If you ask the enthusiast, should I buy a Nokia, it will definitely evades a direct answer and say “well, maybe it is better Xiaomi or Huawei?”. Even Samsung, which all criticized mercilessly degraded for budget smartphones, technically advanced guys do not experience this rejection.

Why? Not because the characteristics are so far behind the competitors (since this is just a good idea), but because of the new Nokia has a reputation manufacturer “without a soul”. They say, we remember the original, fully Nokia, and similar vindobona, and this Chinese remake… so versed in the technique of people, who for centuries were told that the phones need to pay attention not to the image, and on the characteristics, bypass Nokia party only due to the fact that it is not made up a beautiful legend manufacturer.

Only really nostalgic geeks is not so much, so the new Nokia buy around the world in large quantities — not so much as sell Chinese manufacturers giant, but larger than, for example, sell Sony, ASUS, Meizu, or ZTE.

With each new smartphone Nokia online the odds of dissatisfaction, saying, “before something was nothing, but now it’s mediocre Chinese at exorbitant prices”. Today we test two of the latest for Russia, Nokia’s best opportunity to verify this.

Nokia 7.1
Nokia Plus 5.1

Operating system

Android One 8.1
Android One 8.1

Of 5.84’, 1080х2280 pixels, 19:9, IPS, 432 ppi
5,8’, 720х1520 pixels, 19:9, IPS, 287 ppi

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636,

8 cores (8x Kryo 260, up to 1.8 GHz)

Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60, 8 cores (4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 + 4x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)


Adreno 509
ARM Mali-G72 MP3




32/64 GB

32 GB


LTE, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, FM
LTE, Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, FM

Basic double:

resolution: 12 MP + 5 MP
aperture: f/1.8 & f/2.4
video quality: up to [email protected] FPS
Front double:

matrix resolution: 8 MP
aperture: f/2.0
Basic double:

native resolution: 13 MP & 5 MP
aperture: f/2
video quality: up to [email protected] FPS

matrix resolution: 8 MP
aperture: f/2.2

3060 mAh, non-removable

3060 mAh, non-removable


150х71х8 mm
150x72x8 mm

160 g
162 g
19 thousand rubles

15 thousand rubles

Appearance and design

Someone design of the current Nokia smartphones annoying, some people like it, but they don’t look seamless copies of the iPhone, unlike many of its competitors, and even with a new owner remain more or less quality and reasonable characteristics.

But with names in the best traditions of Nokia, a complete mess. Not such, however, as in the days of four-digit Finnish mobile phones when Nokia 6233 — it was heaped multimediyny with stereo speakers, color screen and a good camera, and Nokia 6240… appeared 5 years earlier and, of course, was from another era.

However, we have here the Nokia Nokia Plus 5.1 and 7.1. And if Apple, Samsung, Meizu, Sony Plus refers to the model with a larger screen, the Nokia is just a way to sew another, more expensive model of smartphone in the Nokia series 5 (the standard Nokia 5.1 was released a little earlier).

Left — Nokia 7.1, right — Nokia Plus 5.1

Engraved Nokia does not save even the younger models, so in a pair of Plus 5.1 and 7.1 it is difficult to understand who is more steep, until I turn on the screen and start using your smartphone “all the money”. Boxes are the same, charging is almost the same, and only the silver edging at 7.1 clearly distinguishes the older from the younger.

Nokia 7.1
Nokia Plus 5.1

The photos, which is “chin” with the word Nokia, so do not say, but quite compact smartphone, the Nokia 5.1 Plus, for example, offers 6.18 inches of the screen where the iPhone 7 Plus has only 5.5 inches. And even the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro which is the screen with the same neckline, larger and more massive.

Special thanks to the manufacturer for USB-C, not only in the older model for 18 thousand rubles, but in little over 15 thousand. Indeed, in our time, faster than any new technology is implemented only by the Chinese.

Top — Nokia 7.1, bottom — Nokia Plus 5.1

This is also a peculiar Chinese tradition, the NFC module is only in the older models, Nokia 7.1. Incidentally, some act doesn’t care on buyers — say, we Chinese made smartphones for themselves and us that your NFC is not needed, so that you will cost. Xiaomi and Meizu are practicing the same approach, and only complements Huawei smartphones for Europe/Russia support for NFC and consequently Google Pay.

