Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 9i, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6.1 Plus!

Huawei Honor 9i  Nokia 6.1 Plus 
Huawei Honor 9i Nokia X6
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Excellence Score
34.4
51.4
Value for Money Score
72.6
84.4
Price ₹ 13,765 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU MaliT830-MP2 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.2um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Gyro-EIS, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), Flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.59 mm
Weight 164 gm 151 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3060 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 348 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Talk time: Upto 20.5 hrs, Music Playback time: Upto: 9.5 hrs, Video Playback time: Upto 9 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built
  • Stylish, premium design - full metal body and a bezel-less display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Quite compact, and easy to pocket
  • The FullView bezel-less display looks gorgeous and makes for a good media consumption device
  • EMUI interface on top of Android works well, and is easy to use
  • Good, snappy speed/performance all-round
  • The major USP of the Honor 9i is of course the quad-camera setup, and it works well
  • The primary camera on the Honor 9i includes a 16-megapixel lens coupled with a 2-megapixel lens for depth effect and an LED flash - the image results are quite crisp and well balanced - there are also loads of filters and modes for users to choose from
  • Video recording also gives you an option to have bokeh effect frames for still shooting
  • Upfront the Honor 9i comes with another dual-camera setup - the Honor 9i carries a 13-megapixel and a 2-megapixel lens along with a selfie toning flash - the selfies come out well, including with the bokeh effect - comfortably one of the best selfie cams in this price bracket
  • Decent battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
  • On the whole, the Honor 9i has an edge above its top competitors like the Vivo V7+ and the LG Q6, in terms of the fact that it offers both a good-looking bezel-less display, but also a pretty good set of cameras (the cameras on LG Q6, and Vivo V7+ are less capable)
  • Premium glass sandwich design housed within a sturdy aluminum frame - the stainless steel accents around the camera and the buttons, further add to the the aesthetics
  • Compact form-factor - one of the rare mid-range devices today that's built for one-handed use
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Nice, tall, 'notch' based display - bright and vibrant - with useful add-ons like 'night light' and 'ambient display'
  • Stock Android UI keeps things nice and simple and being part of the Android One series, you are ensured regular Android updates for a good 2 years
  • A very capable mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 636, ensures performance that is on par with the other top phone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 5 Pro - almost anything you throw at the phone is handled well
  • Decent set of dual cameras on the rear, that can produce reasonably good pictures in good light, and also take decent bokeh shots
  • Decent front camera too - it takes decently well-detailed selfies that are sharp and saturated
  • Quick charging support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 6.1 is a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid range (the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the better camera, and better battery life, but Nokia 6.1 wins with stock Android, and is more compact) and gives you both some serious style and substance on a budget
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The back is quite prone to fingerprint smudges
  • Sunlight legibility of the display could have been better
  • Doesn't support fast charging
  • Uses the older microUSB standard instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • Although glass designs always tend to be more premium, they also tend to be slippery, fingerprint magnets, and less durable (so you might want to use a case)
  • Both the rear and front cameras are not very good in sub-optimal lighting conditions - and even overall, not up to the high standards of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, or the Mi A2
  • The camera app on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is somewhat cluttered too
  • Battery life is ok, but definitely could have been better given the competition - it will last you the day with moderate use, but with heavy use you will need to recharge it by late evening
Expert Reviews
  1. If you prioritise looks over performance then the Honor 9i does offer more bang for the buck than other smartphones
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 9i is amongst the best phones in the sub-20k category, but it’s not perfect
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. If screen is important to you, the Honor 9i will make for a good smartphone at under Rs 20,000.
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. A very compelling device and one that deserves consideration
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Addresses most of the shortcomings of the Nokia 6.1, which was launched earlier on in the year
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A damn fine smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers mid-range specs in a premium design...a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Is not only well-priced but also competitive against its key competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. For those discerning individuals who want an unfussy smartphone experience in an attractive chassis
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Mid-Range Phone That’s Good Value for Money
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. It's got almost everything you could ask for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. If it's style and substance on a budget that you seek, it's the the Nokia 6.1 Plus that you want
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A complete budget device, with a premium design and top-notch performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
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