Nokia 5.1 Plus Review

Most of the smartphones launched this year by Nokia brand smartphone maker HMD Global are part of the Google Android One program. The Google Android One program guarantees a three-year security update and a two-year software update. HMD Global launched Nokia 7 Plus equipped with Android One program in April and Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus together in August this year. HMD Global recently launched Nokia 5.1 Plus. Nokia 5.1 Plus is priced at Rs 10,999. At this price you will get 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage variants. Nokia 5.1 Plus has better specifications compared to Nokia 5.1. Let us give you detailed information about the design, software, camera, battery life, etc. of the phone.

Design of nokia 5.1 plus

After holding the Nokia 5.1 Plus in hand, first of all, anyone’s attention will go towards the premium look of the phone. The entire body of Nokia 5.1 Plus is made of high-gloss which gives the phone a standing look. Looking at the phone, it seems that its price will be above Rs 15,000. At this price, the company has also used 2.5D curved glass on the back panel. Due to the glassy finish, the Nokia 5.1 Plus has a slickness that makes it slippery. There have been many such incidents with us when the phone went to the couch and the floor, but there was no sign of it.
The phone has a 5.86-inch display (720×1520 pixels) with an aspect ratio of 19: 9. HMD Global has cut the corner to reduce the price of the smartphone. The phone’s display is not useless, colors are vivid and impressively visible, black level is also good. There is a sufficient amount of brightness in the sunlight, due to which there is no problem while reading things on the display.

All the buttons are given on the right side of the phone. In this budget segment, this Nokia brand smartphone comes with USB Type-C port. On the left side you have a SIM-tray (two nano SIMs) which comes with dual 4G VoLTE support. It is possible to increase the storage with the help of microSD card but for this you have to remove the second sim. This means that only one Nano SIM and one card can be installed at a time. Nokia Design of Nokia 5.1 Plus is the first thing is quite big. Notch has not been used correctly, this is because the notification LED is not provided by the company in the Nokia. You will get a headset with the phone but the company has not provided silicon cover for the smartphone with slippery body. Overall Nokia 5.1 Plus is a great phone. The handset is lightweight with a premium look.

Nokia 5.1 Plus specifications and features

Nokia 5.1 Plus will have a MediaTek Hilio P60 octa-core processor for speed and multitasking. Recall that HMD Global used the Hilio P18 chipset in Nokia 5.1 smartphone. At this price, this chipset has scored higher than the Snapdragon 636 chipset. While writing the review, this phone is being sold with only 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage variants. Speaking of connectivity, the smartphone will come with Category 3 LTE, dual-band WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth version 4.2, FM radio, USB-OTG and GPS support. But you will not get NFC support in this handset.


Nokia 5.1 Plus runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. In addition to the Google apps in the phone, HMD Global’s support app has been provided which provides users with help related to the feature of the phone or booking an appointment at the service center. If the phone’s power button is pressed twice, the camera app opens. Nokia 5.1 Plus does not have the option to hide the notch, this is not a big problem as games or video players are not more stretched than the notch.

Nokia 5.1 Plus performance, camera and battery life

During the review, we enjoyed a lot while using Nokia 5.1 Plus. Due to the glassy finish, fingerprints fall easily on them, but once cleaned, the marks are cleared. If you do not want the glass finish to be marked, then for this you keep a cover. The phone works correctly when stuck using GPS in navigation, chatting and Uber apps. The space near the LED flash quickly starts heating up while playing the game. Not much of the phone is heated. If the PUBG game is played for half an hour, the phone starts heating up. There is a single loudspeaker at the bottom, the sound is quite loud at full volume. There will be a microphone for the call but no button has been provided to control the music playback.

Camera resolution has been reduced in Nokia 5.1 Plus compared to Nokia 5.1. Recall that the Nokia 5.1 had a 16-megapixel sensor on the back panel, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus will have a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. But after reviewing, we have no complaint with the rear camera. If the light is high enough when clicking a photo in landscape shot, the sensor gives better photo quality. Even with auto-HDR, the sensor does not give accurate exposure at times. In portrait mode the quality of the secondary depth camera is average. After blurring, the photo gives an artificial look instead of real. Apart from this, additional camera features have also been provided, such as you can also apply a mask on someone’s face. Beauty mode can be adjusted as per convenience, dual, p-ip, manual and panorama modes are also provided in the rear and front camera.


The phone is capable of recording video at 1080p, stabilization will always be on, there is no option to turn it off. Due to electronic stabilization, the shimmer effect will not be seen much if there is sufficient light, but the quality of the video was quite poor while shooting at night. In it you will also get the slow-motion shooting feature which records at a resolution of 720p at an average of 120 frames per second. There will be an 8 megapixel selfie camera, which gives a good picture when there is sufficient light, even the screen flash at night does not prove to be effective. In low light the focus speed slows down as well as landscape mode is affected.

The phone has a 3060 mAh battery, the battery life of the phone is also good. Once charged, we used the phone all day. In HD video loop test, the phone gives a backup of 14 hours 36 minutes. Nokia 5.1 Plus does not come with fast charging support but the 10 watt charger that comes with the phone charges the phone up to 56 percent in an hour. It may take about 2 hours for the phone to be fully charged.

Our decision

It would not be wrong to say that for a price of Rs 10,999, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a great option. We can understand that in this price smartphones of other companies give high resolution but we did not have any problem while using HD + display during the review. Hybrid dual-sim slot can knock you out, if you want to put two nano SIMs and cards simultaneously. Video performance is less than average in low light. Nokia 5.1 Plus is a great looking smartphone at this price. Apart from this, this handset is a part of Google’s Android One program, battery life is good and powerful handset has been used in this handset of Nokia brand.

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