Nokia Refreshes its Mid-Range Lineup with the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1

HMD global, the mother company that has the rights to manufacture and market Nokia smartphones has refreshed its mid-range offerings to be 2018 compliant. Interestingly, the names of the smartphones have remained the same apart from a decimal increment. The new smartphones have been dubbed Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1. Let’s have a look at what the phones have to offer.

The Nokia 2.1

The Nokia 2.1 is the cheapest offering and offers some decent features for its asking price of Rs.7000. On the front, it has a 5.5-inch HD display having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels bringing its pixel density up to 267 PPI. Although this isn’t the crispest display around, it is sufficient for most daily use cases.

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor ticking at 1.4GHz. It is also supplemented with the Adreno 308 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Although the RAM seems relatively low, it must be noted that the phone will run a clean and stock Android 8.1 Oreo Go operating system. This version of Android is specially optimized to run on smartphones with limited resources.

In the optics department, the Nokia 2.1 features an 8-megapixel primary camera coupled with LED flash. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera capable of capturing decent images and aid in video calling purposes. If you are looking to record videos through the phone’s camera, the rear camera is limited to recording videos in 720p.

On the storage front, the phone ships with 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 128GB through a microSD card. The phone does come with a hybrid SIM slot, which means that you’d have to sacrifice your second SIM in lieu for more storage. The major highlight, however, to this phone has to be its huge battery which measures at 4,000mAh. This battery is large enough to keep the phone powered well over a day.

The Nokia 3.1

The Nokia 3.1 is the mid variant launched which will set you back approximately Rs. 11,000. For the price, the phone boasts a more premium aluminium unibody design. It also has a 5.2-inch HD display having a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. It also has slimmed down bezels on each side and touts a modern 18:9 aspect ratio. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass support to enhance its durability.

Underneath its hood, the phone is powered by the octa-core MediaTek 6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. In addition to that, it also has a Mali-T860 GPU and 2/3GB of RAM to aid in graphics performance and smooth multitasking. It also runs a stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The phone is also expected to be updated to Android P soon after it is made official.

For the shutterbugs, there is a 13-megapixel camera on the back coupled with LED flash to capture images in not so well-lit conditions. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie snapper capable of taking good pictures and aid in video calls. Similar to the Nokia 2.1, video recording through the primary camera is capped at 720p.

Storage-wise, the Nokia 3.1 will ship in two variants viz 16GB and 32GB, both of which can be expanded up to 128GB through a microSD card slot. As far as connectivity is concerned, the phone supports most 4G LTE bands with support for VoLTE. It also supports other connectivity norms like WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Nokia has also included a 3.5mm headphone jack while the charging connector still remains of the microUSB type.

On the battery front, the phone packs in a 2,990 mAh unit which is slightly on the smaller side, however, considering it has to power a not-so-power hungry display, it should last you till the end of the day.

The Nokia 5.1

The Nokia 5.1 is the leader of the pack starting at approximately Rs. 12,500. The phone offers a Full HD+ display having a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and spans 5.5-inches across. It also has Gorilla Glass 3 support to add to its durability. SImilar to the Nokia 3.1, it also comes with a metal body design making it feel premium to hold.

The smartphone is powered by the MediaTek MT6755 SoC which is clocked at 2GHz. In addition to that, it also has the Mali-T860 GPU and 2GB of RAM to help in smooth multitasking. On the software front, this offering, just like all other Android smartphones Nokia has launched recently runs stock Android. This phone will ship with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It is also expected to be updated to Android P once it is official.


For the camera enthusiasts, the Nokia 5.1 sports a 16-megapixel primary camera which is aided with an LED flash for capturing images even in poor lighting. On the front, the phone sports an 8-megapixel snapper for capturing images with good detail and for making video calls. This offering from Nokia, unlike the other two, is capable of recording videos is Full HD, which is great.

On the storage side of things, the phone will be offered in a 16GB variant which can be expanded up to 128GB through a microSD card. The phone does have a hybrid SIM tray which means in exchange for expanded storage, you may have to sacrifice the second SIM. As far as battery is concerned, the Nokia 5.1 is fit with a 2,970 mAh unit which is considerably small since it has to power a large Full HD+ display.

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