Nokia 5.1 Plus review
An affordable Android phone with an AI Camera
Our Nokia 5.1 Plus review finds an Android-powered phone that boasts an AI Camera. The price tag isn’t too high at just above £200 (handset-only), so this Nokia phone is one where the latest tech is attainable by nearly all.
Edge-to-edge notched display
The Nokia 5.1 Plus brings with it the latest looks with a camera notch set within the 5.8” HD+ display. The 19:9 screen aspect ratio is thin but long, making the phone easy to hold. Its edge-to-edge design makes use of every millimetre of the front face.
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This Nokia phone has a high-gloss body coloured to your choice of Midnight Gloss Blue, Gloss White or Gloss Black. There is a CNC- machined metallic camera bezel and 2.5D shaped glass that covers both the front and back. At 8mm thick and 160g, the aesthetics are where they need to be.
The experience is powered by a MediaTek Helio 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. This processor offers a fluid experience and the chip is energy efficient, so you can enjoy long gameplay or video watching sessions without fear of hammering the battery.
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Phone Set Up
The Nokia 5.1 Plus has a fingerprint sensor positioned on the back for securing and unlocking the phone.
If you have an old Android phone then you can bring over all of your apps, content, and settings through the menu. There is a 32GB memory for your content and an up to 400GB memory card slot lets you expand upon this massively.
Android Oreo / Android One
The Nokia 5.1 Plus runs on the Android Oreo operating system and this comes with a promise of monthly security updates for three years and operating system upgrades for two years. The Android One labelling highlights that you will enjoy a clean interface with only essential apps pre-loaded. This means that the experience is fast and there is more free memory for downloading the apps that you want.
Pre-loaded apps include:
- Keep (notes and to-do lists)
- Google Assistant
In addition to these useful apps you also get Google Photos. Google Photos gives you unlimited high-quality photo storage in the cloud (online). If you enjoying streaming Spotify playlists then there is a powerful single speaker with AMP+ technology.
Camera & Video
13MP AI Camera
The Nokia 5.1 Plus has a 13MP AI Camera and this does the hard work for you, so even someone who has never taken a photo before can get good results. The 13MP lens is paired up with a 5MP depth sensor and this gives you the power to create accurate bokeh blurs (Live Bokeh Mode).
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The 8MP selfie camera comes with plenty of tools for creating stunning portraits and this includes Portrait Lighting effects. You can also capture the action in front and behind the phone with Bothie Mode. You can do this with either a split-screen or picture-in-picture layout and it works for both photos or videos.
Further camera tools include:
- Fun Animojis
- Beauty Shot
A healthy battery capacity
The Nokia 5.1 Plus has a healthy 3,060mAh battery and there is a fast charger (USB Type-C) in the box. You can get more out of the battery if needed by investigating the battery saver or background activity manager.
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Written by: Michael Brown