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Nokia 5.1 Plus Review: Nokia’s Answer to Xiaomi’s Redmi Series Nokia 5.1 Plus is a promising device that offers a stock Android experience

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EVER since HMD Global took over Nokia, they have been constantly working on delivering good devices. This year saw Nokia come out with many handsets, and each one was better than the previous.

Recently, Nokia’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas showcased the Nokia 5.1 Plus in India.

This phone was shown during the launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Sarvikas did promise that the budget offering Nokia 5.1 Plus will be available in India soon.

Within a month, Nokia 5.1 Plus was launched in India at a price of ₹ 10,999.

This device will also be a competitor to the Xiaomi devices that are almost present in every budget price range.

What helps: Nokia devices are available for all to buy but Xiaomi devices are available via flash sales or after paying a premium to the retailer.

So, is the Nokia 5.1 Plus the device that will be able to break that Xiaomi bubble?

We have been using the phone for a while now and here’s what we think.

Also Read: Nokia 6.1 Plus Review 

Design

Premium, sturdy and fantastic to look; these are the words that’ll first come to your mind the minute you unbox the Nokia 5.1 Plus.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a phone that stands out as a premium device with superb attention to detail when it comes to the little touches.

Like the protruding rear camera module that’s neatly designed and even the bottom speaker grille that just seamlessly blends into the entire design language by Nokia.

This is also a shiny device and the black colour 5.1 Plus that we had looked stunning.

Nokia 5.1 Plus boasts of 149.51 x 71.98 x 8.096 mm size that fits into the palm of your hand with ease.

Still, because of the glossy finish, the device is slippery and we would not recommend you to use this one with one hand.

This is the kind of design only a few Chinese smartphone makers are doing.

In terms of design a Xiaomi Redmi device design might appear to be a little flimsy, but the Nokia 5.1 Plus sets the new benchmark for this range of phone.

Display

The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a 5.86-inch HD+ display with 2.5D curved glass.

Needless to say, the phone complies with all the 2018 norms set by almost every smartphone manufacturer.

You do get a notch display, loads of real estate with minimal bezels, and as seen in even earlier Nokia devices this year, an aspect ratio of 19:9.

It’s a bright and crisp display with an edge-to-edge design that’s just perfect to play games and even watch streaming content.

In terms of sunlight legibility, this is by far one of the better display’s that you’ll see on a phone within this price range.

Performance

The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a MediaTek Helio P60 CPU that has four cores with A73 architecture clocked at 1.8 GHz and the remaining four cores with A53 architecture that has a similar clock speed of 1.8 GHz.

To back all this power is 3GB of RAM and all this hardware runs the Android Oreo operating system for its users to enjoy.

One disappointment for us was a MediaTek processor on a phone that looks as beautiful as this.

A Qualcomm processor is the gold standard when it comes to a smartphone. That said, MediaTek processors are not bad performers but it’s that sense of assurance that one would like to have when they purchase a phone.

In terms of a stock Android experience, the Nokia 5.1 Plus delivers. Be it gaming or multitasking this phone can handle it all with ease.

Even while playing a game like PUBG, the device did not show any signs of lag or frame drops even in the highest of graphics settings.

However, it did tend to get a little warm with extended usage. Nokia is also offering this phone with 32GB of onboard storage that can also be extended up to 400 GB so storage is also not a problem for this phone.

However, you will have to use it as a single SIM device since it has a hybrid SIM-tray in it.

For audiophiles, you get a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top of the device and a single speaker at the bottom. The sound on offer is clear and crisp and heavier on the treble side of things.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus also comes with two microphones for better audio clarity. The device also comes with the Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a Fingerprint Sensor for unlocking the phone.

Cameras

Nokia devices have been constantly improving their camera experience with every new iteration.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a primary dual-camera setup with a 13 MP PDAF, f/2 + 5 MP depth sensor set up and a LED flash for low light photography.

This is also Nokia’s dual-sight camera and can do bokeh effect as well as use the front and rear camera in tandem.

The image clarity and details on the photos are spot on. However, there is still a little over saturation of colours once the image is processed.

The Bokeh effect imaging is also something that comes out with loads of details to it and better than many other phones that offer the effect.

There is also Artificial Intelligence and beauty modes present on the device which work as well as any other device that’s in this price range. But don’t expect an over the top AI experience on this device.

The front camera of the Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a powerful 8 MP setup with an aperture of f/2.2 and 80.4 Field of View. This means that group selfies are something that you’ll love to take on this device.

You also get HDR imaging as well as AR stickers to play around with.

Overall, people who love to click photos and upload on their social media accounts would find this setup practical and easy to use.

There is also a professional mode where you can tinker around with the shutter speeds, ISO, white balance etc, to satisfy your hunger to click that perfect photo.

Battery

The Battery type offered on the Nokia 5.1 Plus is an Integrated 3060 mAh that supports fast charging with a 5V/2A adapter.

The device takes very little time to charge from 0-80% and the battery back-up is also day-long on an average.

Of course, the battery life does depend on the apps you run and the functions you wish to use this phone for.

Also, the battery charges via a USB type-C port with is not so common on devices available at this price point.

Verdict

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a promising device and with our testing did deliver on everything that was expected out of it.

For us, the major USP of the 5.1 Plus is the design and the stock Android experience it offers.

This device, when compared to the recently launched Redmi phone, is way ahead in terms of appeal and build quality.

Assurance of a stock android means that it’s a much stable device than devices that run bloatware like the MIUI.

We would pick the Nokia 5.1 Plus any day over what’s available in the market right now at ₹ 10,999.

-ENDS-

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