Nokia 5.1 Smartphone 32GB (Unlocked) $199 @ ALDI

870

5.5" IPS screen
32GB memory
16MP rear camera
8MP front camera
2970 mAh battery
microUSB 2.0
Dual SIM
MediaTek Helio P18
2.0GHz octa-core processor

Great value for money.

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  • +11 votes

    MediaTek Helio P18

    • +61 votes

      What! You mean I can't get a flagship phone for $199? That there are compromises? I'm shocked I tell you, shocked!

      • +8 votes

        There are better phones for same price or less

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        he merely said the hardware isn't best value for money, which is actually true if you care about hardware. that p18 mediatek SoC is manufactured on 28nm which is very outdated and uses more power, for ~200 you can get something like this:

        https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000203917394.html

        System: Funtouch OS 9.1(Based on Android 9) . Faster and Smoother
        CPU: Snapdragon 655 Octa Core
        Storage: 3G+32G ▏ 3G+64G ▏ 4G+64G
        Camera: 13.0MP+8.0MP+2.0MP Rear Camera, 8.0MP Front Camera
        Screen: 6.35 inch, 19.3:9 Halo FullView Display, 89.04% Screen-to-Body Ratio
        Dimension: 159.4376.778.92mm
        2G GSM:850/900/1800/1900
        2G CDMA:BC0
        3G WCDMA:B1/B5/B8
        3G CDMA2000:BC0
        3G TD-SCDMA:B34/B39
        4G TDD-LTE:B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
        4G FDD-LTE:B1/B3/B5/B8

  • +16 votes

    I was looking at this for my partner. End up buying a Samsung A20 for only $20 more. Has quick charge, bigger battery and better cams.

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      Last 2 samsung devices (tabs) I had really slowed down after a yr+ and became close to unuseable. I assume the automatic update of their uninstallable apps - not sure. Maybe the samsung a20 is different.

      • +3 votes

        Then dare to get root access on your tablet and uninstall bloatware. That's what usually I do whenever I buy a new tablet.
        Don't do if you are conscious about losing device warranty.

      • +1 vote

        I find a useful thing to do is once a year or so backup apps and data, do a full wipe, and set the 'phone up as a new device. A pain, but seems to help a lot both for iPhones and Android phones. It gets rid of the junk left over from apps being installed/uninstalled, and by only reinstalling the apps I actually use/want then there's more space etc. By Y3 the battery in the device is usually toast, so it's then time to look at replacing and maybe putting in a new battery in the old device to put in the backup drawer…. or eBay…..

  • +1 vote

    Hard to recommend this over a Samsung A20, a phone that can be had for $169 locked to Vodafone.

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    Nokia 5.1 vs Moto G6, which one would be better ?

    • +1 vote

      I went G7 Plus.

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        I dunno why you got downvoted. I'm wondering the same thing.

        A family member has a Moto G5 Plus that's refusing to charge, would this Nokia be a good replacement, or downgrade?

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          This would be a good replacement if anything like the one I got. Which refused to charge after 3 months.

      • +2 votes

        I've had a Moto G1, G3 and now G5S Plus, but have decided my next phone will be something else, most likely an Android One based device. Motorola devices are nicely built, but the company is as tight as a duck's arse when it comes to version updates. I got ONE major update (from Android Nougat to Android Oreo), and that was my lot. Android One devices, on the other hand, get 2 years of version updates from the date of release.

        • +1 vote

          My Moto G4Plus was promised updates that never came . The update was released in some countries but was half baked and not ready for prime time apparently .

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      I'd go the Nokia 5.1 if I were you. It'll be at least getting an upgrade to Android 10, and maybe even Android 11 next year. The Moto G6 is gonna be stuck on Android 9 as it won't be getting any more version updates.

  • +13 votes

    If you aren't in a rush, the Nokia 5.1 Plus has appeared occasionally at $199. It has Helio P60 (faster processor) and USB-C.
    https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=9214&idPhone2...

  • +2 votes

    Mine lasted 2 months before experiencing the plagued loose charge port issue. I'm yet to claim warranty. My experiences before the hardware issue was poor. Issues including difficulties sending messages as the send/submit button on many apps is hidden in the navigation bar. Virtually no timely push notifications were received. Nokia aggressive battery saving settings meant no notifications were received if the phone was untouched for 20mins

  • +10 votes

    What about the 6.1 for $195??? 4GB/64GB

    https://www.tobydealsau.com/en_AU/product/nokia-6-2018-ta-10...
    My wife has one and been very happy with it

  • +1 vote

    This being an Android One device which was released August 2018, it will get version updates until August 2020 (so should definitely get Android 10 and may even get Android 11), and will get security updates until August 2021.

