Nokia 5.1: Plans | Pricing | Specs

The updated Nokia 5.1 refines its design, includes Android One and adds up to a good value budget phone as long as you don't expect speedy performance.

Verdict

Nokia's journey to provide good quality Android experiences at affordable prices continues with the Nokia 5.1. It's a very welcome upgrade from 2017's Nokia 5 with good build quality and a simple Android One interface, although with so many good budget phones available now, it's wise to compare your options.

The good

  • Nice design
  • Android One keeps things clean and updated
  • Easy to reach fingerprint sensor

The bad

  • Ordinary performance
  • Simple camera
  • Poor battery life

Nokia 5.1 at a glance

When did the Nokia 5.1 come out? Launched 5 September 2018 in Australia
What's new about the Nokia 5.1? Android One, fingerprint sensor, Mediatek Helio P18 processor
How much does the Nokia 5.1 cost? $329 outright

Nokia re-emerged into the mobile phone scene in 2017 with the original Nokia 5, part of its rebirthed line-up of Android handsets. Those 2017 models were interesting but a little rough around the edges. Just as it has done with its other point-one models, Nokia has refined the design and improved performance for the Nokia 5.1, making for a pleasant phone for its price range, although not one that's absolutely remarkable.


Design

  • Classic Nokia style
  • Robust metal body
  • Headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensor

Camera

  • Camera is OK, not great

Performance

  • MediaTek processor plus 2GB RAM is a recipe for ordinary performance
  • Android One gives the Nokia 5.1 an edge

Battery life

  • Battery life isn't great
  • Recharging is via microUSB

Verdict

  • Inexpensive, but not immediately impressive.

Pricing and availability

  • The Nokia 5.1 is available outright in Australia for $329
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    OS Android 8
    Display size (inches) 5.5
    Display resolution (pixels) 1080 x 2160
    Pixels per inch (PPI) 439
    Processor MediaTek Helio P18
    Height (mm) 151.1
    Width (mm) 70.7
    Depth (mm) 8.2
    Weight (g)
    Battery size (mAh) 2,970
    Wireless charging No
    Internal storage 16GB
    MicroSD expansion 128GB
    Fingerprint scanner Yes
    RAM 2GB
    Water resistance N/A
    Rear camera (1) resolution 16
    Rear camera (1) aperture
    Rear camera (2) resolution
    Rear camera (2) aperture
    Rear camera (3) resolution
    Rear camera (3) aperture
    Front camera (1) resolution 8
    Front camera (1) aperture
    Front camera (2) resolution
    Front camera (2) aperture
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Network category speed Category 4
    NFC support No
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    Updated March 23rd, 2019
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    Nokia 9 Pureview
    5.99
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    2880 x 1440px

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP

    128GB

    3,320
    mAh
    5.84
    inches

    1080 x 2280px

    12MP + 5MP

    32GB

    3,060
    mAh
    Nokia 4.2
    Nokia 4.2
    5.71
    inches

    720 x 1520px

    13MP + 2MP

    16GB


    32GB

    3,000
    mAh
    5.3
    inches

    2560 x 1440px

    13MP + 13MP

    64GB

    3,090
    mAh
    Nokia 3.2
    Nokia 3.2
    6.26
    inches

    720 x 1520px

    13MP

    16GB


    32GB

    4,000
    mAh
    5.5
    inches

    720x1280px

    8MP

    8GB

    4,000
    mAh
    5.5
    inches

    1920 x 1080px

    16MP

    64GB

    3,000
    mAh
    5.2
    inches

    720 x 1440px

    13MP

    16GB

    2,990
    mAh
    5.5
    inches

    1920 x 1080px

    16MP

    32GB

    3,000
    mAh
    5.8
    inches

    HD+px

    16MP + 5MP

    64GB

    3,060
    mAh
    5.5
    inches

    2560 x 1440px

    12MP + 13MP

    128GB

    3,260
    mAh
    5.8
    inches

    HD+px

    13MP + 5MP

    32GB

    3,060
    mAh
    6
    inches

    2160 x 1080px

    12MP + 13MP

    64GB

    3,800
    mAh
    Nokia 210
    Nokia 210
    2.4
    inches

    320 x 240px

    0.3MP
    1,020
    mAh
    5.5
    inches

    1080 x 2160px

    16MP

    16GB

    2,970
    mAh
    5.2
    inches

    1280 × 720px

    13MP

    16GB

    3,000
    mAh
    4.5
    inches

    854 x 480px

    5MP

    8GB

    2,150
    mAh
    5
    inches

    1280 × 720px

    8MP

    16GB

    2,630
    mAh
    6.18
    inches

    2280 x 1080px

    12MP + 13MP

    64GB

    3,500
    mAh
    2.4
    inches

    320 x 240px

    2MP

    128MB

    1,200
    mAh
    2.45
    inches

    320 x 240px

    2MP

    4GB

    1,500
    mAh
    Nokia 1 Plus
    Nokia 1 Plus
    5.45
    inches
    8MP

    8GB

    2,500
    mAh

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