Both Nokia supports dual nano-SIM, but the slots are here combined — that is, either the second SIM card or microSD memory card. And it’s sad.

Top — Nokia 7.1, bottom — Nokia Plus 5.1

But smartphones have not lost the 3.5 mm headphone output, which, in particular, allows to run the built-in FM receiver (when connecting the headset). And that’s good.

Screen and interface

And Nokia Nokia 7.1 and 5.1 Plus got screens with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and “monopoly” above. The main difference is that the older model displays 1080х2280 pixels, and the younger 720х1520 pixels. If sharpness is all right with both smartphones, the readability of information on a Sunny day, both smartphone is not so hot. Nokia 7.1 looks a little better, although not doprygnet even to the level of Honor 8X (which on the screen also saves some money), but the screen Nokia 5.1 Plus frankly dull, and only very murky Russian autumn disguises this shortcoming. But in the summer be prepared to cover the palm screen to see what happens to him.

And it seems that the color reproduction is generally good — the colors are not saturated up to thermonuclear condition, as most Chinese smartphones, but the color temperature of about 8000-10000K bluish means openly displaying a white color. Like lamps at night clubs or through the tinted glass of the car. Nokia is 7.1 overkill compared to the norm (6500 K) reaches 1.6 times. Of course, both smartphones have a setting so-called “night mode” or “read mode” where you can choose any white balance and turn it on manually though, at least on the schedule, but in this case you lose the switch, if objectively uncomfortable to recalibrate the white balance manually.

The result is or adjust to tinted in blue and white color, or every time to adjust the balance manually. For example, to put some 8000К day and to downgrade to 5000K in the evening (exact values not setup issues, but you can navigate “by eye”). Nokia Plus 5.1 initially, the color rendition is more pleasant, it can not be changed, besides the “reading mode” — in this case, it is sufficient to configure it on the schedule, to include evening and off in the morning.

If you look at the processor and software Nokia toppings look civilized, the quality of the display settings, alas, they are still “flowers China” in the bad sense of the word.

The results of the test display Nokia 7.1
The results of the test display Nokia Plus 5.1

The maximum brightness level (max. /min.)

483/0,34 CD/m2
380/0,27 CD/m2
Contrast (more = better)

Color gamut (sRGB) (90-100% is ideal, more = worse)

DeltaE (less = better)

Gamma (ideal is 2.2)

Color temperature (ideal = 6500K)



As for the interface and software part, both models are certified for Android One, meaning “pure” Android and regular updates. However, although, for example, Nokia 7 Plus with the same Android One can already boast of a ninth version of the OS, and Nokia 7.1 and 5.1 Plus still only work on 8.1. This is especially strange, considering that models newer. And Yes, of course, we several times checked the updates, including manually. It did not help.

Otherwise, Android One will please those who enough the Google interface. We think, today, it’s good enough to not want to replace it with something else. But this option is always present thanks to the Google Play store.

Performance and autonomy

Given the difference in price should be expected that the Nokia 7.1 will be much “faster” 5.1 Plus, but a younger model is still pleasantly surprised. However, 4 Geekbench test on it to run and failed — the application complains for a missing Internet connection, although other programs with this is not a problem. The gugleniya showed that this error occurs not only we, but all other (including Western) colleagues who were trying to test Nokia 5.1 Plus. In any case, Helio P60, as you can see in the table, for example, Oppo F7, initially faster in the CPU part of the chip than the Snapdragon 636. No matter how it was frustrating for the haters music Library.

The results of the test Geekbench 4
Yes, we also remember times when MediaTek released or 10-core monsters with the constant overheating, or the gluttonous and slow MT6750/Helio P10/P20. By and large, this is where the legs grow from the hatred of geeks to smartphones based on MTK. But Helio P60, though there have been stupid in the games on the old-mediteranskoj tradition, neither speed applications or for consumption outside the game are as jaded today Snapdragon 636/660.

The test results in AnTuTu Benchmark 7.1
By the way, Helio P60 and Mali-G72 show much better results in Vulkan, and games with support for this technology will be able to open up in a new way. But these games are a minority, so by tradition, we use only in tests the performance of Open GL.

