Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) Review

14 October 2018, 03:15:30

Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) Review
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Design, build and controls

Nokia X5/Nokia 5.1 Plus has a glass front and back (2.5D curved) and a plastic frame covered with electroplated gloss. The overall impression is of a high-end device as the build is solid and the appearance is quite stylish. The front glass is not as prone to smudges as the rear one. As a whole, the X5 looks a lot like the Nokia X6 and you have to look for the minor details to make the difference. The handset lies comfortably in the hand, it is not slippery and is compact enough as to provide convenient one-hand operation. The model is available in three colours: Extreme night black, Glacier white, Baltic sea blue. We are reviewing a black unit. Nokia X5/Nokia 5.1 Plus has a below-average width for smartphones with a 5.86-inch display - 71.98 mm. It also has an average height compared to other smartphones with a display of that size - 149.51 mm. Despite having the same battery as Nokia X6/6.1 Plus, Nokia X5/5.1 Plus is thinner with a waistline of 8.096 mm. The model is fairly light, weighing 160 grammes, which is an average weight for a device with the corresponding display size and battery capacity. The front of Nokia X5/Nokia 5.1 Plus is covered with a 2.5D curved glass of unspecified make. The TFT display takes up 79.9% of the total front surface of the device and has a notch that's wider than the one on the Nokia X6/6.1 Plus. The side bezels, forehead and chin are slightly thicker than the ones on the X6/6.1 Plus. The Nokia logo is imprinted on the chin. The navigation bar is on-screen only and you cannot modify it or hide it in any way. The back of the device looks almost identical to the one of the X6. The only difference is that the fingerprint sensor does not have a silver-coloured rim. Otherwise, the glass back features a dual camera module vertically placed in its upper middle with the LED flash positioned below the two shooters. The module is followed by the fingerprint sensor and the Nokia logo. The latter is placed vertically in the lower middle. The body is rather compact and the placement of the fingerprint sensor is not exactly convenient. Its minor indent makes locating it difficult at times. However, it might be just a matter of getting used to it. Nokia X5/5.1 Plus retains the headphone jack which is placed on the top frame together with a microphone. The bottom frame houses a single speaker to the left of the USB Type-C 2.0 port and a microphone hole to its right. The hybrid, dual-SIM tray can be found on the left frame. The Volume and Power buttons are on the right frame offering excellent tactile experience.

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