Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 5.1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus!

Nokia 5.1  Nokia 5.1 Plus 
Nokia 5.1 Nokia 5.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
30.7
36.5
Value for Money Score
70.4
86.7
Price ₹ 12,709 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.86 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 439 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P18 MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860 MP2 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 USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 13MP + 5MP
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), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84.6-degree Field of view F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8 mm
Weight N/A 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) 588 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 53 hrs, Video Playback Time (1080p): Up to 9.4 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Fantastic design, with high-end detailing - like Nokia's other recent phones, it look extremely classy in an understated, minimalist way - it also feels smooth in the hand and is all curves and soft aluminium - and the colours aren’t reflective and shiny: they’re matte anodised and stylish - Nokia’s sense of minimalist design is up there with the best - in fact, many would find this a nicer looking handset than many more much pricier handsets
  • As well as looking like a high-end smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 feels comfortable in the hand thanks to curved edges, and the 18:9 aspect ratio provides a larger display without being too unwieldy
  • The fingerprint scanner on the rear of the smartphone is very quick to unlock
  • The tall 18:9 Gorilla Glass 3-coated screen is pretty nice IPS panel, with a decent contrast ratio, decent sunlight legibility, and high resolution
  • The key draw of the Nokia 5.1 of course is that it's part of the Android One series - that means you get pure stock Android, along with a promise of updates for 2 years
  • Decent rear camera - takes decent snaps with good details - colours tend to be a bit off though - and its not quite as good as the rear camera of the Moto G6
  • 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]
  • Not the best performing phone in this price bracket - the Helio P18 is similar to the Snapdragon 450 - and therefore slightly better than last year’s Nokia 5, which was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 - but not as powerful as the fastest phones in this price bracket - while daily performance is just fine, heavy games will definitely tend to struggle
  • Low light performance is pretty ordinary - pictures come out dark, and details are soft
  • The front camera too is rather average
  • Battery life could have been better - its a downgrade from the Nokia 5 - and while it will usually last you the day with moderate use, there are definitely phones in this price bracket with much better battery life
  • Overall, as it turns out, the beauty of the Nokia 5.1 is somewhat skin deep - both performance and battery life are a bit of a letdown - unless you really value the design above all else, you may be better off looking at other devices in this price bracket
  • 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. Nokia’s sense of minimalist design is up there with the best....the beauty is somewhat skin deep, though, and both performance and battery life are a letdown
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  2. A tempting option for those on a budget...but the performance isn’t the best that we’ve seen
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  3. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  4. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidpolice.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 »
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