When it comes to the under $ 250 range, the new Nokia 5.1 could be the perfect phone. Of all the new models announced at the Nokia show in Moscow, the Nokia 5.1 offers the most with the fewest compromises. For a third of the cost of a flagship, you get a phone with premium build, solid specifications and good battery life.
The Nokia 5.1 is the successor to the Nokia 5 for 2017. The previous iteration was a bit of a confusing start as it only offered a slightly better overall experience than the 3 Series at a higher price. But with this year's upgrade, HMD has better positioned the 5 Series. It's now closer to the Nokia 6.1
- Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
- CPU: Octa-Core 2.0GHz MediaTek P18
- GPU: Mali-T860MP2
- RAM: 2 or 3 GB
- Storage: 16 or 32 GB
- Display: 5.5 inch 18: 9 1080p IPS LCD  Rear View Camera: 16 MP f / 2.0 Dual LED Flash
- Front Camera: 8 MP f / 2.0 Wide Angle
- Battery: 2.970 mAh
- Colors: Copper, Blue, Black
- I / O: 3, 5mm Headphone Jack
Premium Unibody Build
The Nokia 5.1 consists of 6000 series aluminum, an alloy containing magnesium and silicon. Although it is not the strongest material, it offers much better durability than plastic while maintaining a premium feel. To improve the strength of the phone, it uses a unibody design – a single-mold chassis that increases the robustness of the device compared to a collection of small parts.
5.5 "18: 9 1080p Display
The most striking change compared to last year's Nokia 5 is the improved display – from 720p HD to 1080p Full HD: This not only makes media consumption more bearable, it also improves the overall experience, as apps can now use the extra pixels.
In addition, the screen size increases to 5 , 2 inches by 5.5 inches, almost twice the PPI of its predecessor, from 282 to 439. The aspect ratio also changed from 16: 9 to 18: 9, reflecting the recent trend in flagship smartphones.
These changes make the aperture much smaller, resulting in a much higher screen-to-body ratio Nokia 5.1 is 73.15%, an increase of 68.83% from last year's model.
MediaTek P18 SoC
At the heart of the Nokia 5.1 is the MediaTek P18 chipset. While this system-on-a-chip may be unfamiliar to most Americans, it is definitely fast and offers high performance at a low cost. It uses a big.Little core configuration at 2 GHz on the large cores and 1.2 GHz on the Little cores.
On the graphics side, the Nokia 5.1 uses the 800 MHz clocked Mali-T860 MP2. This GPU should perform better than last year's Adreno 505. Although it does not compete with gaming phones, it allows you to play low graphics games without stuttering or delay.
The rear camera has been upgraded from 13 MP to 16 MP. HMD retained both the dual LED flash and the aperture f / 2.0 of its predecessor. The front camera is still 8 MP, but now is wide angle at 84.6 °.
Unlike Nokia 3.1, there is a rear fingerprint reader for quick and secure unlocking. The power supply for this device is a 2,970 mAh battery, a small decrease of 30 mAh compared to last year's model. The energy efficiency of the new processor, however, should lead to a very comparable battery life.
There are currently no US prices for this device. The price of $ 250 is based on the announced price in euros. If converted to US dollars, the highest 3 GB / 32 GB variant will cost $ 250. However, European pricing is usually higher due to taxes. In addition, in order to separate it from the Nokia 6.1, it must be lower than the MSRP of 6.1 from $ 269.
Regarding availability, HMD has not officially announced its release date in the US. We know that this smartphone will hit the shelves in July. It is very likely that the US will receive the device at about the same time as [Nokia] NokiaNews has discovered an FCC list for the phone and its variants. HMD asked for 45 days of confidentiality for the device, which would mean a possible release in mid-July. Three colors are available: black, blue and copper.
The Nokia 5.1 is great value for money. At less than $ 250 you can enjoy luxury features – the premium unibody aluminum construction and the 1080p 18: 9 display are just a few of the features that are typically only available for cell phones at three times the price. What do you think about the Nokia 5.1? Would you buy this as a second phone or as a gift? Let us know in the comments below.