In this comparison, we are going to talk about some affordable mid-range smartphones from Nokia, Vivo, and Honor. To be specific, we will compare the newly launched Nokia 5.1 and the Vivo Y81, with the Honor 9 Lite. All of these phones will soon be available for purchase in India.
The Vivo Y81, and the Nokia 5.1 are the latest entrants in the mid-range segment. The Honor 9 Lite, on the other hand, was launched in December last year. It is still a good mid-range smartphone, and in the same price bracket as the other two.
Nokia 5.1 vs Vivo Y81 vs Honor 9 Lite – Price in India
The Nokia 5.1 is the successor to last years’ Nokia 5, and is priced at Rs. 14,999. The Vivo Y81 is a little bit cheaper at Rs 12,990, whereas the Honor 9 Lite is the cheapest of the lot at Rs. 11,999.
Nokia 5.1 vs Vivo Y81 vs Honor 9 Lite – Design and Display
In terms of design, the Nokia 5.1 wins over the others. It has got an elegant design that is simply amazing to look at. It uses an all aluminium body with curved edges and a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. The Vivo Y81 has a more recent design, with thin bezels, a metal body, and a notch at the front on its larger 6.22-inch LCD panel with an HD+ resolution and an even taller 19:9 aspect ratio.
Finally, the Honor 9 Lite has a glass and aluminium design and a 5.65-inch LCD Full HD+ display, once again with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Nokia 5.1 vs Vivo Y81 vs Honor 9 Lite – Performance and Hardware
Both the Nokia 5.1 and Vivo Y81 house a MediaTek made chipset, but they are different. The Nokia 5.1 has a less powerful MediaTek MT6755s, whereas the Vivo Y81 comes with a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. The Honor 9 Lite comes with the HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor.
The Nokia 5.1 has a maximum of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, whereas the Vivo Y81 also has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Honor 9 Lite gets up to 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. All three devices have a microSD slot.
Nokia 5.1 vs Vivo Y81 vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera
In terms of camera, the Honor 9 Lite is the best of the lot thanks to its dual-rear camera setup, with one 13MP sensor and another 2MP unit. Both the Nokia 5.1 and the Vivo Y81 come with a single rear camera. The Nokia has a single 16MP rear camera, whereas the Vivo comes with a 13MP shooter.
For selfie cameras, the Nokia 5.1 gets an 8MP unit, the Vivo Y81 gets a 5MP unit, and the Honor 9 wins again with a dual-camera setup at the front as well. All three phones can take good photos in the daylight, but you cannot compare them to higher-end devices. The Honor gets more software enhancements and features in the camera department.
Nokia 5.1 vs Vivo Y81 vs Honor 9 Lite: Battery and OS
The Nokia 5.1 and Honor 9 Lite, both get a 3000mAh battery, while the Vivo Y81 gets a slightly bigger 3260mAh cell. None of them supports fast charging, and you get a dated micro USB port. All of them do come with a headphone jack though.
The software is an important part, and we think the Nokia 5.1 wins here. This is because the Nokia 5.1 is an Android One phone and comes with stock Android 8.1 Oreo. The Vivo Y81 also runs Android 8.1 Oreo, but comes with the FunTouch OS UI. Same is the story with the Honor 9 Lite, which runs Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI on top.
Nokia 5.1 vs Vivo Y81 vs Honor 9 Lite: Verdict
For smooth performance, regular software updates, and a great design, we would recommend the Nokia 5.1. If you want something better in taking photos, the Honor 9 Lite is a great choice, thanks to its better imaging setup.
Overall though, the Vivo Y81 is a great package, as it gets the biggest screen, largest battery, and a very new 2018 design. It also sits between the two products in terms of pricing.