Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Nokia 5.1 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Nokia 5.1  Nokia 6.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia 5.1 Nokia 6 (2018)
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Excellence Score
16.9
18.0
Value for Money Score
37.0
29.7
Price ₹ 14,499 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 439 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P18 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860 MP2 Adreno 508
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
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), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR, Bothie
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84.6-degree Field of view F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Autofocus, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 128 GB Yes, 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 8.15 mmMedium
Weight 150 gmLight 172 gmMedium
Width 70.7 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 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 Support Yes
Included Fast Charger 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
  • Excellent, tank-like build quality and industrial design - the phone has been milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium, and feels incredibly solid in the hand
  • The accents around the rear camera and the frame add a nice flair to the design
  • Supports face recognition too, apart from the fingerprint sensor, and it works fairly well
  • Nice, 5.5-inch LCD screen - a step up from the original Nokia 6 with punchier colours and higher brightness (however, the viewing angles could have been better)
  • One of the best parts about the new Nokia 6 is that its now part of the Android One series, which means it will be getting direct and quick updates from Google itself (HMD Global has promised updates to Android P as well as Android Q, when they are released)
  • Of course the UI is stock Android which is always a good thing, in terms of keeping things nice and simple - the only additions are some simple add-ons like 'Glance screen' (which shows notifications for missed calls, alarms, and notifications without waking the phone from sleep) and a couple of motion-triggered gestures
  • The Snapdragon 630 equipped Nokia 6 (2018) does very well with overall speed/performance, even with intensive use, and handles everything thrown at it, and in those terms is a big leap over the earlier Nokia 6
  • It also does not get warm even when playing resource-intensive games, navigating around town with the GPS, or recording videos in full-HD - which is always a good thing
  • The cameras on the Nokia 6 are a mixed bag - they do decently well in good lighting (especially the rear camera), but not quite so in low lighting - they are decent at still photography, but video recording is pretty average
  • Call quality is clear and crisp, and network reception is good too
  • Decent (though not great) battery life - will last the day with moderate use - similar to the earlier Nokia 6
  • The battery now also supports fast charging - you will go from an empty tank to around 40 percent in 30 minutes, which is fairly good
  • It is not a phone that will get easily damaged by dropping, and wear & tear, and it could well be a contender for the most durable smartphone of the year
  • Support for OZO audio recording gives a very good audio recording quality
  • Supports the modern USB-C port (instead of the microUSB port of the earlier Nokia 6)
  • On the whole, the Nokia 6.1 provides a solid option in a very competitive segment - it wins out on 2 key parameters - the stock Android UI and promise of future updates, and the ruggedness of the phone - at the same time, it is beaten by the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of having a beautiful modern bezel-less display, better ergonomics, and better camera performance, especially in low light
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
  • At 8.5mm, the smartphone is not the slimmest out there and it feels quite bulky in the hand - the thick borders above and below the screen do not help matters, and single-handed use over long periods might not be very comfortable as the phone is a bit too wide
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is not the best - it is slow and inaccurate at times, and the location is somewhat unergonomic
Expert Reviews
  1. Fantastic design on a budget
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. gsmarena.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. The Nokia 6 (2018) is a great smartphone for its class, and we are sure the Nokia fans will appreciate it
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Brings some welcome improvements over its predecessor: a faster processor, 4K video and fast charging
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. HMD’s reboot of last year’s Nokia 6 is a tasty, thick slice of pure Android goodness
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Huge upgrade over its predecessor
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Nokia 6.1 is durable, fast, and receives timely updates...You can't ask for more from a phone at this price
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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