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Nokia 5.1 Plus First Impressions: Design and the feel of Nokia is back

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a lot like the Nokia 6.1 Plus, but small changes to the specification sheet will make it a more affordable option.

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Highlights

  • The Nokia 5.1 Plus has been launched alongside the Rs 15,999 Nokia 6.1 Plus.

  • The price of the phone will be revealed when it goes on sale in September.

  • The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

HMD-owned Nokia today launched two new smartphones in India – the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Up until the launch day in India, we knew about Nokia bringing the 6.1 Plus, which is essentially the global variant of the Nokia X6. But the company surprised us by launching the Nokia 5.1 Plus as well. The price of the phone hasn’t been revealed yet, but will be a bit cheaper than the Rs 15,999 price tag of the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Just like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and X6, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is also a global variant of Nokia X5. The smartphone also comes with a notch display like the 6.1 Plus. It is also the part of Android One program, and runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. HMD Global has promised to give users two major Android version updates, and three years of security updates. I had a chance to use the Nokia 5.1 Plus, and here are my first impressions.

Good looks

In my little time with the device, I really like the design and overall premium feel of Nokia 5.1 Plus. The big display in a compact form factor is the biggest USP of this device. The overall body is made of glass, and HMD Global says that the chassis in between is made of aluminum. One thing for sure is that anyone who’ll see the device will definitely like the design, especially the ‘Gloss White’ color variant that I used. The handset will be made available in Gloss Black, Gloss White and Midnight Gloss Blue color options in India.

Just like the front 2.5D glass, the back of the Nokia 5.1 Plus also boasts of glass with 2.5D protection. At the event, the company said it has nano-coating on top of the glass as well. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

Up front, the handset packs a 5.86-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) notched display with 2.5D curved glass and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The notch at the top of the 5.1 Plus is slightly broader than the 6.1 Plus, but the chin remains same. HMD has kept the display size the same as the Nokia 6.1 Plus but the resolution differs and this one has a 720p display, unlike the 1080p screen on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Inside, the Nokia 5.1 Plus packs a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz. The Indian variant has dual-SIM support and comes with 3GB of RAM. The internal storage is 32GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). Nokia will be launching the device in September, and it’ll only come in one variant. The Nokia 5.1 Plus is backed by a 3060mAh battery with a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers. The 3.5mm headphone jack sits on top.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus packs a dual-camera setup at the back. There you’ll find a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The rear camera gets features like Live Bokeh mode, phase detection auto focus (PDAF), integrated Google Lens and more. On the front, it gets an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 and 80.4 degree wide-angle lens, which also gets the Bokeh selfie mode.

The default camera app on 5.1 Plus is company’s own tweaked version Google camera. We tested the two cameras for a bit, and images taken from dual rear camera setup looked decent in indoor lighting conditions. The bokeh effect in particular appeared good in that short time. We also clicked few selfies and those too appeared fine.

Final thoughts

So if HMD can get the device in the sub-Rs 12,000 price bracket in India then it might just be a great value-for-money product, but that’s just our initial impression of the phone for now. On the face of it, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a good-looking smartphone with the right features and specifications for its target audience.

HMD Global did not reveal the pricing of Nokia 5.1 Plus for India. It said that the pricing will be revealed closer to the release, which is scheduled for September. Just like the 6.1 Plus, this one too will be available exclusively online through Flipkart. HMD global will also be selling it via Nokia’s official India online store. As of now, there is no plan to sell the phone offline in India.

  • Published Date: August 21, 2018 5:14 PM IST