Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus!

Nokia 5.1 Plus  Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus 
Nokia 5.1 Plus Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus
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Excellence Score
36.5
22.3
Value for Money Score
86.7
64.4
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 10,240 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #71 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 308
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama F/1.9 Aperture, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View LED Flash, F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 160 gm 178 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 3300 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
Other Features Noise Filtration ANT+ Support
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Nice, practical design
  • Easy to hold and operate, despite its big screen size of 6-inches
  • Lightweight (due to the plastic build)
  • Has a good grip in the hand
  • Galaxy J4+ sports a 6-inch HD+ Infinity display with a resolution of 1480 x 720 pixels - the display has good brightness levels, and is legible even under direct sunlight - nor does the display hurt your eyes while using in the dark at minimum brightness
  • Decent rear camera - performs pretty well and holds together in most situations, whether it be in very good light or moderate light (there is a bit of detail loss and noise in low light situations. However, at this price point, it is acceptable)
  • Good battery life - will comfortably give a day of use even with heavy usage
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The plastic build feels cheap when you hold it in your hand though - there are certainly other, more premium build devices in this price bracket
  • Face unlock is a bit of a hit-and-miss
  • However, unlike the previous Galaxy J4 (and earlier budget Samsung devices), the J4+ has an IPS LCD display panel, instead of a Super AMOLED panel - which means the blacks are not that black - having an AMOLED display even in budget brackets used to be one of the strengths of Samsung, so it's a little disappointing to see them moving away from it
  • The performance from the Snapdragon 425 processor, combined with 2GB of RAM, is ok in daily use, but this is definitely not a device you can push a lot - heavy apps, games, and multi-tasking is less than a smooth experience - if you have basic use case (making calls, keeping up on social media, replying to emails) it will suffice, else you will be better off looking elsewhere
  • Average front camera - there is a loss of detail in well-lit shots and the colour reproduction is inaccurate - in low light conditions, the front camera performs even worse - low light images are often washed out and lack details
  • Samsung Galaxy J4+ doesn't have a lot going for it other than a good battery and primary camera performance - it will have a tough time competing with other smartphones like the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Nokia 5.1 Plus, and Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 Pro in this price bracket
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  12. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. There are better devices in the market, that you can get
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  4. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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