“Both the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus offer a similar form factor and dual rear cameras

Earlier this year, Nokia launched its first smartphone with a 19:9 aspect ratio, the Nokia X6 (first impressions), which has been launched in India as the 6.1 Plus (review). Alongside the Finnish brand also introduced the Nokia 5.1 Plus (first impressions), which is the global variant of the X5. Both smartphones are priced in the mid-range and feature a display notch, so it’s but natural that both of them will be pitted against each other. So without further ado, here’s a detailed comparison between the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus.

Design and display


Before we start talking about the design, bear in mind that the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a much more affordable option than its pricier sibling. Perhaps that’s why the Nokia 6.1 Plus looks premium, thanks to the use of glass on both front and rear panel. While the 5.1 Plus also flaunts the same glossy finish on both sides, it sports a polycarbonate frame. Another noticeable difference is the size of the display notch on both phones, which is a tad larger on the Nokia 5.1 Plus, even though there’s no new sensor. In terms of the placement of buttons and ports, both handsets are identical. 

Coming to the display, the siblings flaunt the latest 19:9 aspect ratio on a display measuring 5.8-inches. However, the 5.1 Plus features a resolution of 1,520 x 720 pixels, as compared to the crisper full HD+ resolution on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Further, the 6.1 Plus also gets the protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.

Hardware and software

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While the Nokia 5.1 Plus is powered by MediaTek’s powerful mid-range processor, Helio P60, the 6.1 Plus comes equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset. MediaTek’s offering comes with a die size of 12nm, as compared to the 14nm fabrication of SD636 and as such is expected to be more power efficient, at least on paper. As per benchmarks however, both chipsets are at par with each other in the day-to-day usage. The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while its affordable sibling is available with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory onboard.

Coming to the software, both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus are Android One smartphones and boot stock Android 8.1 Oreo. The phones are also entitled to the next two major Android upgrades.

Camera and battery

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Shifting the spotlight (pun intended) to cameras, both the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus come flaunting a dual rear camera module. While the Nokia 5.1 Plus ships with 13MP + 5MP setup, the 6.1 Plus flaunts a pair of 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel shooters. For selfies, the 6.1 Plus offers a higher-res 16MP sensor on the front, whereas the 5.1 Plus comes with an 8MP sensor. The phones also get the proprietary Bothie mode from the brand, which lets users capture images from both front and rear cameras at the same time.

For power requirements, both the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus get an identical 3,060mAh cell.

Closing thoughts

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The Nokia 5.1 Plus is priced at Rs 10,999, while the 6.1 Plus will set you back by Rs 15,999. While it’s clear that both smartphones are targeting at different segments, it’s good to see both of them offering a similar form factor, dual rear cameras and an equivalent processor in comparison to its pricier sibling.