Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, and Nokia 2.1 are announced: the purest of Android at an affordable price

Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1, and Nokia 2.1 are announced: the purest of Android at an affordable price
Pictured above, the Nokia 5.1 is the top new smartphone among the trio

HMD Global today expanded its portfolio of Nokia Android smartphones with three new models – the Nokia5.1, Nokia 3.1, and Nokia 2.1. Continuing the tradition of HMD’s previous efforts in the Android world, the new phones offer a pure, up-to-date Android experience with Android One and Android Go, and at an affordable price!

Nokia 5.1

The Nokia 5.1 carries the biggest punch of the trio. It comes with a trendy, 5.5-inch, 18:9 full HD display that’s coated with Gorilla Glass to protect it from scratches, and an oleophobic layer on top of that to fend off fingerprints. Inside, there’s a 2.0 GHz MediaTek Helio P18 octa-core processor, paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending on the version you choose. HMD says this setup is capable of delivering 40% better performance than the previous generation, so Nokia 5 users looking for an upgrade that doesn’t break the bank will appreciate the boost in performance.

The Nokia 5.1 comes in versions with 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via the MicroSD card slot that takes cards of up to 128GB in capacity. At the heart of the phone, there’s 2990 mAh battery, though there’s no word on battery life yet.

Around its sleek back, the Nokia 5.1 features a single, 16MP camera with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-tone LED flash. Up front, there’s an 8MP selfie camera for those trendy bothies that the brand is so keen on.

The new Nokia 5.1 will come in three colors: Copper, Tempered Blue and Black (the latter of which will be available a few weeks after launch); two storage/RAM options: 2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB, and will be available starting July 2018 at a global average retail price of €189 ($218).

Nokia 3.1

Nokia 3 has been the most successful model in the Android line-up of Nokia smartphones. Building on top of that foundation comes the new Nokia 3.1. HMD says the phone was designed with single-hand use in mind, and is the company’s most affordable smartphone with an 18:9 screen. It’s a 5.2-inch HD+ display protected by Gorilla glass with an oleophobic coating on top, to keep those pesky fingerprints away.

As far as hardware goes, the Nokia 3.1 runs MediaTek 6750, an octa-core chipset, providing a 50% boost in performance over its predecessor. The Nokia 3.1 comes in two versions – with 2GB RAM/16GB storage and with 3GB RAM/32GB storage. Of course, internal memory can be expanded with MicroSD cards of up to 128GB.

The new Nokia 3.1 will come in three dual-tone color versions: Blue/Copper, Black/Chrome, and White/Iron; two storage/RAM options: 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB, and will be available starting June 2018 at a global average retail price of €139 ($160).

Nokia 2.1

The Nokia 2.1 is a bit more modest than the other two new offerings, but it promises a 2-day battery life, just like its predecessor! Equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery that charges faster than before, the Nokia 2.1 is made to satisfy your media-consuming needs on the go for prolonged periods.

The Nokia 2.1 runs a Snapdragon 425 CPU, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Of course, the latter can be expanded up to 128GB via the MicroSD card slot.

The new Nokia 2.1 will come in three dual-tone color versions: Blue/Copper, Blue/Silver and Grey/Silver and will be available starting July 2018 at a global average retail price of $115.

source: HMD Global



1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Loving the colors Nokia is using for their phones!

2. middlehead

Posts: 475; Member since: May 12, 2014

Anybody know what the Qualcomm equivalents are for the MT processors? I know what to expect from QC's model numbers, but not where MT matches up.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Nokia 5.1 has Mediatek Helio P18 chipset, 8 A53 cores (4x 2 GHz, 4x 1.2GHz) and a Mali T860 single core GPU. Basically this thing can't even be compared with S625. That not only has superior processor but multiple times superior GPU. What's worse is the fact that others are offering S636 in this price range which is infinitely superior. And the mediatek processor in Nokia 3.1 isn't even mention worthy and is even worse. Basically Nokia has shot itself in the foot by going with such poor Mediatek processors.

12. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Basically Nokia has shot itself in the foot by going with such poor Mediatek processors." Really? 99% of the phone buying public don't even know what a SoC is never mind which one is in a phone. The vast majority just look at the screen size, camera pixels and price.

3. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Nokia again missing the opportunity to bring adequate specs to the very admirable Nokia 2 series phones. What a shame! I was looking forward to the 2gb/16gb and 3gb/32gb variant along with its superb 4000mAh battery to shut down the competition in this category of smartphones. Sad shame, I'll have to look at the other Chinese offerings to get what I want now cos the albeit wonderful Nokia 2 in my pocket has reliability in the battery endurance it fails in everything else expected in a 'smartphone'.

5. johnh3

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Nokia 5.1 is 40% faster than the previous Nokia 5, and still people complain. I think its fine that they have a mix of Qualcomm and MediaTek devices. All eggs in one basket are not good in the long run. Or be dependend in only one company. So I think HMD Global/Nokia know what they are doing.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Good at least no ugly notch!

7. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Why make the screen sizes so big? Why can't someone make a decent phone in a compact design without charging tons like Sony, its not hard!

8. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

People nowdays prefer big phone with wide screen than a compact phone.

11. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

Not everyone.

13. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Then get ur tiny hands large enough from gods wausjackbauer.Nobody want small screen phones which causes eye strain to us.

9. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ok Nokia we get it now please release the beast and successor to the Lumia 1020. Huawei already proved that there are no excuses not to at this point. Give us the goods.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Love Nokia, but they always seem to miss one or two things. Why Mediatek Processors? Also if the Nokia 2.1 had 2GB of ram.. daam man that would have been the best base level offering on the entire market. There is hope for next year. Nokia!!! I still adore their style, oh man the Nostalgia.

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