- 5.8 inches, Full HD+ Bezel-less display, 19:9 aspect ratio
- 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
- 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Internal Storage, microSD up to 400 GB
- 16 MP + 5 MP Dual cameras, EIS, 16 MP Front camera
- Android 8.1, Android One, 3060 mAh battery, Fast Charging
- Fingerprint Scanner, Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C
|Bezel-less display with Notch|
|Face recognition unlock|
|In-display fingerprint scanner|
- Very beautiful & premium design for price
- Very good quality bezel-less display
- Very compact & comfortable to use
- Excellent performance
- Android One; Stock Android with fast updates
- Decent battery backup
- Good user experience
- Brand value of Nokia
- Camera performance falls behind the competition
- No notification LED
- Fast charger not supplied in the box
- Fingerprint scanner position is a bit too low
- Uses Android’s default face unlock which is slow & unreliable
Should You Buy?
Overall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a strong phone from HMD Global with a very beautiful design & a very premium build quality, which is one of the best for its price & more importantly, the phone is very compact in size & is easy to use with one hand. The bezel-less display has very good quality & it has also got excellent performance along with all the beauty of Android One & its fast updates. However, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has rather weaker cameras compared to its competitors otherwise, it is a pretty well-balanced phone with the brand value of Nokia & can still be a very good choice.
Update (16/06/2019): As it is getting almost a year older and especially when we have lots of better smartphones around the same price, it could be a good decision to overlook the Nokia 6.1 Plus despite it being a good smartphone.
|Phone Name(s)||Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia X6 (in China)|
|Build||Front/ Back Glass, Metal body|
|Dimensions||147.2 x 70.98 x 7.99 mm|
|Buttons||On-screen navigation buttons, Power button, Volume rocker|
|Screen Size||5.8 inches|
|Display Type||Bezel-less IPS LCD display with Notch|
|Resolution||Full HD+ (2280 × 1080 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||432 pixels per inch (PPI)|
|Aspect Ratio||19:9 aspect ratio|
|Display Area||81.5% screen-to-body ratio|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Touchscreen||Yes, Capacitive, Multitouch|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with Kryo 260 cores|
|RAM||4 GB LPPDDR4x|
|External||microSD up to 400 GB|
|Rear Camera||16 MP + 5 MP Dual cameras with Dual LED flash|
|Details||Primary sensor: f/2.0 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, PDAF|
Secondary sensor: f/2.4 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size
Bothie camera, Portrait lighting, Live Bokeh, AI Beauty, Slow motion video, HDR, Panorama
|Video Recording||4K @30fps, 1080p @30fps, EIS|
|Front Camera||16 MP|
|Details||f/2.0 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, Selfie Bokeh, Filters, Stickers, Animated Masks|
|Video Recording||1080p @30fps|
|SIM||Dual SIM (hybrid slots)|
|SIM Size||Nano SIM|
|Capacity||3060 mAh Li-Ion battery|
|Fast Charging||Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 compatible but 5V/2A charger shipped in the box|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass, Gyroscope|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz Dual Band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v5.0, A2DP, LE|
|Location||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB Type||USB Type-C (USB 2.0)|
|Speakers||Single speaker with smart AMP|
|3.5mm Headphone Jack||Yes|
|Microphone||One primary microphone and one dedicated microphone for Active noise cancellation|
|Cellular Networks||2G, 3G, 4G / VoLTE|
|2G Bands||GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz|
|3G Bands||HSDPA 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100|
|4G Bands||FDD LTE 1(2100)/ 3(1800)/ 5(850)/ 8(900); TDD LTE 40(2300)/ 41(2500)|
|Speed||LTE Cat. 4, 150Mbps DL/50Mbps UL|
|What's in the box?||Nokia 6.1 Plus, Charger, USB Type-C cable, Quick guide, SIM ejector, Headset|
The Nokia X6 was one of the most awaited phones from the brand ever since it has come back and HMD Global has finally launched it in India as Nokia 6.1 Plus and with Android One. The first thing you notice when you see the phone is how beautiful and premium looking the device is. It comes with a glass back and metal frame and has great build quality. With 151 grams of weight, the phone is light and also has a smaller screen with notch, which makes it very compact compared to most phones out there and is relatively easy to hold and use with one hand.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets full marks in design and just wins you over, you could just want to buy the phone for its look but, before you come to that decision let’s talk about other vital aspects of the phone. It sports a 5.8 inches bezel-less Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio & 432 ppi pixel density. There is a notch up top, which in our opinion looks beautiful and gives you more screen real-estate. The display has good colors, good sharpness and has overall very good quality for the price. The screen comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Coming to the performance, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and comes with Kyro CPUs which are usually used in the high-end Snapdragon 8xx series flagship processors. The phone is coupled with 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM and Adreno 509 GPU. It delivers excellent performance for all kinds of usage and handles heavy games pretty well without overheating.
However, if you are a very heavy gamer you should extend your budget to around 21k and must go with the Poco F1 with the flagship SD 845 processor or you can also settle with the Honor Play, but if you can’t really extend your budget that much then even the Xiaomi Mi A2, which is also an Android One phone with a more powerful SD 660 processor at just Rs. 1,000 more will be a better choice.
Talking about the software part, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One phone, which means it gets the pure stock Android user interface with promised and very fast updates to the latest Android versions for at least 2 years and monthly security updates for 3 years. It also gets other benefits and new features from Google first. The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 400 GB via microSD card but, has a hybrid slot.
When it comes to the cameras, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a dual rear camera setup with a 16 MP primary sensor and a 5 MP secondary sensor. The picture quality, unfortunately, is not great. You get kind of okay shots, dynamic range being a hit and miss, colors being little dull and edge detection in the portrait mode not very accurate. It’s not like the cameras are a blunder, they are still fine but when you compare the camera quality with the similarly priced Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Moto G6 or even the Honor 9N, they have a lot better quality. Same is the case with the 16 MP front camera, nothing great. However, the bothie mode which lets you click or shoot from the front & rear cameras at the same time is very good.
The fingerprint scanner on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is good but is marginally slower than its competitors, which is still fine but what’s annoying is the placement on the back, which is a bit too low than your finger’s normal resting position. The Nokia 6.1 Plus doesn’t come with a good face recognition unlock feature either and relies only upon Android’s default trusted faces, which is not very fast or secure.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is backed by a non-removable 3060 mAh Li-Ion battery, which combined with the processor’s and Android One’s efficiency delivers a decent battery backup and will last for a day if you don’t use it very aggressively. It supports fast charging but very unfortunately, it doesn’t ship with a fast charger in the box and you only get a 5V 2A, 10W charger by default. It uses USB Type-C for data syncing and charging.
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- Heavy Users
- Normal Day to Day Users
- Heavy Gamers
- Moderate Gamers
- Camera Lovers
- Selfie Lovers
- Multimedia Consumption