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Nokia 5.1: quality in every detail with this classic smartphone


Nokia is a long sleeping giant that seems to get better each time something new from them comes along. With Nokia 5.1, it will be featuring an upgraded version of the Nokia that we love.

But before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback at last year’s model as per below:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~282 ppi pixel density
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • ~$200 USD price tag

As we all can clearly see, Nokia 5 is targeted at the entry-level segment. It also allows previous Nokia users in the 90’s, a taste of what a modern Nokia is all about.

Well he we are then, one year later with the Nokia 5.1. Can it keep up with the times?

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~439 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Front glass, aluminium body (6000 series)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • MediaTek Helio P18 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.2 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with PDAF, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB
  • Android 8.0 (Android One)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2970 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2018 release date
  • $220 USD price tag for 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and $255 USD price tag for 3GB RAM + 32GB storage

Even from the get-go, everything about the Nokia 5.1 has been improved.

It now features a larger 5.5-inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution and Fullview display. This ensures you have more real screen estate. The smooth, minimalist body is made from a single piece of precision-milled aluminium to give the phone added durability. The organic form nestles perfectly in your hand. It also comes with a totally clean look with pure back without any antenna lines, which have been moved to the top and the bottom of the phone. Together with the display with sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass, this makes for a clean look.

Under the hood of the Nokia 5.1 also gets a nice upgrade in the form of the Helio P18 chipset paired with an octa-core processor, decent graphics and an option of either 2GB or 3GB RAM. With everything that is going on in the world today, the 3GB RAM is the absolute minimum.

Camera-wise, the 16MP primary camera is packed with features and functions that makes for an amazing camera smartphone. Then comes the 8MP selfie camera with a wide-angle lens that lets you fit more people in your selfies.

Regarding storage, there’s again an option for you to go for either 16GB or 32GB. We all wish for a minimum of 32GB, but either option still allows you to add up to a maximum of 256GB via the expansion slot.

The 2970 mAh battery is just nice for it to last for a full day of charge and slightly more.

Finally, the highlight of the show is on its Android 8.0 Oreo operating system – more so its Android One operating system. This means that Nokia 5.1 gives us a stock Android experience and guaranteed software updates for two years and security updates for three years. Which means that Android 9.0 Pie upgrade is also on the cards.


Nokia 5.1 is an amazing upgrade to last year’s model. Everything about it is impressive and is a great departure from the norm. Nice 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen with Fullview display, amazingly great looks, good mid-range performance, good 16MP-8MP camera setup, decent battery and the plain vanilla Android One experience.

Nokia 5.1 had just been released for $220 USD for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant and a $255 USD price tag for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. It is available in Copper, Tempered Blue and Black colours.

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