Nokia 5.1 Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Nokia 5.1 Plus
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Quick Verdict

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a decent enough mid-range smartphone, but it lacks much that makes it stand out from the pack. If you're keen on a mid-range Nokia, the Nokia 7.1 is a much better option.

The good

  • Simple design
  • Android One promises updates
  • USB-C charging

The bad

  • Middling processor performance
  • Bothies remain a gimmick
  • Can't opt to show notch

Nokia 5.1 Plus at a glance
When was the Nokia 5.1 Plus released? 2 November 2018
What’s new about the Nokia 5.1 Plus? 5.8-inch "notched" screen, 3GB RAM, dual-lens camera
How much does the Nokia 5.1 Plus cost? $379

A notched display, a 19:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio and a faster processor make the Nokia 5.1 Plus a significant upgrade over the original Nokia 5.1.

Nokia's pace for releasing phones in 2018 is utterly relentless. The Nokia 5.1 emerged earlier in the year as an upgrade for the 2017 Nokia 5, but it's already been replaced by the Nokia 5.1 Plus, a phone that improves on its predecessor in a couple of key areas.

However, at the same time, Nokia has so many phones in this price range that it's somewhat hard for the Nokia 5.1 Plus to stand out. It's a fine phone for what it is, but also somewhat unremarkable.


Design

  • A good looking phone
  • Notched display with no option to show
Nokia 5.1 Plus review

Camera

  • Decent general camera quality
  • Live bokeh is slow to work but can be effective
  • Bothies remain a gimmick
Nokia 5.1 Plus review

Performance

  • MediaTek MT6771 Helio P60 refuses to be benchmarked
  • Australian model is the low-storage variant
  • Clean Android One interface
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Battery

  • 3060mAh battery gives acceptable performance
  • USB-C charging
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Verdict

  • Reasonable value, but just not that exciting
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Pricing and availability

Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia embraces the notch

The Nokia 5.1 Plus improves upon nearly every aspect of the original Nokia 5.1, delivering faster performance and a bigger display while maintaining an affordable price tag.

Promoted
  • You can purchase the Nokia 5.1 Plus for $379 outright from retailers like JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Harvey Norman.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.8
Display resolution (pixels) HD+
Pixels per inch (PPI)
Processor MediaTek Helio P60
Height (mm) 149.51
Width (mm) 71.98
Depth (mm) 8.1
Weight (g)
Battery size (mAh) 3,060
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
MicroSD expansion 400GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 3GB
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution 5
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
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 December 12th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
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
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 5.1
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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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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