Nokia 5.1 Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Nokia 5.1, by Nokia

- Analysis by KJ David


Announced alongside its Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1 siblings, the Nokia 5.1 is apparently the highest-specked model of its batch, although we're not ready to call it a full-fledged high-end smartphone just yet -- one reason being its 8-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera , which instantly kills its chances of joining the best selfie smartphones on the market. Many of the models in that list don't settle for anything less than 13-megapixel selfie cam resolutions.

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Its 32GB maximum internal memory and 3GB RAM sound like slight cons as well, particularly when compared to the 64GB and 4GB storage and RAM capacities boasted by several tantamount models. It also only supports up to 128GB of top-up storage , while even some lower-specked models have 256GB microSD card slots. That said, its 2GHz MediaTek Helio P18 eight-core processor , ends up as a pro in our book, seeing that a bunch of its semi-high-end contemporaries use engines that fail to reach the 2GHz threshold. Note, though, that some of the fastest smartphones when it came out peaked at a whopping 2.8GHz.

One of its biggest upgrades over the Nokia 5 is its facade, which now comes in the form of a 5.5-inch Gorilla-Glass-3-finished screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution -- the older model sports a middle-of-the-road 5.2-inch screen with a less-expansive 16:9 setup and an HD-only (1280 x 720) sharpness.

Its desirable (at least as of this review of its technical pros and cons) specs also include a 16-megapixel primary camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) , lining it up with some high-level photography-driven smartphones. Its 3000mAh battery, which promises above-average talk (19 hours) standby times (24.5 days) per Nokia's controlled stress tests, sounds rather promising as well.

The 5.1's remaining pros and cons include a typical fingerprint scanner sitting right underneath its main camera, a 6000 series aluminum unibody, and a 4G LTE Cat 4 network adapter that promises a 150Mbps peak data rate (50Mbps for uploads). It is available Copper, Black, and Tempered Blue.

Topped off by the Android 8.0 Oreo platform, the Nokia 5.1 obviously caters to buyers who are very keen when it comes to performance and screen quality, but don't want to blow their budgets on a full-blown premium smartphone.


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