Nokia 5.1 unboxing and hands-on: Android One for everyone


The Nokia 5.1 might well be the Android One phone for... everyone. The affordable new Nokia 5.1 features a 5.5-inch screen and runs on a clean version of Google's Android platform optimized for speed.

The phones comes in a colorful box and here are all the accessories that you find inside.

What's in the box:

  • Nokia 5.1 phone
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB to standard USB cable
  • 3.5mm ear buds (black)
  • Sim ejector tool
  • User manual

Unfortunately, the Nokia 5.1 only supports the old microUSB standard for charging, rather than the newer and more convenient USB-C standard. This is one compromise that are still made in the cheapest phones in order to bring their price down, but it's really something we wish changed sooner.


For all else, the Nokia 5.1 is a fairly well built phone with an aluminum body and a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD display. Under the hood, the phone runs on the MediaTek Helio P18 chip, another cost-cutting measure that might not please everyone, as much as the clean software. There are two versions of the phone, one with 16 gigs of storage and 2GB of RAM, and an upper tier with 32GB of storage and 3GB RAM.

On the back, you get a 16-megapixel single main camera, while up front, you have an 8-megapixel shooter for selfies.

The battery inside the Nokia 5.1 has a 2,970mAh capacity.

Hands-on Impressions


Our hands-on impressions of the Nokia 5.1 are those of a reliable affordable phone without bells and whistles. The design is utilitarian, and the screen quality is just average in terms of color reproduction with noticeable motion blur as you scroll around. The most alluring part of the Nokia 5.1 is indeed its clean software and nearly rock bottom budget price. With tough competition from Huawei, Honor, and the likes of Xiaomi in this space, though, the Nokia 5.1 has a tough fight on its hands.

Related phones

5.1
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P18, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2970 mAh

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21 Comments

1. sebstin

Posts: 156; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Wish it was really 5.1" compact phone...

17. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 447; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Same, hate all these big phones

2. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

Just buy an essential ph1 and you get top end android already with pie and usb c.

3. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. The Essential phone is better than anything Nokia is putting out at the moment. Just screams derivative device imo and that's what Nokia's devices feel like to me.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

No thanks. I'd rather buy a Nokia branded smartphone, as HMD is sure to be around for a lot longer than Essential is.

6. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Don't worry about uninformed opinions that try to masquerade as facts. We both know that Essential is a much better bang for your buck.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

Instead of taking cheap potshots at me and taking my comments that have absolutely nothing to do with you so personal, address me directly next time. Or are you afraid that you'll find out that I'm correct in saying that Nokia branded smartphones not only offer better bang for your buck than the Essential Phone, but they will still be around long after Essential is gone, which won't be long now.

9. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You mean like the comment you posted below? You are the last person who should be talking about cheap potshots considering that you take them all the time. I'm not afraid to address you at all. I intend to put you in your place each and every time you decide to get bold and take a potshot, challenge what I say, or post your usual nonsense about the Pixel and Essential just because you disagree with the facts.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! The comment below has nothing to do with you. As you can see, you were the one that decided to get triggered by it. I clearly don't have a problem saying anything to you, and the only reason you're responding to me now is in a pitiful attempt to save face because I called you out on your cheap potshots. And lets be real here, you've never put me in my place, but I've been putting you in your place for 10 of your accounts now, especially when you post your trolling, idiocy about Nokia, BlackBerry, and Huawei. You just disagree with it because it's me saying it, so you ignore the facts.

13. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I wouldn't have a problem with you not saying anything at all. I'm not trying to save face at all. Obviously you must have been that bothered with my comment despite the fact that I didn't say any names, so apparently you must be trying to confirm what I said. And you have not been putting me in my place for 10 accounts because I don't have 10 accounts and I never have.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

I wouldn't have a problem with you being an adult and stop taking all this so personal, but that's wishful thinking on my part. You are trying to save face, and you bothered by my comment, and that's why you felt the need to take a cowardly potshot. And you don't have 10 accounts anymore because I got 8 of them banned and made you deactivate your first one.

18. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't take anything personal unlike you. You actually started with me months ago claiming that I was someone else. I wasn't bothered by your comment. I simply made a statement that you got defensive about. Wishful conjecture on your part.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you take every comment I make here personal. And you actually stated with me years ago with your first account here when you went by the name mxyzptlk. Now you're on account #10 and my comments still trigger you. But don't let the facts get in the way of your fabulous story. Carry on.

4. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I really wish Nokia would stop dragging their feet and offer more support to the US market. Where is the Nokia 7 Plus or are we getting the rumored 7.1 Plus?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

This isn't for my wants or needs, but it's sure to suit plenty of people that are a budget. HMD providing smartphones on various levels ensures that they are hitting all segments, and them focusing on the regions where they are strongest first is just business 101. They even have smartphones for regions where they have less of a presence, like the U.S., at various levels of the market. Can't wait for the release of the flagship Nokia 9 that will take the place of their current high end offering, the Nokia 8/Nokia 8 Sirocco.

10. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

A few derivatives don't count as adequate support for a region that has shown interest in midrange devices. Newsflash, not every one wants, needs, or can afford the latest Galaxy or iPhone. *sips coffee* But don't let the facts get in the way of a false narrative.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

They are as much derivatives as the Pixel one and Pixel two. And they do count, as sales have proven, much to your dismay. And newsflash: NO ONE said anything about anyone needing or being able to afford the latest and greatest from Apple and Samsung, but let's face it, you aren't going to buy a Nokia smartphone. You are just changing the facts to suit your false narrative, as usual. *Sips black tea*

14. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't say anyone did. You obviously missed the point, but it goes against your comment so I'm not surprised. I'm not changing anything despite what you want to believe. You don't know what I'm going to buy. *sips coffee*

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

You clearky inferred it, and obviously had no point to make, as usual. You're just going against what I said because it's me that said it. You clearly are changing the facts to suit your false narrative, and we both know that you aren't going to buy a Nokia smartphone, just like you don't own and never have owned a Pixel 2XL, an S9+, or a BlackBerry Key1. *Sips tea with lemon and honey*

19. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't "clearky" infer anything. I'm not going against what you are saying. There's nothing wrong with me saying Nokia needs to support the US market more, but for some reason you seem to be offended by that. Perhaps because you are doing what you falsely accuse me of doing.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 20997; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you're always going against what I say, because it's me that says it. There is nothing wrong with me pointing out the facts about HMD growing sales and market share with their Nokia branded smartphones with almost no presence in the U.S., but for some reason, you always get offended by the facts when I say them. You're definitely doing what you falsely accuse me of doing.

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