    Also, this being the 32GB version, it should come with 3GB of RAM which might help out the Mediatek processor a bit.

    DEFINITELY a decent deal for $199, especially if it's being bought for someone who isn't going to use high-end or processo/RAM hungry apps and games.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_5.1

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      Although I have had a Nokia 6.1 for ages and like it and Android One even more, I think it's wishful thinking this 5.1 will get the Android 11 update.

      We will get the Android 10 update after the New Year most likely ( end Q4 2019 to beginning Q1 2020 ), and the 5.1 will get it in Q2 2020. 2 years after August 2018 is August 2020, so Android 10 or 10.1 it will be but security patches till August 2021 which is still really good for a $200 phone. Most $200 will only get a few minor updates and a few security updates anyway.

      https://9to5google.com/2019/08/22/nokia-android-10-update-ro...

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        Which is why I said "it MAY even get Android 11". I didn't say it definitely would. Even if it just gets Android 10, it's still a deal at $199.

  • +1 vote

    If I was in the market for a phone, I'd buy this

  • -1 vote

    FYI:

    Geekbench Single Core (maily for app performance)
    Nokia 5.1 MTK 845
    Samsung Galaxy A20 1099 ($169 locked)
    Snapdragon 835 1967 (the $399 LG V30+)
    Snapdragon 845 2458 (the Google Pixel 3)
    Snapdragon 855 3520 (The Google Pixel 4)
    iPhone XS A12 4806
    iPhone 11 A13 5800?

    Antutu (emphasize on gaming and 3D graphics)

    Nokia 5.1 MTK 62000
    Samsung Galaxy A20 88710 ($169 locked)
    Snapdragon 835 212000 (the $399 LG V30+)
    Snapdragon 845 293000 (the Google Pixel 3)
    Snapdragon 855 362000 (The Google Pixel 4)

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    I have a Nokia 5.1 plus. It has difficulty connecting to my home wifi.
    Do you guys know a fix?

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    From the previous Aldi release there are still $129 single leftovers in some stores.

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    I really wanted to upgrade my Alcatel POS but it looks like there is not much positive about this phone

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      It's perfect for my 11yo as a first phone. I wouldnt consider it for any other reason. I know I wouldnt cry if she broke it @ only $200.

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    Didn't Nokia go out of business

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    Looking at picking one of these up. How does it compare to a Samsung Galaxy s7? Trying to work out if i keep my S7 and give her this or take this and give her the s7?

    Alternatively is there anything else in the 2-300 range that betters the S7 that i could pickup? WOuld like to upgrade my phone as the S7 is nearly 3 years old and getting clunky.

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      GS7 is streets better, especially cameras and screen. However still on Android 8, and you have to deal with some Samsung bloatware.

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    is this good enough for POKEMON GO?

    Thanks !~

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    Question for this Aldi experts, where do they normally stock things like phones during the sales. Is it in the middle at the back like most items or do they lock them away in those glass cabinets and you have to ask for them?

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      They lock them away in the glass cabinets and you have to ask for them.

    • +1 vote

      i just got one, they werent even in the glass cabinets, they were only out back and had to ask the guy to get one. I got there at 8 am and was 2nd in line so made sure i got one.

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    Picked up one pretty easily, they had them at the checkouts for those playing at home.

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    Having picked one up, it's a TALL and THIN phone, longer than i expected

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    Anyone else bought this phone and noticed an issue with screen flicker when on low brightness?

    edit: seems to be a major bug with new Nokias as per their forums:
    https://community.phones.nokia.com/discussion/3497/flickerin...

    I just post this in case anyone else was on the fence

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    Picked one up for the wife today. She is happy. Pretty easy to transfer all of her stuff from the old S4. Not the speediest phone but more reliable than he dying phone.

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    My local Aldi has a Motorola G6 down from m 279 to 199. Would it be better value?

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    So idk what luck either people had, but my phone had the screen flicker i already mentioned, but now it's blacking out randomly and will no longer take photos. I guess i just got a dud? They can't all be this badly broken, so i'll be taking it back. Will see if they have any other stock.

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