“The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with a large 6-inch display and 3,500mAh battery”

The HMD Global-owned brand Nokia has been launching smartphones on a regular basis in India, especially in the the recent few months. Just last month, the company launched the notch-toting Nokia 6.1 Plus (review) and Nokia 5.1 Plus (review) in the country. Now, the brand has gone ahead and launched yet another Plus variant in the country dubbed the Nokia 3.1 Plus (first impressions). Surprisingly, unlike previous Plus-labelled devices, the latest Nokia 3.1 Plus doesn’t flaunt a display cutout but comes with the standard 18:9 panel. Wondering what else separates Nokia 3.1 Plus from its Plus siblings? We have pitted it against the more affordable Nokia 5.1 Plus just for this purpose. Stay with us to find out.

Design and Display

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As we have mentioned before, the main distinguishing factor between the two is the display cutout. The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with a large 6-inch display, which retains the 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. Akin to the previous Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 3, the latest launch also has considerable bezels on the top and bottom of the display. As for the Nokia 5.1 Plus, the smartphone features a 5.86-inch HD+ display with an iPhone X-like notch and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Therefore, while both displays are similar in size and resolution, the Nokia 5.1 Plus gets a brownie point for a more futuristic design.

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The second distinguishing factor between the two is the build quality. The Nokia 5.1 Plus is more gorgeous of the two, sporting a glass sandwich design with a shiny polycarbonate frame. The Nokia 3.1 Plus, on the other hand, feels slightly dated owing to its unibody polycarbonate design. However, we have to give it to the Nokia 3.1 Plus for not being a smudge magnet. That said, if you want a smartphone that looks stunning, the Nokia 5.1 Plus should be your choice… at least among these two devices. 

Lastly, the Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a USB Type-C port, which is fast becoming a standard these days. In comparison, the Nokia 3.1 Plus sticks to the older micro-USB port.

Performance and software

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Coming to the crux of these smartphones, both Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 3.1 Plus come powered by MediaTek P-series chipsets. While the former comes with a Helio P60 processor ticking at its core, the latter gets the Helio P22. Both chipsets are fabricated using 12nm die size, which means the smartphones are capable of delivering a good balance between performance and battery efficiency. Further, both processors boast dedicated AI units for AI-based features.

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In the software department, both Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus are Android One branded handsets. What this means is that they come with stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and are also guaranteed to get the latest Android Pie update as well. Further, the smartphones are eligible for three years of software support from Google, including two major Android updates as well as a year’s worth of security updates.

As for storage configurations, the Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus are both being offered with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Both smartphones also support microSD cards up to 400GB in capacity.

Camera and battery

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In the camera department, the Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 3.1 Plus seem to be heading towards a Mexican standoff. This is because both smartphones are equipped with dual camera modules on the rear panel with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, aided by a 5-megapixel secondary shooter and LED flash. The similarity continues on to the front camera, as both smartphones have been equipped with 8-megapixel selfie shooters. Needless to say, in the camera department, the smartphones are neck to neck with each other, on paper at least.

As for the battery, Nokia 3.1 Plus gets an edge over its sibling. The smartphone comes with a beefier 3,500mAh battery, whereas, the Nokia 5.1 Plus gets a smaller 3,060mAh cell.

Closing thoughts

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As we said before, both these smartphones seem quite evenly matched. You get a more modern notch display and stunning glass build with the Nokia 5.1 Plus. On the other hand, the Nokia 3.1 Plus delivers an industrial design, along with a bigger display and more powerful battery. In the end, as is usually the case, it all boils down to user preference. Which one of the two you are likely to pick? Let us know in the comment box.