Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Differences and Similarities in Design, Performance and Pricing

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Finnish giant, HMD Global has been making very frequent launches as of late. Nokia has debuted two new Android One smartphones in the market which are making the rounds of the internet. The Nokia X6 and Nokia X5 were rebranded as the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus for the Indian market. Despite their similar naming, there are quite a lot of differences between both of these phones. Below we shed some light on these differences, on what grounds these two phones differ and how they are similar.


Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus Design and Display

Both the Nokia phones sport the same 5.84-inch IPS LCD, however, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a much better Full HD+ resolution with 1080×2280 pixels, and also comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. On the other hand, the Nokia 5.1 Plus only gets the HD resolution of 720×1520 pixels, and it also doesn’t sport Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. The only similarity in these two is of the screen size. The pixel density also differs, as the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets 432ppi on-screen whereas the Nokia 5.1 Plus only has a pixel density of 287ppi. The notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, also allows for a much better screen real-estate giving the phone a more modern look as compared to the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The build quality is also a key differentiator these two phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a glass aluminium body, whereas, the Nokia 5.1 sports plastic body. The rest of the design aspects of both these phones, including the camera orientation and the location of the fingerprint sensor remain the same.

Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus Hardware and Software

These two phones pack processors which are not at all alike. While the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset clocking a frequency of 1.8GHz, the Nokia 5.1 Plus packs a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC that gets clock speeds up to 2.0GHz. On the graphics front, the Adreno 509 GPU power the Nokia 6.1 Plus, whereas the Nokia 5.1 Plus features the Mali-G72 MP3.

In the Indian market, Nokia 6.1 Plus has debuted in the 4GB+64GB variant only with the storage being expandable to 400GB using a hybrid microSD card slot. The Nokia 5.1 Plus gets two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, with the memory being expandable to 256GB. The connectivity options on both of these phones include dual-band Wi-Fi, Type-C USB, and A-GPS, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets Bluetooth 5.0 while the other comes with the dated Bluetooth 4.2. Both these phones boot stock Android 8.1 Oreo without any bloatware whatsoever. Owing to the Android One certification, the phones will also be the first of the few to receive the Android P and Android Q update in the coming months. Speaking of the battery, both of these devices come with the same 3,060mAh unit. However, only the Nokia 6.1 comes with QuickCharge 3.0 and 18W adapter, meaning that users will be able to charge their device in just half an hour fully. Also in terms of weight, the Nokia 6.1 Plus weighs 9grams lesser than the 160 grams Nokia 5.1 Plus.

Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus Camera

The Nokia 6.1 Plus again fares better in terms of camera and imaging thanks to the 16MP+5MP rear dual camera setup and a 16MP front shooter. The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 13MP+5MP rear dual camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. Speaking of the video recording capabilities, 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 stabilisation for HD video recording at 30fps.

Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus Pricing

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a price tag of Rs 15,999, while the other Nokia 5.1’s pricing remains a mystery for now. Although it is known that the phone will go live for sale in September the Chinese pricing for the phone which is 999 Chinese Yuan points to the fact that the device can debut in India with the price point hovering somewhere around Rs 11,999.

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