Our Opinion

The realme 3i (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly 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 realme 3i (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB)  realme 3i (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 5.1 Plus realme 3i
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Excellence Score
23.8
27.3
Value for Money Score
76.8
86.3
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Jul, 2019
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 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
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/1.8 Aperture; PDAF; 5P Lens, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Nightscape, Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mmMedium 8.3 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 175 gmMedium
Width 72.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
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 Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
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 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
  • Inherits the beautiful, striking, diamond-back design of the Realme C2 - making it easily one of the best looking budget phones
  • The body is polycarbonate, so the design is essentially smudge free (which is a problem that a lot of glass phones face these days)
  • The front is sharp and modern too, with a dew-drop notch design
  • Great build quality
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor, at the back
  • Super fast face unlock
  • Nice, modern dewdrop notch display with good colours and wide viewing angles
  • ColorOS is now leaner, and more streamlined compared to before and has some useful add-on features like Clone Apps, Call Recording, Game Space, Quiet Time, Night Shield screen, etc
  • Very good performance for the price bracket with a relatively powerful MediaTek Helio P60 (similar to Snapdragon 653) - day-to-day use, as well as high-end games in low/medium graphics settings, are smooth
  • Reasonably ok camera setup for the price
  • The dual rear camera setup is capable of taking good pictures in bright outdoors with accurate colours reproduction
  • The 13MP front camera also does decently well - in good lighting conditions
  • Portrait mode on the front camera is pretty good too
  • The speaker on Realme 3i is very loud (though of course, as expected, it lacks depth)
  • Excellent battery life - you will get about 1.5 days of use, with moderate usage
  • Realme 3i is another welcome addition to the Realme 3 series and it caters to the users who want something between the Realme C2 and Realme 3, both in terms of performance and price - it's a good option at this price point
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
  • Sunlight legibility could be better
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as stock Android though - very few custom skins are
  • Overall detail levels, exposure, and dynamic range though are just average though
  • Indoor shots under artificial lighting carry a lot of noise and low light shots are not that good
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. Worth considering
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A worthy budget contender
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The excellent build quality and beautiful build of this phone, is what separate it from the pack
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. For users who want a smartphone at this price point which can deliver an all-rounder performance, Realme 3i is not a bad deal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Good new entry to the budget segment...positives outweigh the negatives
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A perfect device for anyone who’s looking for something inside the 10k budget
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Excellent performer in its segment, with good on-battery time
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Your money’s worth
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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