Nokia X5 to Debut in India as Nokia 5.1 Plus, Likely to Give a Hard Time to Redmi Note 5 and RealMe 1

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The Nokia X5 recently made its way to Chinese stores and given the success and likability of the device there is nothing to stop us from expecting the device in India. However, it is entirely possible that Nokia might release this phone with the title of Nokia 5.1 Plus in India instead of Nokia X5. The major brands which will rival Nokia 5.1 Plus in the Indian market are going to be Realme and Xiaomi. While the former is a pretty new entrant in the race of budget phones, it still is a solid competitor. Without any delay let’s take a bird’s eye view on the five best features of the Nokia X5/Nokia 5.1 Plus to see how it will attempt to beat Realme or Xiaomi.

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The Realme 1 and the Redmi Note 5 both lag behind Nokia in this regard. HMD Global owned brand has been known to make rock solid phones in the past, and it continues to put in substantial work in the designs of its phones even now. The Nokia X5 comes with a glass front and back which puts it ahead of the Realme 1 which, although, sports a premium feel, it still comes with a plastic casing.

With Nokia X5 sporting the notch, it remains an evident fact that the notch is no longer limited to the premium or flagship segment. By introducing the Nokia X5, Nokia has brought the notch design to the Rs 10,000 price point. Combine that with the glass front and back, the Nokia X5 scores highly on the aesthetics page.

Android One
The Nokia X5, in China, released without Android One branding on the rear, but the Nokia 5.1 Plus, in India, will come with Android One certification, meaning that it will be eligible for monthly security patches and quick Android updates. The device will also rapidly receive Android P and Android Q update when it comes out. The phone will boot pure stock Android which means that users will be able to experience a bloatware free software on their phones.

Impressive Camera and Imaging
Nokia has left no stone unturned to make sure that they ship the best camera which justifies the price point of their devices. Same is the case with X5, which comes equipped with AI image technology, built-in portrait background blur, portrait skin mode, HDR mode and other functions making the camera on this phone one its kind in this price range.


Brand of Nokia
Many would agree that Nokia made the best phones back in the day, however, all throughout the fall and rise of the brand, the weight that the Nokia tag carries hasn’t worn out. Thus, all the Nokia phones by HMD Global come with a reliable brand name associated with them which invites trust from buyers. On the other hand, brands like Xiaomi and the relatively new Realme struggle with this.

The Nokia X5 sports the Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset and comes paired with either 3GB or 4GB RAM depending on the variant. The screen is a 5.8-inch IPS LCD panel with HD+ resolution. The phone sports a dual rear camera setup of 13MP+5MP depth-sensing camera. The front camera is an 8MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture and a super wide 80.4degree angle of view. The camera comes with lots of enhancements, and also the users have the option of expanding the storage up to 256GB via a microSD card.

Pricing and Availability
In China, the Nokia X5 retails for CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,200) for the entry-level variant (3GB+32GB) and CNY 1,399 (approx Rs 14,300) for the high-end variant (4GB+64GB). The Indian pricing of the phone is expected not to wander too far away from Rs 10,999 when it launches. Also, as we mentioned above, the phone will debut with the name of Nokia 5.1 Plus here in India.

The Realme 1 with Helio P60 is available at a starting price of Rs 8,999 in India. It's entirely possible that HMD will launch the Nokia 5.1 Plus around the same price point.

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