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 January 17th, 2019
    Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage More info
    Snapdragon 425
    5.5
    720x1280
    8GB
    MTK 6737
    5
    1280 × 720
    16GB
    Snapdragon 630
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    64GB
    MT6737M
    4.5
    854 x 480
    8GB
    MSM8905
    2.45
    320 x 240
    4GB
    Snapdragon 835
    5.5
    2560 x 1440
    128GB
    MediaTek Helio P18
    5.5
    1080 x 2160
    16GB
    N/A
    2.4
    320 x 240
    128MB
    Snapdragon 636
    5.84
    1080 x 2280
    32GB
    Snapdragon 430
    5.2
    1280 × 720
    16GB
    Snapdragon 835
    5.3
    2560 x 1440
    64GB
    Snapdragon 660
    6
    2160 x 1080
    64GB
    MediaTek Helio P60
    5.8
    HD+
    32GB
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
    5.8
    HD+
    64GB
    Snapdragon 430
    5.5
    1920 x 1080
    32GB

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