- The new Nokia 5.1 from HMD Global offers up a large screen, a decent slug of power, solid snapper and a premium metal build for a price that won’t break the couffer and fits quite well in your pocket.
Design and display
The Nokia 5.1 is made from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. Which means it’s smooth, sleek and feels premium in the hand, an impressive feat for a phone.
There’s a rear fingerprint scanner that falls nicely under finger, and the power and volume keys on the right are easy to reach. The Nokia 5.1 has also been slimmed down by almost 2mm versus its predecessor too, allowing it to fit more snugly in the hand. At 151.1mm x 70.73mm x 8.27mm the Nokia 5.1 isn’t too overbearing either.
On the base of the handset you’ll find a single speaker and a microUSB port. It’s disappointing that the Nokia 5.1 doesn’t use the more common, and newer, USB-C connection – but it does mean you’ll likely have a cable somewhere at home that will charge this phone.
Up top you’ll find a headphone jack, allowing you to plug in a traditional set of headphones . It boasts a bigger screen too, with the 5.5-inch display boasting the now-popular 18:9 aspect ratio. This makes the screen taller, giving you more information on screen, while also offering an improved movie and gaming experience in landscape mode.
The screen resolution has also been given more priority, with the Nokia 5.1 boasting a Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) setup which results in a 443ppi pixel density. which means the screen is sharp and clear, with a good level of color reproduction.
Round the front the 8MP camera features a 84.6 degree wide-angle lens, allowing you to cram more of your besties into shot and a whooping 16MP at the rear to take those beautiful beach shots.
Under the hood there’s a non-removable 2,970mAh battery, which is actually smaller than the 3,000mAh power pack in its predecessor, but Nokia Phones says battery life should be similar thanks to greater efficiencies from the chipset inside the Nokia 5.1.
Performance and interface
The Nokia 5.1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P18 2GHz octa-core chipset, That means Android 8.1 Oreo should run smoother and faster.
There are two configurations with the cheaper 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage option likely to fill up with apps, games and photos quickly though the Nokia 5.1 does feature a micoSD slot allowing you to expand the storage with an external card up to 128GB in size, but for an all-round better experience you’ll probably want the 3GB/32GB version.
The new Nokia 5 is also part of the Android One family, which means you get a stock Android experience and guaranteed software updates for two years, and security updates for three years.
The new Nokia 5.1 is a phone that packs in a solid range of features into a premium body at a very attractive price point and with an octa-core processor you will have everything running smooth on Android 8.0(oreo).