Nokia 5.1 review
A major update
Our Nokia 5.1 review finds a major update on the original Nokia 5 and this phone will completely replace the original. From top to bottom there are huge improvements, yet the price will remain low at around £170 handset only, with line rentals still to be confirmed.
There is still time to buy the Nokia 5 before the Nokia 5.1 replaces it during July 2018 in the UK.
Bigger screen, narrower body
The Nokia 5.1 might have a larger screen but the body is actually narrower, making it far easier to hold. More specifically, the Nokia 5.1 has a 5.5” display with Full HD+ resolution and a 18:9 screen aspect ratio. This ratio indicates that the screen is longer but narrower and has extra rows of pixels. This is great because you get see more of webpages, apps, movies and games.
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Comparison: Full HD+ has 2160 x 1080 pixels vs Full HD that has 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The body of this Nokia phone is 2mm narrower and it is made from a single block of 6,000 series aluminium. The front is made from durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There is also a nice range of satin colours to choose from, including Black, Tempered Blue and Copper.
40% more powerful
The processor delivers a big improvement in terms of power and we say goodbye to the slow 1.4GHz processor that featured on the original. Instead, we get a MediaTek Helio P18 2GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. In terms of performance, this really isn’t that far away from the processor speeds we see on some flagship smartphones.
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Phone Set Up
Re-positioned fingerprint reader
You can set up biometric security on the Nokia 5.1 and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back. This is great because there is less visible phone body below and above the display. This also means that the longer display hasn’t resulted in a longer overall body.
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If you have content to transfer over, then there is a 16GB internal memory. Admittedly this isn’t huge, but there is an up to 128GB microSD card slot. Memory cards really aren’t expensive, so this really shouldn’t be a concern if you are considering buying the Nokia 5.1.
Android Oreo / Android One
It might seem confusing that we mention Android Oreo and Android One together. Android Oreo is the base operating system and Android One indicates that this has been adapted to have a curated set of pre-loaded apps. This means that you get the pre-loaded apps that you need and you don’t get a load of unneeded or unwanted apps.
Android One guarantees that you will get two years of OS upgrades, along with regular security updates. You also get the best new Android features such as:
- The Google Assistant
- Picture-in-picture multitasking
- New emoji
- Notification dots
- Autofill passwords
Camera & Video
Improved camera resolution
The Nokia 5.1 gets a new camera and this has a 16MP resolution and fast phase detect auto focus (PDAF). The 8MP portrait camera is clearly focused on group selfies, with a 84.6 degree field of view.
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When you buy the Nokia 5.1 you also get the Google Photos app. This is really handy because you get to enjoy unlimited photo storage, which helps a lot when we consider the small internal memory of the phone.
You photos are stored online (cloud storage) and you can access them from other devices that you own. Object recognition is built-in and this means that you can search your photo gallery. This is as easy as typing dogs or a location that you have been.
The battery capacity is the one thing that hasn’t changed on the Nokia 5.1. This is absolutely fine because you can expect to get up to 9.4 hours of video playback or up to 52.7 hours of music playback, 24.5 days standby or up to 19 hours of talk time.
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Written by: Michael Brown