The results of the test in 3D Mark Extreme Sling Shot (Open GL)

But autonomy is not so smooth. Nokia 5.1 Plus kept more or less level, but with its HD screen and almost no straining in these conditions could be better (see Oppo A5, for example). And Nokia 7.1 discharged at breakneck speed even without serious preconditions. Part of the problem is that net Android, all of a sudden, hungry Android with Chinese wrappers (this is Xiaomi Mi A2 on their skin checked out), partly the fault of cheap screen with high power consumption.

And corporate tradition, God damn it — Nokia to Android always discharged very quickly. For example, Nokia 7 Plus with its 3800 mAh battery running on battery power is less than ASUS ZenFone 5 with 3300 mAh.

The results of the battery test (in minutes)

It is also interesting that in the test of autonomy in games, both models were “nostril-in-nostril”, discharging is almost the same. The final difference is only 3 minutes. In other tests, the Nokia 5.1 Plus kept longer than the older brother.

By the way, Nokia 7.1 supports fast charging for half an hour smartphone battery charges in half.


No surprises we were not expecting — the ability to take pictures “on the money”. Even some well-known competitors with the same price tag bypass quality. But no more.

The rear camera on the Nokia 5.1 Plus

The rear camera on the Nokia 7.1
The main difference Nokia Nokia 7.1 from 5.1 Plus is the sharpness and number of colors. In the pictures with 5.1 Plus an obvious lack of shades and soap.

The rear camera on the Nokia 5.1 Plus

The rear camera on the Nokia 7.1
And, of course, the worse the lighting, the “soap” anymore. Even in a well lit room to get a sharp picture on a Nokia 5.1 Plus impossible.

The rear camera on the Nokia 5.1 Plus

The rear camera on the Nokia 7.1
But Nokia 7.1 keeps a stiff upper lip even at night. The amount of noise in the normal range, sharpness drops slightly. Wonderland is not showing, but the face in the dirt does not hit.

The rear camera on the Nokia 5.1 Plus

The rear camera on the Nokia 7.1
This all applies to video recording. Here Nokia Plus 5.1 shows itself worse not only at night (which is natural), but during the day.

However, Nokia 7.1 is able to shoot in 4K though at a rate of 30 frames per second. But still commendable.


8X Honor
8X Honor
For 18 thousand rubles, you can buy another Chinese smartphone — Honor 8X. It will give a little better performance and much better battery life than Nokia 7.1. However, the size he will be bigger. But will NFC, 3.5 mm Jack, but the port for charging and PC synchronization Honor at 8X, unfortunately, only micro-USB. Also, any Android One will not have Honor, but at the moment it also runs on Android 8.1.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 3/32 GB
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
It’s not too late for 13-14 thousand rubles, you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with features like the Nokia 5.1 Plus, but with much more performance and camera quality and screen resolution is Full-HD. In fact, the model from Xiaomi surpasses Nokia 5.1 Plus almost all options except for the USB connector — Xiaomi is a micro-USB rather than USB-C. Also have Android One and Redmi Note is missing, but the actual OS version — Android 8.1.


Both models and the older Nokia 7.1 and 5.1 Nokia Junior Plus, despite the price range, have decent performance, and in General do not fail. Well, except Nokia Plus 5.1 has a rather low picture quality on the rear camera. If you search, you can find smartphones for about the same price that will shoot better.

Nokia 7.1
However, the main disadvantage of both smartphones is the battery life. This applies to younger model — in fact, the Chinese have taught us that public sector employees work for a long time, and then somehow not very much. But for Nokia 7.1 demonstrated a generally worthless.

In General, we can see that Nokia is trying to regain their former premium status, so the prices are still slightly higher than the same Xiaomi and closer to Samsung/Sony/LG. But we remember that Xiaomi is famous for dumping, but because there are difficult to compare. The main thing — Nokia is still really hard collected, as well as look good and is comfortable to handle. You can not say even about some of the public sector And brands.

Nokia Plus 5.1

In direct comparison Nokia Nokia 7.1 and 5.1 Plus our sympathies clearly on the side of the older model. Junior still should be significantly cheaper to justify its presence in the market.

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