Nokia 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 – New leaders of mid or low range market

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HMD global that owns Nokia brand has enhanced its budget and low-end lineup, in an event in Russia, they revealed Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1. Every Nokia phone is worth looking for as Nokia is now a part of Google’s Android One program. The devices will get major security updates and will run on stock android. The highest-end (Nokia 5.1) here starts at $220 the prices get lower from here.

Image: HMD Global
Image: HMD Global

Nokia 5.1 is the major device here that looks and feels like a flagship device. The device comes with a 5.5-inch full FHD+ screen, with 18:9 aspect ratio following the trend of 2018. It comes with 2Ghz MediaTek Helio P18 processor that is an octa-core CPU, 2 or 3 GB RAM complements that, the type of RAM is not revealed yet.

The phone comes with 16 or 32 GB of inbuilt storage that can be enhanced by Micro SD card. The device has a premium design with Aluminum unibody that has a lustrous finish to it that looks and feels premium. Apart from that, the camera on this device is very good; it has 16 Megapixel rear camera that has good low light performance.

The front camera is 8 Megapixel with 84.6 degrees Field of View, that means you can enjoy wide-angle selfies. All of the hardware mentioned above is powered by 2970mAh battery that can last for a whole day. The auxiliaries are there such as the gyroscope, accelerometer and fingerprint sensor on the back. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging.

Image: HMD Global
Image: HMD Global

For something cheaper Nokia had to cut down the premium specs of Nokia 5.1, it sacrificed fingerprint scanner, Aluminum unibody, and stereo speaker setup to cut down the price of Nokia 3.1 to $160. It comes with a 5.2-inch HD+ screen that too is 18:9 ensuring minimum bezels on the front.

The phone is built on somewhat inferior quality, it has an aluminum frame, but the sides are made of plastic. The phone comes with 2 or 3 GB of memory and 16 or 32 GB of inbuilt storage that is complemented by Micro SD card.

The device is powered by MediaTek 6750 processor that is based on an eight-core CPU clocked at 1.5Ghz. The camera is an improvement over the last generation Nokia 3; it is now a 13 Megapixel shooter that can record steady video up to 1080p.

The front camera is the same 8 Megapixel wide-angle lens that is found in Nokia 5.1. The battery, however, is slightly bigger at 2990mAh that can last more than a day since the hardware to support in relatively inferior.

Image: HMD Global
Image: HMD Global

The Nokia smartphone that was known to have the best battery life Nokia 2 got a successor Nokia 2.1 that promises even better battery life. The phone is built entirely of plastic making it slightly archaic regarding design, that lowers the cost of the device. The phone has an HD LCD screen, the aspect ratio of which is 16:9 which means the bezels will be larger than the current standards. The phone only has 1GB of memory and 8GB of inbuilt storage.

It is the only phone in the series to have Android Oreo Go OS that is all the applications are specifically optimized for the inferior hardware. The processor surprisingly is the best of the bunch the QUALCOMM Snapdragon 435 processor that is based on a quad-core CPU.

The rear camera is 8 Megapixel sensor that is better than the other sensors of the same size, but the quality and details are poor even for a low-end 2018 smartphonre. However, the front camera that is a 5 Megapixel sensor is better according to current standards. The battery was the selling point of its predecessor same is the case with this device with huge 4000mAh battery that can support the phone for four days. The price of this device is only $115.

These phones offer the best price to performance ratio in the market, if you are looking for the mid-range or low-end devices then you should have a look at these, being a part of the Android one program makes them better for the people who do not like custom skins on top of the Android OS.

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