Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the realme 2 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 5.1 Plus!

Nokia 5.1 Plus  realme 2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 5.1 Plus realme 2
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Excellence Score
36.5
31.1
Value for Money Score
86.7
84.7
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 8,990 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 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, 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 P60Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #55 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 506
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-C USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP
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 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, 5P Lens, Bokeh mode, Live AR sticker, AI beautification 2.0, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI beautification 2.0, AR sticker, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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
Thickness 8 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 160 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 4230 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 Gaming time: 10 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15hrs, Audio Playback Time: 18hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 18hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Dual VoLTE; 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
  • Stunning, unique design, carrying on the design language of the Realme 1 - the first thing you notice about this device is the back panel - it is made of fibreglass body with a Diamond-like finish at the back, which reflects light in attractive ways - continues to be one of the best-looking devices you will find in the budget segment
  • The rounded edges provide good grip
  • Now includes a fingerprint sensor, which was missing in the Realme 1
  • The display is now a slightly larger 'notch' panel - it provides an immersive experience, decent colours, and wide viewing angles
  • ColorOS UI adds some useful features like an AI board (which can be accessed by swiping left on the Home and shows stuff like steps count, photos, favourite contacts, travel tickets), smart driving mode, app cloning, privacy password, and tons of customisation options - though, having said that, it can get somewhat cluttered too in areas such as the Settings panel, and is not quite as simple as stock Android
  • Decent dual-camera setup - does reasonably well in good lighting conditions (similar to the Realme 1) and can also additionally give some decent bokeh shots thanks to the secondary camera
  • Decent selfie camera too in daylight, again very similar in quality to the Realme 1 selfie camera
  • Excellent battery life - the combination of a 4230mAh battery, and AI battery management means that the phone can comfortably last the day even with heavy use - and go up to 2 days with light to moderate use
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 is another good phone in the Realme series, with a beautiful design, and is essentially an alternative to the Realme 1 (as opposed to a 'better' successor) - it gains over the Realme 1 in terms of a slightly larger 'notch' display with Gorilla Glass protection, and better battery life - and lags behind it in terms of display resolution, and speed/performance - which one you prefer might be down to what you value more
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 back panel is prone to scratches and fingerprints (you will probably want to use the included case)
  • While the display is slightly larger, the resolution is actually a degrade over the Realme 1
  • At the same time, the display is also reflective and not the most bright, which means sunlight legibility is not the best
  • While the phone works perfectly fine as a daily driver, it's performance is definitely not the best in class owing to its Snapdragon 450 internals
  • No fast charging support
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. If you are shopping for the best bang for your money, look no further
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a phone in this price range, there are better options
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A handy phone for someone who isn’t a power user, and looks for a device that looks good and offers a lot of features
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone in this price that offers a stellar battery life, and a design that you can flaunt, the Realme 2 is a good option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Still good value for money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Impresses with its design, battery performance and it is one of the cheapest phones to come with a notched display
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The premium-looking phone comes with too many compromises
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great-looking smartphone
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The cheapest phone with a notch
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. There are better options out in the market
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If you are not a camera enthusiast and want a budget phone model with strong build and long battery life, Realme 2 would be a good choice
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Realme 2 has a couple of compromises, but it is still one the best phones you can buy right now at this price
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
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