Our Opinion

The Nokia 5 (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Sony Xperia R1 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Nokia 5 (3GB RAM) might be a slightly better choice.

Nokia 5 (3GB RAM)  Sony Xperia R1 
Nokia 5 Sony Xperia R1
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Excellence Score
21.6
20.0
Value for Money Score
64.9
65.5
Price ₹ 9,453 onwards ₹ 7,977 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2017 Nov, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Polarizer 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 505
RAM 2 GB 2 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 13.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture Predictive Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Autofocus, 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 84-degrees Wide-angle Lens Predictive Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Touch Focus, Face Detection
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.05 mm 8.89 mm
Weight N/A 154 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 2620 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration Google Cast; Screen Mirroring; Miracast
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Great design for this price bracket
  • Looks smart, and its slim, metal design is very comfortable to hold too
  • The fingerprint scanner below the screen works well and doubles as a home button
  • There's not much of a bezel around the display either, which means the body hasn't had to balloon out too much to accommodate its 5.2-inch display
  • Decent display - bright and bold
  • Runs almost stock Android UI resulting in a clean, fuss-free interface that's easy to use and nippy to navigate thanks to the phone's octa-core processor
  • Performance is good in daily use, and casual games are handled well too
  • Decent rear camera - especially in daylight - detail levels are good, noise is not an issue, colors are pleasing
  • Decent front camera - with an HDR mode that gives sharp, well-balanced selfies
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Very good battery life - comfortably lasts a whole day of use
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2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Display resolution could have been better - some competitors provide a 1080p display in this price bracket
  • Internal memory at 16GB might become a limiting factor if you install lots of apps/games
  • The performance is alright, but definitely lags behind competitors like the Moto G5 Plus or the Redmi Note 4, which have more power under the hood
  • The rear camera too is ok, but not as good as the top camera phones in this price bracket, like the Moto G5 Plus
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