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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000 (2019)

Nokia 5.1 Plus

I’ll be utterly frank here: the Nokia 5.1 Plus isn’t really a superb smartphone, even for this price range. But for Android purists, the Nokia smartphone comes with Android One, which means that you get a vanilla Android experience. Right now, you’ve only got a few options in this price bracket, and the Nokia 5.1 Plus is one of them.

The 5.8″ screen only pushes a HD+ resolution, which is essentially a 720p display, although you get a nice 19:9 screen aspect ratio. The 5.1 Plus is also powered by a Mediatek Helio P60 processor, while 3GB of RAM is pretty low for a smartphone in this day and age. 32GB of storage isn’t much either, but at least there’s an option to expand your storage via microSD by up to 400GB.

To sustain the smartphone, there’s a 3,060mAh battery (really, really small, to be honest) that charges via USB-C , and the Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 13MP + 5MP dual camera setup with AI features. Overall, I’d say the Nokia 5.1 Plus is held back by pretty poor hardware, although there’s Android One—which is upgradable to Android 9 (Pie), so that’s a plus. I guess.

Oh, and the notch on the screen is huge.

Nokia 5.1 Plus—3GB RAM, 32GB storage—RM599

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada
Store: Authorised Motorola retailers