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Up close with the affordable Nokia 5.1, 3.1, 2.1 phones

See the inexpensive trio with features that may surprise you.

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Perla Shaheen
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A new trio of budget Nokia phones -- Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1 -- comes your way, starting in June (or July, depending on the phone). These wallet-friendly phones refresh last year's models.

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Which one's which? From left to right, you're looking at the Nokia 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1.

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Nokia 5.1

The 5.1 sells in June -- the 16GB version costs 139 euros (around $162) and the 32GB model will go for 169 euros (about $197). 

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The 5.1 has an upgraded 5.5-inch display with a higher resolution than the 5.2-inch Nokia 5 of yesteryear. 

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It's got a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel wide angle front-facing camera. 

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The Nokia 5.1 even uses the trending 18:9 screen ratio.

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Another change from the previous model: The fingerprint sensor has been moved from below the screen to the back. 

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This placement of the fingerprint sensor frees up space for a larger display.

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The handset runs on Android One, the most "pure" version of Google's OS that isn't on a Google Pixel phone.

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Unlimited photo uploads to Google Photos is an extra perk. 

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Yup -- that's a Micro-USB charger port you're looking at, not the USB-C standard that most new phones adopt.

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The Nokia 5.1 has an aluminum body. Right now you're looking at the satin copper color, but it also comes in blue and black.

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For comparison: the temper blue and the satin copper colors side by side. 

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Next in line we have the Nokia 3.1, which takes a step down from the 5.1 with a 5.2-inch screen display.

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Nokia 3.1

The Nokia 3.1 has a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle front camera, but it doesn't offer unlimited uploads to Google Photos. 

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At its core is the same processor as the 5.1, Android One.

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You can see the Android One logo on the back.

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Light enough to balance on a succulent! (The Nokia 3.1 weighs 4.9 ounces.)

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It has an aluminum frame with plastic backing, less sleek than the 5.1 but also less smudgy. 

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No need to fret, the headphone jack is still here; you'll find it at the phone's top edge.

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The plastic backing may not be shiny, but the aluminum frame proves that the devil's in the details. 

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This is the first of the three new Nokia phones to go on sale; you'll be able to pick up the Nokia 3.1 in June. 

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The 16GB version costs 139 euros (around $162) and the 32GB model will go for 169 euros (about $197). 

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Nokia 2.1

Finally, here is the Nokia 2.1, the most budget-friendly of the bunch. Surprisingly, its screen is a 5.5-incher, a larger display than the more expensive 3.1 (but the same size as the Nokia 5.5). 

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In contrast to the other models, the Nokia 2.1 runs on Android Oreo Go software, a simpler version of Android designed specifically for inexpensive handsets.

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The Nokia 2.1 holds an enormous 4,000mAh battery, which promises to run for two full days on a single charge. That's pretty huge for a budget phone.

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There's an 8-megapixel rear camera, with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. 

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Like the Nokia 3.1, the 2.1 here has a plastic backing -- but hey, at least it won't shatter?

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As the cheapest of the trio, the Nokia 2.1 sells in July, for 115 euros (about $134).

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See what we think about the Nokia 5.1, 3.1 and 2.1 here.

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