Nokia 5.1 

price₹ 14,499 onwards

launchAug, 2018


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  • Fantastic design, with high-end detailing - like Nokia's other recent phones, it look extremely classy in an understated, minimalist way - it also feels smooth in the hand and is all curves and soft aluminium - and the colours aren’t reflective and shiny: they’re matte anodised and stylish - Nokia’s sense of minimalist design is up there with the best - in fact, many would find this a nicer looking handset than many more much pricier handsets
  • As well as looking like a high-end smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 feels comfortable in the hand thanks to curved edges, and the 18:9 aspect ratio provides a larger display without being too unwieldy
  • The fingerprint scanner on the rear of the smartphone is very quick to unlock
  • The tall 18:9 Gorilla Glass 3-coated screen is pretty nice IPS panel, with a decent contrast ratio, decent sunlight legibility, and high resolution


  • The key draw of the Nokia 5.1 of course is that it's part of the Android One series - that means you get pure stock Android, along with a promise of updates for 2 years


  • Not the best performing phone in this price bracket - the Helio P18 is similar to the Snapdragon 450 - and therefore slightly better than last year’s Nokia 5, which was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 - but not as powerful as the fastest phones in this price bracket - while daily performance is just fine, heavy games will definitely tend to struggle


  • Decent rear camera - takes decent snaps with good details - colours tend to be a bit off though - and its not quite as good as the rear camera of the Moto G6
  • Low light performance is pretty ordinary - pictures come out dark, and details are soft
  • The front camera too is rather average


  • Battery life could have been better - its a downgrade from the Nokia 5 - and while it will usually last you the day with moderate use, there are definitely phones in this price bracket with much better battery life


  • Overall, as it turns out, the beauty of the Nokia 5.1 is somewhat skin deep - both performance and battery life are a bit of a letdown - unless you really value the design above all else, you may be better off looking at other devices in this price bracket

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  1. Fantastic design on a budget in-depth Read Review »
  2. Nokia’s sense of minimalist design is up there with the best....the beauty is somewhat skin deep, though, and both performance and battery life are a letdown in-depth Read Review »
  3. A tempting option for those on a budget...but the performance isn’t the best that we’ve seen in-depth Read Review »
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Nokia 5.1 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 439 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignClassic (No Notches)
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • FullView Display
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • G-sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor1.8 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio P18
GPUMali-T860 MP2
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 128 GB
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
Battery Standby (3G)588 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)19.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Music Playback Time: 53 hrs
  • Video Playback Time (1080p): Up to 9.4 hrs
Weight150 gmLight
Thickness8.3 mmMedium
Width70.7 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Primary Camera16.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch Focus
  • Face Detection
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 84.6-degree Field of view
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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