Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus!

Nokia 5.1 Plus  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia 5.1 Plus Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
36.5
34.4
Value for Money Score
86.7
75.4
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 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 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25 um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 160 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 408 hrs
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 Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
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 design (although it's largely recycled from the Redmi Note 4) - with a polished and minimalist feel - and good build quality
  • Good, fast fingerprint sensor
  • One of the major improvements over its predecessor is the modern bright, tall, 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - bringing the Redmi Note series on par with the current display trend
  • Apart from the form factor of the display, it is otherwise pretty good too - in terms of brightness levels, sunlight legibility, customisable color modes, and a nifty reading mode (that puts a monochrome tint over the display much like an e-ink panel)
  • The MIUI interface over Android is snappy, minimalistic and packed with nifty features - the MIUI 9 brings in a bunch of optimisations including the newer F2FS file storage format, real-time defragmentation and dynamic resource allocation, among other things - the nifty ‘Quick Ball’ offers another way to navigate the phone while ‘Dual Instance’ allows two accounts of the same app to run on the phone
  • Good speed/performance, based on the same hardware as the Redmi Note 4 - feels snappy to use - apps don’t take much time to load and games run just fine with minimal stutters
  • The other (small) improvement over its predecessor is in terms of a slightly better camera - the combination of the larger pixel size and lower aperture allows more light to fit into individual pixels with lesser spillage - the results are slightly better detail reproduction, improved dynamic range and deeper contrasts - the camera on the Redmi Note 5 is also high on contrasts, and this helps with indoor shots too
  • The camera app also has a good bunch of filters
  • Overall, the rear camera is pretty good (though not the absolute best in this price bracket)
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Also continues the stellar battery life performance of its predecessor, with the same 4, 000mAh battery - the battery life lasts way over a day and then some - if you need a phone that lasts really long, this is without a doubt the phone to get
  • Decent (though not exceptional) charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Redmi Note 5 is a solid upgrade over its super popular predecessor - if there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
  • When pitched against the competition, the phone wins particularly in terms of battery life and the display quality - the camera quality is also good, although it may not be at par with what the Honor 7X or the Moto G5 Plus has, but it’s enough to get appreciated on social media, and that’s mostly what people want
  • Overall, if you're looking for a no-nonsense device that offers the right mix of battery life and performance, you can't go wrong with the Redmi Note 5
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
  • Recycled design - continues the same design language as the Redmi Note 4
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs but there is still some unnecessary bloat - for instance, there are also two apps for the same thing — Music, Gallery, Browser, etc. which takes up precious storage and cannot be deleted
  • Still continues with the old micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C which is quickly becoming the modern standard
  • Unlike when the Redmi Note 4 was launched, there are now other phones in this price bracket that can offer pretty solid competition to the Redmi Note 5 - the likes of Honor 9 Lite for instance - it comes with a similar 18:9 display, front and back glass design, dual cameras at the front and back that let you add DLSR-like bokeh effects to your selfies, and ships with Android Oreo out-of-the-box
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. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Redmi Note 5 takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving Xiaomi another good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Overall, if you’ve been using the Note 3, then the upgrade to the Note 5 will be completely worth it
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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