After some teasing and some weirdness last week (event venue cancelled last minute), Nokia X5 finally came to life today. The device is an affordable version of the Nokia X6, a sort of Nokia X6 lite. Priced at just $150 it debuted today in China and internationally it’s going to be known as the Nokia 5.1 Plus.


This is a budget smartphone, introduced by HMD Global in China and promoted as a rival for the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. We’ve got a screen cutout upfront, within the IPS LCD panel, with a 5.86 inch diagonal and HD+ resolution (1520 x 720 pixels). It has a 19:9 aspect, a MediaTek Helio P60 CPU and a microSD card slot. Nokia X5 packs a 3060 mAh battery, an USB Type-C port and a front 8 MP camera.

There’s also a dual main camera, with 13 MP + 5 MP sensors, offering Bokeh capture. The device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with the promise of Android P. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the back, dual SIM slots and 3 GB of RAM plus 32 GB of storage, as well as 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The first version is priced at $149 and the second at $208.

The device has a 2.5D curved glass on the edges and an 84% screen to body ratio. Orders start tomorrow, July 19th and the X5 may arrive in a few weeks internationally as the 5.1 Plus. Nokia X5 is exclusively available in China, available in Night Black, Baltic Sea Blue and Glacier White.

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