Nokia 5.1 starts selling in Kenya

Just over a week since the Nokia 3.1 went on sale in the country, the Nokia 5.1 is now following suit.

Announced back in May, the Nokia 5.1 was slated for an August release and since we’re already in August, it hasn’t taken long to get to us.

According to a statement from the publicists of HMD Global’s local office, the 2018 edition of the Nokia 5 is available across the country for Kshs 19,500.

The Nokia 5.1, like the rest of the products from HMD Global that we have seen this year, bar the Nokia 1, is an Android One smartphone. You know what that means: guaranteed updates. In other words, buying it provides one with a clear path to Android Pie.

The Nokia 5.1 keeps much of the aesthetics of its predecessor while improving on the feature set.

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In place of the 5.2-inch HD display on last year’s model, there’s a bump to a 5.5-inch 1080p panel with a higher screen-to-body ration and an 18:9 aspect ration, much in line with what we’ve gotten used to from 2018 smartphone releases. While there’s a memory bump, those among us who prefer Qualcomm chipsets will be upset that the Nokia 5 (2018) makes do with a MediaTek processor. Sure, the Helio P18 it packs is no slouch but there’s a BUT…

A major difference between the Nokia 5.1 and its predecessor that is visible to everyone besides the longer profile (as a result of the 18:9 display) is the placement of the fingerprint sensor which moves to the back from the front where it is located on the Nokia 5. Of course that change in design also means that the capacitive buttons found on the Nokia 5 have also made way for on-screen buttons making the device even well-placed for the buttonapocalypse that is coming soon with Android 9.

Here are specifications of the device:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD (2160 x 1080 pixels) display
  • 8MP selfie camera, 16MP back camera
  • MediaTek Helio P18 MT6755S
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage // 2GB RAM 16GB onboard storage (expandable up to 128GB)
  • Android 8.1, Oreo
  • 2,970mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (some models), microUSB (aargh)
  • FM radio

Of course the question now becomes, how does this device compare to the Infinix Note 5?

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