Nokia 5.1 (2018) first look
- 5.5-inch FHD+ display
- MediaTek CPU
- 2GB RAM
- 13MP camera
- 2970mAh battery
- Android One
Nokia 5.1 (2018) first look: Important updates could make the new Nokia 5 a success
We haven’t even hit the halfway point in 2018 and HMD Global has already released an impressive eight phones under the Nokia name. This has included five models at MWC and the latest three releases: the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and, the most interesting of the bunch, the Nokia 5.1.
Although we’re far from convinced about the naming strategy – why not just call it ‘the new Nokia 5’, for example? – this is a big update for the Nokia 5, elevating the phone enough that it could maybe give the excellent Moto G6 Play a run for its money.
In releasing so many phones at such a rate, Nokia has managed to address issues with previous devices. For instance, I wasn’t impressed with the performance and sharp designs of many of last year’s handsets, and those issues have pretty much been fixed here.
Nokia 5.1 vs Nokia 5: How do they compare?
|Nokia 5.1 (2018)||Nokia 5 (2017)|
|Processor||MediaTek 2GHz||Snapdragon 430|
|Display||5.5-inch, 18:9, FHD+||5.2-inch 720p|
|Dual-Sim||Yes (in some countries)||Yes (in some countries)|
The Nokia 5.1 is a lot softer-looking than its predecessor, with curved edges and a lovely-feeling 6000 series aluminium body. For the 199 euros price, there’s very little else like it on the market.
On the front is a seriously impressive screen. Similar to the majority of flagships, it boasts an 18:9 display and a crisp FHD+ resolution – this is up from the 720p resolution used last year.
I had only a short time with the phone during the briefing session, but the 5.5-inch LCD panel was bright and colourful. It was just nice to see this wider aspect-ratio filtering down to the cheaper phones so quickly.
Nokia says that it has fixed these issues with the Nokia 5.1, and that the phone offers ‘40% more performance’ thanks to a MediaTek 2GHz processor accompanied by either 2 or 3GB of RAM. I’ve never been a huge fan of MediaTek’s chips, which I’ve found prone to becoming hot and with erratic battery life. Hopefully, the Nokia 5.1’s performance will be better.
There are no duplicate apps on Android One, only the usual array of Google’s own apps. Google Photos provides unlimited storage for your snaps and Play Music lets you upload your own songs for streaming.
Around the back is a 16-megapixel main camera, which sits above the fingerprint sensor, and there’s a wide-angle 8-megapixel shooter around the front.
The Nokia 5.1 includes a 2970mAh battery, but it’s disappointing to discover that micro-USB remains the charging method of choice. USB-C really should be universal by now. I didn’t have enough time to test either the camera or the battery life, so look out for the full review, which will include all the details.
Nokia 5 (Matte Black, 16GB)
- 13MP primary camera and 8MP front facing camera
- 13.21 centimeters (5.2-inch) capacitive touchscreen with 1280 x 780 pixels resolution
- Android v7.1.1 Nougat operating system with 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB and dual SIM dual-standby(2G+2G)
- 3000mAH lithium-polymer battery
- 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase