HMD Global has unveiled advanced versions of three of its most-selling smartphones of 2017 at an event held in Moscow, Russia. The new variants are named as Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 carrying 18:9 displays and more powerful SoCs.

Nokia 2.1


The Nokia 2.1 comes with a larger 5.5-inch screen but keeps the resolution at 1280 x 720 pixels. Front-facing stereo speakers are placed on above and beneath the display for an impressive audio experience. The display is covered with an anti-fingerprint coating.

The Snapdragon 212 processor has been replaced with the Snapdragon 425 but RAM and storage options remain the same – 1GB and 8GB respectively. However, storage can be expanded by up to an additional 128GB via a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

The cameras have also remained unchanged. There is an 8MP sensor on the rear and a 5MP fixed focus sensor up in front. The phone has WiFi, GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It also packs a 4000mAh battery which Nokia says should last up to 2 days. The Micro USB port has also been replaced with a USB-C port.

The Nokia 2.1 will come in three colors to choose from Blue Copper, Blue Silver and Gray Silver. It will sell for $115 and will go on sale in July.

Nokia 3.1


The Nokia 3.1 comes with a bigger 5.2-inch screen but is just a tad taller than its predecessor; thanks to its reduced bezels and 18:9 display screen ratio. The display has a 1440 x 720 resolution and is covered with Gorilla Glass.

There is a MediaTek MT6750N processor clocked at 1.5GHz under the hood. It is paired with 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of native storage. However, storage can be expanded by using microSD card slot.

The Nokia 3.1 has a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera and an 8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with an 84.6° field of view. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also comes with a 2990mAh battery.

The Nokia 3.1 will come in Blue Copper, Black Chrome and White Iron. It will sell for $162 and $197 for the 2GB and 3GB variants respectively and goes on sale this month.

Nokia 5.1


The Nokia 5.1 comes with a 5.5-inch screen with a Full HD+ resolution. It measures 151.1 x 70.73 x 8.27 mm making it just a tiny bit taller than the first-gen model.

Powering the Nokia 5.1 is a MediaTek MT6755S octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz. Depending on the model, you either get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There is storage expansion available.

A 16MP sensor with PDAF sits at the back of the device and an 8MP camera is positioned above the display. The new aspect ratio has resulted in Nokia moving the fingerprint scanner to the back of the device. It now sits below the camera setup.

The Nokia 5.1 has a 3000mAh battery, a USB-C port, and a single speaker. It also runs the latest version of Android Oreo out of the box.

It will be available in Copper, Tempered Blue and Black. It will go on sale in July for $220 and $255 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM versions respectively.

Specs Comparison

Nokia 2.1 Nokia 3.1 Nokia 5.1
OS Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo
Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE 2G, 3G, 4G LTE 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Dual-SIM Yes Yes Yes
CPU 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 1.5 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 2.0 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 308 Mali-T860 MP2 TBC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MediaTek MT6750 MediaTek MT6755S
Display 5.5″ 16:9 LCD with HD (1280 x 720) resolution 5.2″ 18:9 LCD with HD+ (1440 x 720) resolution 5.5″ 18:9 LCD with Full HD+ (2160 × 1080) resolution
RAM 1 GB 2/3 GB 2/3 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB 16/32 GB 16/32 GB
Card Slot Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity microUSB 2.0 with OTG, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi microUSB 2.0 with OTG, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC microUSB 2.0 with OTG, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC
Primary Camera 8 MP, LED flash, autofocus, 1080p video 13 MP, LED, f/2.0, 1080p 16 MP, LED, f/2.0, 1080p
Secondary Camera 5 MP 8 MP, f/2.0, wide-angle 8 MP, f/2.0, wide-angle
Battery 4000 mAh 2990 mAh 2970 mAh
Price starts at $115 (~PKR 13,300) starts at $162 (~PKR 18,700) starts at $220 (~PKR 25,400)