An image of the Nokia 5.1 Plus taken from the Nokia website.
TL;DR
  • HMD Global launched the Nokia 5.1 Plus in India, giving the device a release date of October 1.
  • The budget smartphone has pretty decent specs for its price point of 10,999 Rs. (~$151) and Android One.
  • HMD is emphasizing the gaming capabilities of the Nokia 5.1 Plus.

Nokia fans in India should be excited to learn that HMD Global just launched the Nokia 5.1 Plus — a budget smartphone with some pretty killer specs for its price point.

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Last week, HMD Global teased a new Nokia device and included the hashtag “#GameOn,” which led some fans to believe that it was releasing a gaming phone, similar to the Razer Phone or the Asus ROG Phone. However, it turns out HMD was just pushing the gaming capabilities of the Nokia 5.1 Plus.

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While the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a lightweight compared to something like the Razer Phone, it does have solid enough specs to play some relatively high-intensity games. Considering how cheap the device is, this is a welcome development.

Check out the official Nokia 5.1 Plus specs below:

Nokia 5.1 Plus
Display
5.9-inch HD+ (720 x 1520)
19:9 aspect ratio
2.5D Cover Glass
SoC
MediaTek HelioP60 MT6771
Octa Core; up to 1.8Ghz
RAM
3GB LPDDR3
Storage
32GB
Expandable with MicroSD card up to 400GB
Cameras
Rear: 13MP PDAF f/2 + 5MP depth sense
LED flash

Front: 8MP FF
f/2.2 aperture
80.4 FoV
Audio
Single speaker
AMP+
2 mics
Battery
3060mAh
5V/2A charging
IP rating
None
Sensors
Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Fingerprint
Network
GSM Quad band
WCDMA 1, 5, 8
LTE 1, 3, 5, 8, 40, 41 (120MHz)

Connectivity
USB type-C
3.5mm audio jack
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.2, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo
FM radio

SIM
Dual SIM
Software
Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
Dimensions and weight
149.51 x 71.98 x 8.096mm
Colors
Gloss Black / Gloss White / Gloss Midnight Blue

Since the Nokia 5.1 Plus will ship with the Android One variant of Android 8.1 Oreo, it will likely get security patches and Android updates at a relatively fast pace, at least compared to other non-Android One devices in its class.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus will be available starting October 1 from Nokia.com as well as the Nokia Flipkart store. You can pre-order the device now from either location for only 10,999 Rs. (~$151). Your color choices are Gloss Black and Gloss Midnight Blue for now.

Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the Nokia 5.1 Plus!