“Here’s how the Nokia 2.1, the Nokia 3.1 and the Nokia 5.1 stack up against each other on paper”

It’s been a little over a year since Nokia officially got back in the smartphone business and within such a short span, the brand has managed to have quite a tally of devices under its portfolio. After launching the Nokia 6.1 (review), the brand has now refreshed its entire budget lineup for 2018 with the launch of the Nokia 2.1, the Nokia 3.1 and the Nokia 5.1. If you are curious to see how these smartphones stack up against each other, then read on. 

Design and display 

Nokia 5.1 (3)

Nokia has a reputation for building smartphones that can take a lot of abuse and come out unscathed, and we’re glad to see that tradition continuing with the trio of devices launched recently. Take the Nokia 5.1 for instance, which has been constructed from a single slab of series 6000 aluminium and has been subjected to 33 stages of machining, anodising and polishing. Consequently, the rigorous procedure should lend the smartphone a premium in-hand feel. The Nokia 3.1 on the other hand, gets its structural integrity from diamond-cut aluminium sides and features a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass at the front for protection against scratches. Lastly, despite being an entry-level smartphone, Nokia has gone the extra mile and has furnished the Nokia 2.1 with metal accents, which not only look good but should also work in favour of the smartphone’s durability.

Nokia 2.1As far as the displays are concerned, the Nokia 5.1 as well as the Nokia 3.1 ship with tall displays with an aspect ratio of 18:9. While the Nokia 5.1 features a 5.5-inch FHD+ display, the Nokia 3.1 gets a 5.2-inch HD+ panel. Owing to their compact form factors and a nearly bezel-less design, both the smartphones seem to be ideal for one-handed usage. On the flip side, the Nokia 2.1 retains the chunky bezels as seen on the last year’s model, albeit comes with a front-firing dual-speaker setup. Coupled with the smartphone’s 5.5-inch HD display, the phone should be able to offer a good multimedia viewing experience to consumers on a budget. 

Hardware and software

Nokia was at the receiving end of the backlash last year as most of its offerings shipped with sub-par specifications. This year, the company has aimed to improve that aspect. Starting with the Nokia 5.1, the smartphone now comes with a MediaTek Helio P18 octa-core processor which offers 40 percent more grunt under the hood than the previous year’s model. The smartphone comes with either 3GB of RAM, which is coupled with 32GB of built-in expandable storage.

Nokia 3.1 with background

On the other hand, the Nokia 3.1 is backed by the MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor which works in tandem with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Nokia claims that this setup gives users a 50 percent performance boost over its predecessor. Lastly, the Nokia 2.1 ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip which has been paired with 8GB of internal memory and a gig of RAM. The company claims that the combination will give the device 50 percent faster performance than the last year’s model. 

Nokia 2.1 speakersAs far as the software is concerned, both, the Nokia 5.1 and the Nokia 3.1 are part of Google’s Android One program and boot Android Oreo out of the box. Moreover, these phones will receive monthly security patches for three years and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme. Meanwhile, the Nokia 2.1 boots Android Oreo (Go edition) and like its siblings, it’s slated to get the upcoming Android P update as well. 

Camera and battery

Nokia 3.1 camera

For optics, the Nokia 5.1 ships with a pair of 16MP and 8MP sensors at the rear and the front, respectively. In contrast, the Nokia 3.1 sports a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP secondary shooter. Lastly, the Nokia 2.1 comes equipped with an 8MP main snapper and a 5MP selfie camera. 

Nokia 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 FB featIn the battery department, the Nokia 5.1 draws fuel from a 3,000mAh cell, while the Nokia 3.1 is powered by a 2,990mAh unit. But it’s the Nokia 2.1 that ships with the beefiest battery of the lot, which carries a rating of 4,000mAh.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the Nokia 5.1 will set buyers back by Rs 14,999. The Nokia 3.1 carries a price tag of Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants, respectively. The Nokia 2.1 is the most affordable of the trio and has a sticker price of Rs 6,999. All the three smartphones will be up for grabs starting August 12th, 2018. Clearly, Nokia has gone back to the drawing board and has improved its second-gen smartphones in numerous ways. But will the trio be able to compete against the likes of Xiaomi and Honor in the budget segment? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.