HMD Global owned Nokia has put in every ounce of effort to bring some of the best smartphones in the market right now. In less than a year, the brand has managed to get some extensive attention from buyers all around the globe. The phones from Nokia come with stock Android on-board and cameras boasting of Zeiss Optics lens. For 2018, the Finnish brand has revised its budget line-up with the introduction of Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1. Below we have compared these three devices across all parameters so that you can decide which is the best bang for your buck.
Design and Display
Nokia has been a renowned name when it comes to making durable smartphones. The Nokia 5.1 in this series boasts of being moulded from a single slab of series 6000 Aluminium thus promising a sturdy built quality. Talking about the Nokia 3.1, despite the lower pricing the company hasn’t compromised with the built quality and has embedded the phone with diamond cut aluminium along with a layer of Corning Gorilla glass on the front. The entry-level smartphone by Nokia, the Nokia 2.1 also comes with metal accents which make the phone more durable besides lending it some aesthetical edge.
The displays on all these three Nokia smartphones come with 18:9 aspect ratio. The Nokia 5.1 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display, the Nokia 3.1 gets a 5.2-inch HD+ panel, and lastly, the Nokia 2.1 comes with a 5.5-inch screen but with hefty bezels and front-facing speakers.
Hardware and Software
Firstly the Nokia 5.1 packs a MediaTek Helio P18 Octa-core processor which claims to increase the performance by 40% on the phone compared to its predecessor. This SoC comes accompanied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Meanwhile, the Nokia 3.1 packs the MediaTek MT6750 Octa-core processor under the hood paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The company claims a 50% performance improvement on this one. Last but not the least, the Nokia 2.1 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip which comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. This one also claims to improve by 50% in performance over its predecessor.
On the software front, the Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 3.1, both the phones boot Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with the promise of two years of OS update and three years of security patches owing to the Android One certification. On the other hand, the Nokia 2.1 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) and remains in line to receive the Android P update in the coming weeks.
Camera and Battery
The Nokia 5.1 sports a 16MP snapper on the rear side and an 8MP sensor on the front while the Nokia 3.1 features a 13MP primary camera on the rear and an 8MP sensor up front. The Nokia 2.1 comes with an 8MP shooter on the back and a 5MP camera on the front side.
On the power front, the Nokia 5.1 boasts of a 3000mAh battery, and the Nokia 3.1 comes powered by a 2990mAh unit. However, the Nokia 2.1 differs from these two and packs a massive 4000mAh battery lending it more stamina and standby time.
The Nokia 5.1 starts selling at Rs 14,999 while the buyers will be able to get their hands on the Nokia 3.1 by only paying Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM options. The Nokia 2.1 will be the cheapest of them all and will retail at Rs 6,999. All the three phones have started selling yesterday, August 12.
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