Nokia 5.1 Complete Specifications, Features and Price

nokia 5.1 specs price

It appears that HMD isn’t going to dump the “.1” tag anytime soon. The Nokia 2.1 and 3.1 have been floated in the past as upgrades to Nokia 2 and 3 respectively. This time around, the Nokia 5.1 is seen as an upgrade to the Nokia 5. Apart from the name, there have been real upgrades in design and hardware too. Surprisingly, it is a budget phone considering the specs it owns.

Nokia 5.1 Key Specs

  • 5-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, (2160 x 1080 pixels)
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Octa-core MediaTek Helio P18 CPU
  • 2GB/3GB RAM/16GB/32GB built-in storage space, up to 256GB with a memory card
  • 8MP front camera
  • 6MP rear camera
  • 2,970mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery


Nokia 5.1 Design and Display

While the Nokia 5.1 is a budget phone and is not expected to feature anything premium, it does not sport the plastic case in the Nokia 5. Rather, it has a metallic body. This aluminium body tends to be durable and that’s a plus for those who might own the phone. It has a big full HD+ 5.5” IPS display (definitely bigger than the former which is a 5.2 inches) with an 18:9 ratio that is good enough to watch series of videos, surf the internet and play high definition games.

Also, the side is almost bezeless but the bezels are conspicuous at both the top and the bottom of the phone’s display. It does not have the latest USB Type-C option. Rather, it owns the fast becoming outdated MicroUSB 2.0. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the rear of the device.


OS and Software

The Nokia 5.1 is powered by the Android 8.1 OS. It is certain that it shall be upgradable to the Android 9 Pie when it is made available.

The device runs on a rather modest an Octa-core MediaTek chipset while the Graphics Processing Unit is Mali-T860 MP2 which ensures a smooth video viewing and seamless gaming.

There are two variants of the phone available. The former sports a 2GB internal memory with 16GB of storage while the latter features a 3GB internal memory and 32Gb of storage. Both of them can be expanded by a MicroSD card up to 256GB.


Camera and Connectivity

The Nokia 5.1 features an 8MP front-facing camera while the rear camera is 16MP which sports a phase detection auto-focus. This means that no detail is left out. The phone is 4G-enabled and is characterized by Bluetooth 4.2



The battery is a big let down. In a world where smartphones own 4000 mAh batteries, the Nokia 5.1 sports a rather mediocre 2,970 mAh battery. That’s quite unimpressive!



General Features

Platform: Android 8.1 Oreo

Processor: Octa-core MediaTek Helio P18

Memory: 2GB/3GB RAM

Colours: Copper, Tempered Blue, Black

Dimension: 151.1 x 70.7 x 8.2 mm

SIM Type: Nano SIM

SIM Count: Dual SIM



Display: 5.5-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels (439 ppi)



Rear Camera: 16MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps

Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama

Front Camera: 8MP camera, 720p Video@30fps



Built-in Storage: 16GB/32GB

Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 256GB


Network Support

2G GSM: Yes

2G CDMA 1X: –



4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)

Internet & Connectivity




HSPA+: Yes, 42.2/5.76Mbps

4G LTE: LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct

Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes

Bluetooth: Yes, v4.2, A2DP, LE

USB Port: MicroUSB 2.0




Instant Messaging: Yes

Push Emails: Yes



Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player

Video Player: MP4/H.264 player

FM Radio: Yes

Loudspeaker: Yes

3.5mm Jack: Yes



Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

Digital Compass: Yes/li>

Accelerometer: Yes

Proximity Sensor: Yes

Light Sensor: Yes

Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (rear)

Face Unlock: Yes


Other Features

Video Streaming: Yes

Active Noise Cancellation: Yes

Image Editor: Yes

Video Editor: Yes

Document Viewer: Yes

Document Editor: Yes


Battery: 2, 970mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery


Nokia 5.1 Pricing and Availability

The smartphone is available for sale already and costs about $218 for the 2GB RAM and $252 for the 3GB RAM. It sells for around N61,000 in Nigeria, see Jumia offers.

Posted by Kunle Okenla

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