphone market
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. In isolation, the Nokia 4.2 is good but it falls behind when compared with other devices in the same segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Nokia 4.2 has a lot of merits, but it's marred by the processor
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. With the competition in the budget segment, Nokia 4.2 might find it hard to stand out
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Nokia 4.2 may be a good looking phone but lags behind in core departments such as camera and performance
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Good, but not good enough
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. A budget phone, but no bargain
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Android One makes this one of the more reliable buys you can make at this price point
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Decent entry level smartphone...but faces stiff competition from rivals
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Difficult to recommend...finds itself among a very competitive bunch of phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. While still providing decent value for money, we would only recommend this phone to people who are really keen on a ‘stock’ Android experience
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. A lightweight, good-looking device stuck in a time warp
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. All-in-all, we loved the Nokia 4.2
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  20. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.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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