Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M10s is a slightly better phone, but the Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy M10s might be a slightly better choice.

Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Samsung Galaxy M10s 
Nokia 5.1 Plus Samsung Galaxy M10s
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Excellence Score
25.5
27.2
Value for Money Score
82.1
80.9
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10Android One series Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7884BRanked #74 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G71 MP2
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-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP
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 N/A
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View N/A
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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 160 gm 169 gm
Width 72.0 mm 74.7 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 4000 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 Support Yes Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Simple, basic polycarbonate design (it's not as premium though as some of its competitors)
  • Compact and sleek (especially for a device that packs a 4000 mAh battery) - good for one-handed use
  • Decent fingerprint scanner on the rear
  • One of the cheapest phones to come with a Super AMOLED display - the screen is vibrant and effective even in bright daylight - and this is a good phone to enjoy video content on
  • Samsung's OneUI is one of the cleaner, more refined Android UIs at present
  • Decent all-round performance with the Exynos 7884 octa-core chipset (similar to Snapdragon 450) - day-to-day performance is smooth enough, and you can also run high-end games on low graphics settings
  • Decent rear dual-camera setup: 13-megapixel primary sensor + 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens
  • The primary camera captures good images in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras come with Live Focus mode so you can adjust the blur in the background even while clicking pictures
  • Uses the modern Type-C USB charging port
  • Good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 15W fast charging support
  • Overall, the Galaxy M10s is a good option for this price bracket if display quality is your primary criteria (you won't get an AMOLED display at this price elsewhere) - on the other hand, if you want to look at better all-round phones, with somewhat better cameras and performance, you can consider alternatives from Xiaomi and Realme
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 back panel is prone to fingerprint smudges and you should ideally apply a cover
  • In lowlight conditions, the quality definitely goes down
  • While decent for the price, it's not quite the best camera phone for this price bracket - that award would go to the Xiaomis and Realmes of this range
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. All-rounder...offers decent value for money
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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