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
34.4
22.8
Value for Money Score
86.7
65.6
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 9,990 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 #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #77 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 (Full HD)
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 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 GB up to 512 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 23.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): Upto 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): Upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Upto 16 hrs, Video Playback Time: Upto 15 hrs, Audio Playback Time: Upto 88 hrs
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 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
  • Nice, practical, appealing 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 - it's a good display for watching videos
  • Samsung Experience UI is decent as far as custom Android UIs go and packs a lot of add-on features - assorted gestures, dual messenger mode, a blue light filter, game mode, easy mode, ultra data saving mode, S Bike Mode to improve on-road safety, S Power Planning for battery management, Emotify to create emoji avatars, and more
  • 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
  • The cameras have slow-ish shutter speed which can sometimes result in hazy pictures, if you don't keep a steady hand
  • The plastic build can feel a bit cheap when you hold it in your hand though - there are other, more premium build devices in this price bracket
  • There’s a pattern of very tiny dots under the glass on the rear, and unfortunately it really highlights the amount of smudges that the phone picks up
  • The phone is also a bit on the heavy and unwieldy side for comfortable everyday use
  • 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
  • There are also a lot of Samsung’s promotional apps and widgets though, that could have been avoided
  • Another major annoyance is that with two SIMs inserted, Samsung’s SMS app shows two tiny send buttons right next to one another, and you have to be very careful about which one you are hitting when sending messages
  • The performance from the Snapdragon 425 processor, combined with 2GB of RAM, is pretty mediocre - this is definitely not a device you can push a lot - there are lags everywhere - heavy apps, games, and multi-tasking is not a good experience - if you have basic use case (making calls, keeping up on social media, replying to emails) it will suffice, else you will be much better off looking elsewhere - most other good phones at this price level vastly outclass the J4+
  • Average rear camera - there is especially a lot of detail loss and noise in low light situations - well lit situations are also not that great
  • 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
  • Videos come out looking pretty shaky
  • Shutter lag is an issue with both cameras
  • Even otherwise, both cameras are pretty slow and unresponsive at times, like the rest of the UI
  • The built-in speaker is pretty harsh and screechy at higher volumes
  • Slow charging speed - takes about an hour to get from 0 to 30%
  • Samsung Galaxy J4+ doesn't have a lot going for it other than a decent battery - especially the performance is just not competitive - 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. 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 »
  1. The performance is just not competitive at all as compared to other smartphones in this price segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Priced on a higher side and you have much better options in online e-commerce market
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. There are better devices in the market, that you can get
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The new Galaxy J phones are average at best
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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