Our Opinion

The Nokia 7.1 is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7.1!

Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Nokia 7.1 
Nokia 5.1 Plus Nokia 7.1
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Excellence Score
20.7
26.6
Value for Money Score
56.9
63.6
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 13,695 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, HDR10 Compliant, PureDisplay
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 509
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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.28µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, Bokeh mode, Zeiss optics, Panorama, HDR, Gyro-EIS
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 160 gmMedium
Width 72.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 3060 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 408 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 19.50 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration NFC; 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 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
  • The thing that will immediately catch your attention with the Nokia 7.1 is just how well-built the phone is
  • There's an aluminium frame all around the phone with flat edges and gracefully curved sides - the back is made entirely out of glass
  • The power and volume buttons feel good to press, nothing rattles when you shake the phone, and the 160g weight adds a nice bit of heft and keeps the Nokia 7.1 from feeling overly lightweight
  • Overall, this is a phone that easily looks and feels like something far more expensive, and that all contributes to a much more enjoyable experience in day-to-day use compared to something with a lesser design
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Absolutely gorgeous display - easily one of the best in the mid-range - it's sharp, colorful, and supports HDR content (which is pretty amazing for this price bracket) - it also get plenty bright
  • Overall the display is pretty much 'flagship-standard'
  • Being an Android One phone means that the Nokia 7.1 is running a stock build of Android with a UI not unlike what you'll find on Google's Pixel phones - it's clean, snappy, and a downright joy to use - and it's guaranteed to receive two years of software updates and three years of monthly security patches
  • Performance is good in daily use with a solid mid-range Snapdragon 636
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras - they work quickly, apply HDR, and give good results in all kinds of conditions - you will be mostly impressed
  • Portraits are especially good (class leading)
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Overall, the cameras are on par with the very good cameras on the Poco F1, which will be one of its main competitors
  • The solo speaker on the bottom is sufficiently loud and clear
  • If you’re into wireless audio, the smartphone also supports hi-res audio playback via Qualcomm aptX, which not only amplifies the playback but also adds a rich flavor, especially when you’re streaming media online
  • Decent battery life - with a 3060 mAh unit, it will last you the day with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • Overall, Nokia 7.1 looks like another winner from the Nokia camp and will be a great all-round option in this price bracket especially for those users who want stock Android and don't need top-end performance - if you do need the best performance for your buck, for instance if you do a lot of gaming, you should be looking at the Poco F1 or the Honor Play instead
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 glass back is of course slippery and attracts fingerprints, like all glass backs do
  • It is definitely not the best performing phone of the price bracket though - so if you are a power user/play a lot of games - then this is not the phone for you - you would be better served with Snapdragon 660, or Snapdragon 845 phones around this price
  • Again however, battery life is not the strong point for the Nokia 7.1 - there are many higher battery capacity phones around 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. One of the best Android One phones on the market
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. We like the Nokia 7.1 a lot...it's a handset that will serve you well
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A great choice for those who aren't into the latest mobile games, but are looking for a great everyday experience
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. For the average joe, the Nokia 7.1 would make for a solid everyday smartphone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Reliable, dependable, and trustworthy...a great 'everyday' phone
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. This isn’t a powerful smartphone for the price, but it compensated with a great display and a good camera
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A great value proposition
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. All elements come together to create a device that works just as good as it feels...and that is how the 7.1 excels
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. On paper, the Nokia 7.1 looks like one of the best phones at the price, but it’s let down by poor battery life and general performance
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A new contender for the mid-range king
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  19. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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