Nokia 5.1 Plus: 5 Reasons the Latest Nokia Android One is Best Alternative to Asus Zenfone Max Pro

Here are five main reasons that make the Nokia 5.1 Plus the best alternative to the popular ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant.

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The Nokia 5.1 Plus, which was launched alongside the Nokia 6.1 Plus in India last month, is finally available for pre-order in the country. Priced at Rs.10,999, the smartphone is a decent alternative to rivals like the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 base variant. While it may not be superior in many areas, it does come with a few features that might make it seem more attractive to some buyers.

Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Design

When it comes to build quality, both the Nokia 5.1 Plus and ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 are quite impressive as they are made using premium materials. While the ASUS handset boasts a metal unibody design, the Nokia 5.1 Plus has glass on both sides and a polycarbonate frame in the middle. However, in terms of appearance, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is certainly the more attractive of the two, thanks to its high-gloss body and CNC-machined metal camera bezel. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, features an understated design.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Higher Screen-To-Body Ratio

The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with an edge-to-edge 5.86-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1520 HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. In comparison, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 has a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display featuring 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. While there is no doubt that the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has the edge when it comes to pixel density as well as the display size, the Nokia handset has the higher screen-to-body ratio of the two phones, thanks to a notch at the top. Of course, if you are someone who absolutely hates notches, then the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is no doubt the better option for you.

Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: Android One

The Nokia 5.1 Plus will ship with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box. Since it is an Android One smartphone, it is guaranteed to receive three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS upgrades. This means the Nokia 5.1 Plus will not only receive the Android Pie update but could well be upgraded to Android Q next year. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 also offers a stock Android experience but is not part of the Android One program. However, ASUS has confirmed that the smartphone will receive the Android P update. So if you care about consistent software updates, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is certainly the better option.

Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: AI Camera Features

The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 13MP + 5MP dual-camera setup on the back and an 8MP selfie camera on the front. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 also features dual 13MP + 5MP cameras at the rear and an 8MP selfie camera. However, only the Nokia 5.1 Plus offers AI-backed camera features that are aimed at helping users capture better photos. Some of these features include portrait lighting, bokeh blur, haze removal, and beauty mode. The Nokia 5.1 Plus also supports the “Bothie” feature, which lets you take photos using both the front and rear cameras simultaneously.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus vs Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: USB Type-C Port

The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a newer USB Type-C port instead of the regular microUSB 2.0 port found on the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1. In fact, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is one of the few budget Android smartphones on sale in the country currently to feature a USB Type-C port. However, it should be noted that the USB Type-C port on the Nokia 5.1 Plus supports the USB 2.0 standard and not the latest USB 3.1.