Nokia 6.1 Plus Review: Hard Outside and Smooth Inside


Sometimes some brands are able to left marks on your brain with there last impressions ever they had. Yes, you figure out right, we are talking about the brand which entered the market again after the long wait. The Nokia by HMD Global quietly launched some mid-range and budget range smartphone last year. By getting into game HMD global launched this year Nokia 6.1 plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus with impressive features and looks. Out of that, we are talking about Nokia 6.1 Plus which is Hard outside in terms of design and built quality. And Smooth from inside in terms of usability and performance.

As the year 2018, is the year for the notch displays. So Nokia this time predicted the environment correctly and launched a design trend handset in the mid-range segment. Although Nokia 6.1 Plus is a renamed version of Nokia X6, which was way back launched in China earlier this year. The Nokia 6.1 Plus based one Android One programme and runs on Android 8.1 oreo. So without getting any further delay lets to check out the review: Why Nokia 6.1 Plus is Hard Outside and Smooth Inside?. Let’s find out

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Nokia 6.1 Plus: Price and Availability 

Nokia 6.1 Plus is launched at the price for Rs.15,999 only. It is launched only in the single specification that is 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. However, the colour option is available- Blue, Black and White. The Nokia 6.1 Plus can be grab through only Flipkart(as Flipkart exclusive only) or direct Nokia’s website.

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Design and Display

The Nokia 6.1 Plus has fluent design and seems quite settle and a premium flagship in this segment. There is 2.5 D Glass at the front and back along the aluminium frame which gives the tough rigidity feel. However, the size of the phone is large which relatively seems compact in terms of handy and pocketable. An overall design of the Nokia 6.1 plus clone to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. According to us, if someone with large hands doesn’t face any problem in the one-handheld use.

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The front of the Nokia 6.1 Plus is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and back is simply crafted with simple glass. So, it is recommended to use the case in regard to having a good grip and protected from smudges.

While on the up-front, there is a small notch carrying with a front-facing camera, earpiece and sensor. Besides this, the notch is small as compared to the other handsets at the same price point. Nokia has the first time tried this interface in their handsets. The display is 5.8 inches which have little bezels all around and a small chin at the bottom with Nokia engraved over it. Coming to all around, on the right, there is volume rocker and power/lock on/off button while on the left there is a hybrid slot with dual 4G Sim/memory card.

On the back, a dual camera module with a primary sensor 16MP and depth sensor of 5MP along the LED flashlight. Apart from this underneath, the fingerprint sensor and the vertical Nokia logo. The Nokia 6.1 plus comes with a single stereo speaker, which delivers the clear crisp sounds adjacent to USB Type-C port. No alike the Xiaomi Mi A2, the Nokia comes with 3.5 mm headphone jack over the top.

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The display of the Nokia 6.1 Plus has 5.8 inches full HD+ with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The colours and viewing angles of the display are great, vivid and decent. All thanks to the small notch will don’t distract you while watching the videos over Youtube or Netflix. But the 0.3 inches area covered by the notch which gives only 5.5 inches of useful display. The outdoor readability is good, as having the adaptive brightness functionality in the handset.

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Performance and Specification

The Nokia 6.1 plus in this segment quite fairly comes with decent hardware at the price point. it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 series chipset(636) which uses the Koryo cores clocked at the 1.8Ghz. Furthermore, it is coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and 4GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. However, the additional storage can be extended with the help of micro Sdcard(can be chosen an option from second sim slot).

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In the layman words, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gots the fastest processor in the mid-range segment. It easily able to have a good score at the Geekbench and AntuTu test- 116,134 in AnTuTu, 34fps in GFXBench T-Rex, 10fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, and 1328 and 4,936 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests.

Adding to this, we have tested two games over the handset to check out the performance of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The PUBG and WCC2 haven’t faced any problem beacuse the gameplay got automatically adjusted to the medium level graphic setting. However, no lag intercourse during the test. But if you are a heavy gamer and like to spend lots of time over it, then you should look for another option in the segment as this handset is cool for casual gamers.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with the Pure Android interface out of the box. As it is based on the Android One Programme which completely means that to have two System updates and up to three years of monthly security patch updates. in MeanWhile, the Nokia promises to deliver the latest Android Pie and Android Q update as whenever got released. The software gives the fluid performance, no other third-party apps except important feature “Ambient Display”. The enabling feature gives the notification highlights over the specific time frame.

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The Nokia 6.1Plus comes with gesture control options like rejecting call, muting the phone or while answering the call. The fingerprint scanner and facial recognition seem quite laggy in the handset. The facial recognition doesn’t work well in the low light condition while in the case of the fingerprint sensor placing of the sensor is relatively not well. While unlocking the handset finger get placed over the lens.

From heavy to medium use, the handset can last up to the single charge conveniently. The Nokia 6.1 pus comes with 3,060 mAh battery which is underwhelming as compared to the other handsets in the segment. From playing games to surfing the internet and social media to clicking the few photos battery last 25 per cent at the end of the day. As the Chipset 636 support the quick charge option but the handset comes with the 5V-2A charger which relatively means around take more than 2 hours to charge the device from 0 to 100 per cent.

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Camera

In the camera department, the Nokia 6.1 plus has the main camera module of 16-megapixel primary lens with an aperture of f/2.0 and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel as a depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 along the dual LED flash. While on the front it has 16-megapixel of the lens with an aperture of f/2.0.

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The camera app comes with various inbuilt options like live bokeh effect, dual-sight mode from where the front and rear pics can be clicked simultaneously, picture-in-picture mode, AR stickers, portrait mode, beauty mode and AI-assisted lighting mode. Furthermore, all the options can be used from the front and rear camera as well. In our test we found AI assisted lightning experience good but not up to the mark. During the night time portrait pictures sometimes given decent shots.

While during the daytime shots we got are perfect and crisp along the detailed angles. We found the depth sensing sensor working well during the daylight condition. The Nokia 6.1 plus camera cluttered the mixed bag of performance in low lighting. the colours are washed out as against the unfavourable condition. The shutter lags in predicting the focus of the object during the low light.

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The interesting feature we found in the Nokia 6.1 Plus, the dual-sight mode. It was first seen in the Nokia 8. Through this feature, you can take the photos/videos from the front and rear camera at the same time. In the case of video recording, with the main camera, you can record 4K videos and with the front camera up to 1080 pixels.

The camera app comes with the pre-enabled option for steaming the live videos to the facebook and youtube. The dual-sight mode can also be used.

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Verdict

Should You Buy or Not?

No, doubt the Nokia 6.1 Plus delivers the good and decent performance either in terms of software or hardware. It has a nice, vivid and bright display with Full Hd+ with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The overall design of the handset seems premium like high-end flagships with glass back and front. The Nokia guarantees for timely updates. We found the camera cluttered in the competition segment to Xiaomi note 5 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Asus Zenfne Max Pro M1. Due to the vulnerability in the low light condition. Anyhow, if Nokia can resolve the bug through the software update it doesn’t feel like the bad option.

If you a hardcore Android Fan and love pure stock experience, then it perfectly made for you. While relatively can look after the other options also Xiaomi note 5 Pro and Mi A2, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. Apparently, you will miss the pure android experience there. The Xiaomi Mi A2 lacks in headphone jack but have a better camera than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. In the nutshell, the Nokia 6.1 plus is a decent option available in the mid-range segment with premium flagship features.


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