You will not please everyone – it is difficult to argue with this statement. But the new Nokia smartphone is ready to refute stereotypes. Outside, the modern “frameless” design, inside the modern iron, there is a good camera, and the system is free from debris. Yes, and they ask for quite adequate money for the device – why not a reason to get acquainted with the Nokia 5.1 Plus closer?
All trends in lightweight
When you see the word “Plus” in the name of your smartphone, you automatically imagine something big. However, given the current trends, the Nokia 5.1 Plus can be safely categorized as compact. Keep it comfortable: the case has a modern elongated shape and a small width. Despite the glass panels and roundness, the gadget does not strive to slip out of the hand. All controls and interfaces are also easily accessible, so there is no need to intercept a smartphone.
Looks new expensive and presentable. Fashionable now the glass back cover with a concise inscription logo smoothly flows into rounded edges. This design is often found in smartphones of a higher price category. Even for charging and connecting to a PC, the device is equipped with a USB Type-C balanced connector.
When the display is turned on, thin frames on the sides of the screen become noticeable. Below the new Nokia has a noticeable chin, the only visible function of which is the placement of another brand logo. And from above there was a characteristic notch, popularly known as the “mono-brow”. There are no IR lights in it, but at the same time the width is quite large – there is not very much space for notification icons and other icons.
Those whose sense of beauty suffers from a cutout were left to mask it by painting the areas on the sides black. The effect justifies itself. The smartphone not only gets rid of the annoying element, but also acquires symmetry in appearance.
The display also seems expensive. The manufacturer has equipped the gadget with a quality IPS-matrix with a screen diagonal of 5.86 inches with an aspect ratio of 19: 9. If someone this size seems redundant, we recall that it takes into account the areas on the sides of the “bangs”, so that in practice the screen looks compact. Its resolution is relatively low – 1520 x 720 pixels, or HD +. But to guess about it, looking at the image is difficult. Let the pixel density does not beat the record, the picture looks clear, without pixelation.
If you look at the display tilted, the brightness drops, but the colors are not distorted, but the information remains readable. The color rendition from the factory is configured correctly, without over-saturation and errors with white balance. True, there is a nuance: there are practically no possibilities for customizing the image for yourself. From the fact that there is – only the night mode, muffling the blue radiation, because of which all the colors get a yellowish tint. Of the additional features we note the function Ambient Display. It briefly turns on the screen when new notifications are received so that you can decide whether to unlock the device. The same thing happens if you take the smartphone in hand.
The range of brightness is sufficient for comfortable use both at night and during the day on the street. At least, this is true for Moscow daylight at the end of November.
Android healthy person
Like other models of Nokia 2018 smartphones, 5.1 Plus is included in the Android One program. This means that the firmware was created with the direct participation of Google itself and has no modifications from the manufacturer. Another definite plus is that updates are distributed directly by Google, and the transition to current OS versions is guaranteed for similar devices for two years.
Now the device is running Android 8.1. After turning on the smartphone, you see in front of you a “clean” Android with Pixel Launcher and a minimum of pre-installed applications. The advantages of this solution are obvious: extra elements like a custom shell or additional programs do not slow down the system and do not occupy space in the memory. So the interface works smoothly and responsively, it does not have to waste time removing unnecessary. Although there are drawbacks: the stock system is not rich in settings, so deep customization requires some effort.
For a quick unlock, the Nokia 5.1 Plus uses the recently standard combination of a fingerprint scanner and face recognition. The scanner is located on the back surface – its platform is slightly recessed into the body, but there are no problems with its search by touch. The sensor works quickly and accurately. As an additional feature, you can enable the opening of the quick settings curtain with a swipe on the scanner. The face recognition system relies only on the capabilities of the front camera. For this reason, it is hardly suitable for complete darkness, but in other conditions it acts stably.
Optics Zeiss, which flaunt top models of Nokia, our hero did not get. But you can’t call his simple part either. The rear module of the camera consists of two sensors – the main 13 megapixel and the auxiliary with a matrix of 5 megapixel. The latter helps to create a photo with a blurred background. The front camera is present in the singular, received a matrix of 8 megapixels, but it is also able to blur the background.
The standard application has a simple and concise interface. Most of the functions and modes rendered on the main screen – in the form of a series of icons. Switching between them is convenient, but the meaning of some icons is not obvious. Therefore, the first time you have to tap on them to figure it out.
Thanks to AI algorithms, portrait mode with blur is also available for single front camera
Nokia 5.1 Plus shoots video in resolutions up to Full HD at 30 frames per second. Among the shortcomings, it is possible to note not very good detailing – at least when compared with the flagship devices. At the same time, there are no complaints about the autofocus speed, and the electronic image stabilization works correctly.
As a bonus, Nokia’s proprietary ability of smartphones to shoot video simultaneously to the front and rear cameras is included.
Iron and autonomy
The gadget received one of the last SoC Taiwanese Mediatek – Helio P60. It is designed for the middle segment and contains several interesting engineering solutions. Four of its eight cores belong to the high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 architecture, and the rest are less fast, but cost-effective Cortex-A53. Also in the composition of the Helio P60 entered a dedicated block of artificial intelligence. Responsible for the graphics is a three-core video accelerator Mali-G72 MP3. The chip is produced according to the modern 12-nm process technology, which has a beneficial effect on its energy consumption. Also in the new product 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card for another 400 GB.
In synthetic benchmarks, 5.1 Plus is kept at the level of modern models of average cost. Thanks to a good power reserve and low screen resolution, the smartphone provides a comfortable frame rate in demanding projects like World of Tanks: Blitz and PUBG.
The sound is not distinguished by some features, but it is not suitable for criticism as a target. The external speaker is one, it plays loud enough so as not to miss calls or to comfortably watch videos on YouTube. At maximum volume, the sound remains clear, without distortion due to overload. In headphones, the sound quality is comparable with most Android smartphones without a dedicated DAC.
The battery is not the most durable – 3060 mAh. At first glance, such a stock does not inspire confidence. Although in practice its capacity is enough for normal use of the device. With continuous playback of Full HD video at 50% brightness with the active airplane mode, the Nokia 5.1 Plus lasted 11.5 hours. In the tank shooter World of Tanks: Blitz, the battery lost 16% of the initial charge in an hour. In daily use of a smartphone, as a rule, it is enough for a full day without saving, but you should not count on more.
- 5.85 “, IPS 1520×720 pixels
- MediaTek Helio P60
- GRAPHIC ACCELERATOR
- ARM Mali-G72 MP3
- 3/32 GB or 4/64 GB
- 3060 mAh
- MAIN CAMERAS
- 13 Mp f / 2.0 + 5 Mp
- WIRELESS INTERFACES
- Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2
- 3DMARK SLING SHOT EXTREME
- WORLD OF TANKS (MAX)
- 61 fps
- PUBG (HIGH QUALITY)
- 29 fps
- more than 6 hours of games
~ 11.5 hours of video playback
Nokia 5.1 Plus is a balanced model. Everyone will find something for themselves in this smartphone. For a moderate price, it combines modern appearance, which in many ways echoes the design of the flagship solutions of 2018, and a good level of performance. Do not be disappointed, and fans of mobile photos. For its segment, Nokia shoots more than decently, offering good opportunities for daytime shooting and high-quality portrait mode with post-processing. Of course, we should not forget about the participation of the device in the Android One program: these are the advantages of the “clean” Google operating system, and timely updates.