Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: What’s Different in These Android One Phones?

While both of them do look alike and feature a display that is technically the same size, the handsets do have their share of differences, and seem to be targeted at different segments of the market.

Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Nokia 6.1 Plus

The much-awaited Nokia event for unveiling the Nokia 6.1 Plus has begun and to show the Indian buyers some extra loving, the company has unveiled another smartphone: Nokia 5.1 PlusWhile both of them do look alike and feature a display that is technically the same size, the handsets do have their share of differences, and seem to be targeted at different segments of the market. Below, we detail what’s similar and what’s not so much among these two handsets, which essentially are rebranded versions of the Nokia X6 and Nokia X5.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Design, Display

While both handsets sport a 5.86 IPS LCD display, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a richer Full HD+ resolution with 1080×2280 pixels, and with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, whereas the Nokia 5.1 Plus gets a HD resolution with 720×1520 pixels, and no Corning Gorilla Glass. The similarity is only restricted to the size and the 19:9 aspect ratio of the screens, but the pixel density in the Nokia 6.1 Plus at 432 ppi is far better than the 287 ppi that the Nokia 5.1 Plus manages with. Also, the notch for housing the camera on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is significantly smaller than that of the Nokia 5.1 Plus, so you get a better look and more screen space with the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

The design of the two handsets differs in the rear panel as well, with the Nokia 6.1 Plus getting a glass-aluminium body and the Nokia 5.1 Plus managing with a glass-plastic one.

However, both handsets get the narrow chin with a Nokia sticker on the front, their fingerprint sensor on the rear, and the dual rear cameras in a similar-looking horizontal setup in the centre.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Performance, Hardware Specifications

If you thought the phones differ substantially in their display specs and design, here’s another little shocker for you: the powertrain is entirely different for these handsets. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset that is clocked at 1.8GHz, and the Nokia 5.1 Plus is powered by a Mediatek Helio P60 SoC that gets clock speeds up to 2.0GHz. The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets Adreno 509 GPU for graphics while the Nokia 5.1 Plus gets Mali-G72 MP3.

Both handsets are Android One devices and come with Android 8.1 Oreo, but since they are Android One devices they will be among the first to get an Android 9 Pie upgrade.

In India, we get only the 4GB RAM plus 64GB ROM variant of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, with the storage expandable to 400GB, but you sacrifice SIM 2 slot for that. The Nokia 5.1 Plus gets two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, expandable to 256GB.

Both handsets get dual-band WiFi, Type-C USB, and A-GPS, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets Bluetooth 5.0 while the other makes do with Bluetooth 4.2.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Camera Features

Camera gear on these two handsets is also quite different, with the Nokia 6.1 Plus getting the better equipment. It packs a 16MP+5MP rear dual camera and a 16MP front shooter, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus has a 13MP+5MP rear dual camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. The Nokia 5.1 Plus gets HD video recording and LED flash, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets dual tone dual LED flash, large pixels, and electronic image stabilization for HD video recording at 30fps.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Battery Life

The Nokia handsets share the same 3,060 mAh Li-Ion battery, but only the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets QuickCharge 3.0 and 18W adapter, so this handset can be charged half full in just a half hour. Weight wise too the Nokia 6.1 Plus is lighter by 9 grams than the 160g Nokia 5.1 Plus.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Price in India

The Nokia 6.1 Plus has been launched in India for a price tag of Rs 15,999, while the price of the Nokia 5.1 Plus has been kept secret, as it will go on sale in September. However, the Nokia 5.1 Plus sells for 999 Chinese Yuan in the China market, so we can expect that the India price will be about Rs.11,999. In any case, the specs of the Nokia 5.1 Plus point to a budget segment.

Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Verdict

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is clearly a better phone than the Nokia 5.1 Plus, but that’s because the two phones are pitched for two different market segments. The Nokia 5.1 Plus is aimed at the first-time phone buyers who are looking for smartphones under Rs 12,000, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus is placed in the mid-range smartphone market that begins upwards of Rs 15,000. We can see that both phones are excellent in their own right, but compared head-to-head, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a clear winner.

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Coming from a background in journalism, Sharjeel (not Ahmed) is curious about consumer technology. He thinks Xiaomi is taking over the world, and he is excited about it. He has written feature stories and news reports for Telangana Today, Times of India, Metro India, and a couple of other publications. He tweets at @Sharjeel314, and writes short fiction when armtwisted by his wife.