Nokia 5.1 Plus relaunched in Russia as BQ AURORA SE

Russian brand BQ has launched a phone called the Aurora SE for their market. The funny thing is the device looks eerily similar to the Nokia 5.1 Plus, also known as the Nokia X5.

Saying it is similar is wrong actually. It is the exact phone just re-branded. Same body size, same look notch, same materials, same screen size, same processor, same RAM, and storage option. It also comes running Android 9.0 Pie.

It isn’t clear how the Russian company picked up the Nokia 5.1 Plus for this rebranding. It could be they rented the design, or it could be HMD is reselling their devices to other brands.

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A NokiaMob writer claims HMD Global is short of money. Which doesn’t make sense given this QZ article from over a year ago.

I used the 5.1 Plus and really loved it. The body, the finish, that it was an Android ONE device, and above all the cameras, and USB type-C port. Though I never got to write a full review, it was a phone I constantly recommended through the year.

In Kenya it cost between KES. 18,500 and KES. 20,000, that’s $185 to $200. In Russia, the BQ Aurora SE is launching at around just $116.


Nokia 5.1 Plus Specifications:

Display5.86 inches, 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 Aspect Ratio
Cameras13MP+5MP Main Rear Cameras
8MP front selfie camera
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
RAM and Storage3GB RAM, 32GB storage
Battery3060mAh battery
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 (Oreo), upgrade to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
ExtraFingerprint scanner, USB type-C, Dual SIM, Colours: Gloss Black, Gloss White, Midnight Gloss Blue
PriceKsh. 20,000


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