Our Opinion

The Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone, but the realme C2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB RAM, 32GB)  realme C2 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 5.1 Plus realme C2
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Excellence Score
21.7
21.1
Value for Money Score
59.9
68.5
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 7,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 May, 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 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.86 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 287 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 282 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 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 #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 3 GB 3 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 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/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Depth Sensor, Slo-Mo Video
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 80.4 degree Field of View F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, 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 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 166 gmMedium
Width 72.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 73.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash 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
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor 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
  • Beautiful diamond-cut pattern on the back - it's a head turner, and quite impressive for this price bracket - you will find an identical back design on the more expensive Realme 1 and Realme 2 smartphones - the only difference here is instead of the glossy plastic, the Realme C2 is offering a matte finish
  • Offers a very comfortable grip because of the textured back
  • The matte finish and textured back also don’t attract fingerprints or smudges, like many other modern glossy phones
  • The plastic body makes it feel light
  • There is no fingerprint reader, but the face unlock system is pretty good
  • Modern, tall, dew-drop notch display
  • Quite good for binge-watching videos
  • Ships with latest version of Android, Android Pie - one of the few affordable phones to do that
  • ColorOS 6 adds a ton of nifty features, and an app drawer (something that had been requested by users from a long time)
  • Decent day-to-day performance with a Helio P22 chipset (similar to Snapdragon 625) - basic use, and casual games run just fine - though of course, this is not a phone for power users
  • Pretty decent camera performance, especially for daytime use - the images have decent enough details and punchy colors
  • There is also Chroma Boost mode if you want more saturated and well-contrasted images.
  • The shutter speed is fast enough and auto-focus is snappy
  • Overall, this is one of the best camera setups in the ultra-budget category
  • Excellent battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - with light to moderate use, you will get nearly two days of battery
  • Overall, the Realme C2 is another 'very good bang for your buck' device from Realme, that can compete with similar phones from the current leader, Xiaomi - you get a beautiful design, a big display with a tiny notch, decent cameras, and an excellent 4000mAh battery - this is a very good pick for basic smartphone users, who don't need the best performance from their smartphones, but want a solid device otherwise (if you do need faster performance, you will want to look at higher price brackets)
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
  • Display resolution is on the low side
  • Average legibility under sunlight
  • There are a bunch of preloaded apps, including DailyHunt, UC Browser, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Amazon India, Wynk Music, Webnovel, Opera browser etc - though thankfully you can uninstall all of these apps to save some storage space
  • Indoor (low-light) shots are average though, as you would expect from this price bracket - you can use Chrome Boost for slightly better results but, the mode takes time to deliver the final output
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. Offers good value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value for money smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. An all-round experience at an entry-level price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Holds its own quite well even amongst some serious competition
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Falls short on value compared to competition from Xiaomi
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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