Rarely have we seen a brand come back into the market with as much gusto as we have with Nokia. The mobile phone brand spent the better part of the past decade in cold storage thanks to a few ill fated choices. However, we’ve seen in the past three years under the purview of HMD Global, the brand has reemerged as one of the most compelling comebacks to date. HMD brought Nokia back guns blazing with an updated version of the Nokia 3310 and a slew of new, premium devices made from top grade aluminium in the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. This year, we’ve already seen the company release worth follow ups to their premium line up with the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 7 Plus. Now, HMD global is embuing their new line up with the much sought after fullview screen and a complement to their already impressive line up of phones.
In true HMD Global fashion, the company took to the residence of the Finnish Ambassador to Malaysia to announce two new additions to their line up: the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus. The two new devices have the glossy finish with the much sought after FullView display. The new additions bring some power packed specifications at an affordable price range.
Nokia 6.1 Plus
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the higher specc’d of the glossy duo. The 6.1 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 636 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. This is complemented with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Users are able to expand their storage by up to a further 400GB with a microSD card via the second SIM slot.
On the display front, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a 5.8-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display. This has a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio. With a 432 pixels per inch (ppi) density, it’s bound to be able to deliver an enjoyable media experience. The display utilises Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch protection.
When it comes to the camera, the Nokia 6.1 has a dual 16- + 5-Megapixel sensor. The 16-megapixel sensor is has an f/2.0 aperture with a 1.0µm pixel size and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The 5-megapixel sensor is a depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a 1.12µm pixel size. The selfie shooter is a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1.0µm pixel size.
Connectivity wise, the 6.1 comes with 4G LTE connectivity and WiFi a/g/b/n/ac. The 6.1 is able to utilise the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. It also has Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS connectivity and USB Type-C connectivity.
Nokia 5.1 Plus
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a step lower when it comes to specifications but that doesn’t mean it’s not a capable device. It’s running an octacore MediaTek Helios P60 clocked at 2.0GHz. This is supplemented with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on board memory. This can be supplemented with up to 256GB of additional storage throught the use of a microSD card.
The display on the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a 5.86-inch HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 720×1520 pixels in a 19:9 aspect ratio configuration. It has a pixel density of about 287ppi.
On the camera front, the 5.1 Plus has a dual sensor setup consisting of a 13-megapixel main sensor with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus (PDAF) as well as a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.
When it comes to connectivity, the Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with 4G LTE and dual SIM card compatibility. Beyond that, the 5.1 Plus has the standard dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac connectivity and Bluetooth 4.2 LE. It also has compatibility for A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS and GALILEO location systems.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is already available in stores for RM1,149 and will be available in Gloss Black, Gloss White and Gloss Midnight Blue. The 5.1 Plus will be availble at a later date with pricing details to be available closer to the date.
Also published on Medium.