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Nokia 5.1 Plus leak shows another phone with a notch

The leak points to HMD's second smartphone with a display notch, but what should we expect otherwise?

Published onJune 11, 2018

A claimed render of the Nokia 5.1 Plus
  • The Nokia 5.1 Plus is in the works, according to a new leak by OnLeaks and Tiger Mobiles.
  • Renders show a device with a notched display and dual-camera setup, much like the Nokia X6.
  • Other specifications aren’t known, but we would expect it to slot in between the Nokia X6 and Nokia 5.1.

HMD Global has had a packed 2018 when it comes to budget-minded phones, revealing everything from the Nokia 1 to the Nokia 7 Plus. It might not be done yet, either, apparently working on the mid-range Nokia 5.1 Plus.

The OnLeaks Twitter account posted renders of the phone over the weekend, saying it was based on factory CAD designs. And it looks like a pretty neat design for a mid-range handset, featuring a metallic rim and what could be a glass back.

Another day, another leak… Here comes your very first look at the #NOKIA 5.1 Plus! 360° video + official looking 4K renders + dimensions (as usual, based upon factory CAD), on behalf of @tigermobiles ->
— Steve H. (@OnLeaks) June 9, 2018

In saying so, the polarizing display notch is here too, which could mark the second time HMD has slapped a notch on one of its phones (after the China-only Nokia X6). The notch on the new phone is supposedly wider than the cutout seen on the X6, for what it’s worth. We also have a headphone jack atop the device, so the company might not be going full-in on 2018 trends.

Otherwise, we see two other Nokia X6-inspired features in the form of a vertically stacked dual camera setup and a rear fingerprint scanner.

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Specs aren’t known just yet, but it’s reasonable to expect the Nokia 5.1 Plus to slot in between the vanilla Nokia 5.1 and the Nokia X6. The standard 5.1 offers a MT6755S chipset, 2GB to 3GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of expandable storage. Meanwhile, the X6 delivers a capable Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of expandable storage and a 16MP/5MP dual camera pairing.

News of a supposed Nokia 5.1 Plus comes almost a month after HMD launched the China-only X6. However, the company later ran a Twitter poll, asking users whether they want a wider release.

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