Welcome to the 2018 Nokia 5.1 smartphone review. We are after a new dual-SIM phone and the latest updated to the Nokia 5 model caught our attention. We liked the original Nokia 5 but at release the price was uncompetitive and not a particularly fast phone to use, great for basic stuff but not for running multiple apps at the same time or switching between them. The new Nokia 5.1 attempted to fix that problem some to have worked. The mid year 2018 Nokia 5.1 is priced around the 200 Euros as a dual SIM version and currently not available worldwide and estimated $400 is Australia if it gets released. In other parts of the world only the single SIM version will be available.
In terms of construction the Nokia 5.1 is very good. That is expected since it does has a metal back and high end looking front screen. While the materials are top end the design it’s self is not. The design is looking a little old in comparison to the latest smartphones, yet in terms of it’s low to mid range class it’s competitive.
In terms of hardware the Nokia 5.1 is specifications there’s a 2.0Ghz Mediatek CPU and 2Gigs of RAM and 16Gigs of memory with a decent 5.5 inch screen and 16 MP camera and wide 9 MP selfie camera. In the end the speciations are not particularly impressive of competitive with other phones int he same price range. The microSD memory card slot is critical if you buy a Nokia 5.1 as is only has tiny 16Gig storage and less than half of is is usable.
In conclusion the Nokia 5.1 is a decent phone and will work well for those in need of basic communication like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Gmail, videos and other messengers. The expandable memory card will help with the storage. However that is all that it will be able to impressively. The faster CPU simply isn’t enough to compensate for the low memory specs. For the price there are a few notable options like the Sony Xperia, Samsung Galaxy and other Chinese brands. Note that we didn’t include Motorola phones as since we discovered that they no longer offer Android software updates requiring you to buy a new phone if you want the latest Android OS.
- Nokia 5.1
All 3G frequencies(dependent on country)
All 4G frequencies (dependent on country)
Dual SIM available
- L151.1 x W70.7 x D8.3 mm
- Weight 165 grams
5.5 inch 1,920 x 1080 AMOLED
8MP 2nd forward facing still/video call camera
- Video Camera
1080 HD 30FPS main video camera
Octa-core 2.0 Ghz (Mediatek MT67555)
Up to 16 Gig for user
Up to 128Gig microSD expansion
Fast charging capable
A-GPS, GLANOSS, Ambient light, Accelerometer,
G sensor, Gyroscope, fingerprint scanner
Li-Po 2970 mAh battery
Up to 24 Days standby for average use.
- Price history
Approx 200E uros August 2018 but Approx $400 AUD (Outright)