Google’s Android One would appear to be finally taking off worldwide with HTC, Xiaomi, LG, Motorola, Nokia, and others offering supporting handsets. Nokia already has a bunch of handsets running Android One firmware and has just announced that the Nokia 5.1 will launch in the UK on September 12th with a price tag of £189 ($244). 

Costing just £189, the Nokia 5.1 is aimed at the budget conscious consumer. Cast from a single block of 6000 Series aluminum, the handset features a satin finish and can be had in Tempered Blue or Black. There’s a 5.5-inch IPS display with FHD+ resolution which means that a notch is present on the handset. Under the hood, there is a MediaTek P18 octa-core processor which is said to be 40% quicker than its predecessor, and in the UK at least, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. There is a higher-specced 3GB/32GB variant available in other regions. The Nokia 5.1 sports a single 16MP rear camera with Dual Tone LED flash while there is an 8MP front-facing sensor with an 84.6-degree wide-angle lens. It’s unfortunate that the Nokia 5.1 has to make do with a MicroUSB charging port instead of the modern USB Type-C port that we are fast becoming accustomed to in 2018, although as a bonus the fingerprint reader is now on the rear panel and NFC is supported. You can check out the specifications table below for more in-depth detail on the hardware.

Announced May 2018
Software Android One (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Display 5.5-Inch IPS, FHD+ (2160 x 1080), 18:9, 2.5D Curved Glass, Corning Gorilla Glass, 439ppi
Processor MediaTek Helio P19 Octa-core
Memory 2GB/3GB
Storage 16GB/32GB, MicroSD card support up to 256GB
Rear camera 16MP, PDAF rear camera with Dual Tone LED, HDR
Primary Front Camera 8MP
Connectivity Fingerprint scanner, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
Audio Jack Yes
Sensors Proximity sensor; ambient light sensor; G-sensor; gyro;
Battery 2,970mAh
Dimensions 151.1 x 70.73 x 8.27mm
Colors Tempered Blue, Black

The main claim to fame is the use of Android One firmware, which means that the Nokia 5.1 will receive monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years, which is a big differentiator in the budget smartphone segment. Currently running the Oreo flavor of Android One, we expect the Pie version to begin rolling out sooner than later.

Going on general sale in the UK on September for £189, the Nokia 5.1 is currently available to pre-order from Carphone Warehouse if you can’t wait. We should hopefully have one in to review in the coming weeks.

Buy it Now: Carphone Warehouse

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He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).




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