Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 6 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Nokia 6 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 6 Nokia 6 (2018)
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Excellence Score
27.5
33.9
Value for Money Score
64.3
74.9
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 12,849 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #63 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 508
RAM 3 GB 3 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 Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR, Bothie
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.12um Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 84-degree Wide-angle Lens F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Autofocus, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.85 mm 8.15 mm
Weight 169 gm 172 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby 768 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 18.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 22 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Dolby Atmos; NFC; USB On-The-Go; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium aluminium body design, with a build quality that's comparable to much more expensive flagship phones
  • Quick, accurate fingerprint reader
  • The 5.5-inch display is consistently good in all areas - brightness, contrast, and sunlight legibility
  • Mostly stock Android UI helps in keeping things simple and clean
  • Decent rear camera - images shot in good light tend to have good detail and depth
  • Decent video recording quality too - good sharpness, contrast, vibrancy levels
  • Decent autofocus-enabled selfie camera - produces sharp selfies across more varied scenarios - color rendering is on-point too
  • Very good pair of stereo speakers - it's great to have spatial audio output on a phone in this price range - loudness is also above average - and overall audio quality is good
  • Decent (though not great) battery life - will last the work day
  • Excellent, tank-like build quality and industrial design - the phone has been milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium, and feels incredibly solid in the hand
  • It is not a phone that will get easily damaged by dropping, and wear & tear, and it could well be a contender for the most durable smartphone of the year
  • The accents around the rear camera and the frame add a nice flair to the design
  • Nice, 5.5-inch LCD screen - a step up from the original Nokia 6 with punchier colours and higher brightness (however, the viewing angles could have been better)
  • Supports face recognition too, apart from the fingerprint sensor, and it works fairly well
  • One of the best parts about the new Nokia 6 is that its now part of the Android One series, which means it will be getting direct and quick updates from Google itself (HMD Global has promised updates to Android P as well as Android Q, when they are released)
  • Of course the UI is stock Android which is always a good thing, in terms of keeping things nice and simple - the only additions are some simple add-ons like 'Glance screen' (which shows notifications for missed calls, alarms, and notifications without waking the phone from sleep) and a couple of motion-triggered gestures
  • The Snapdragon 630 equipped Nokia 6 (2018) does very well with overall speed/performance, even with intensive use, and handles everything thrown at it, and in those terms is a big leap over the earlier Nokia 6
  • It also does not get warm even when playing resource-intensive games, navigating around town with the GPS, or recording videos in full-HD - which is always a good thing
  • The cameras on the Nokia 6 are a mixed bag - they do decently well in good lighting (especially the rear camera), but not quite so in low lighting - they are decent at still photography, but video recording is pretty average
  • Support for OZO audio recording gives a very good audio recording quality
  • Call quality is clear and crisp, and network reception is good too
  • Supports the modern USB-C port (instead of the microUSB port of the earlier Nokia 6)
  • Decent (though not great) battery life - will last the day with moderate use - similar to the earlier Nokia 6
  • The battery now also supports fast charging - you will go from an empty tank to around 40 percent in 30 minutes, which is fairly good
  • On the whole, the Nokia 6.1 provides a solid option in a very competitive segment - it wins out on 2 key parameters - the stock Android UI and promise of future updates, and the ruggedness of the phone - at the same time, it is beaten by the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of having a beautiful modern bezel-less display, better ergonomics, and better camera performance, especially in low light
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No notification LED
  • The fingerprint reader is a bit thin and placed a bit low, so can take some time getting used to
  • The Snapdragon 430 chipset is a bit dated - while it handles UI navigation and basic tasks just fine, it does tend to hiccup when presented with more intense loads - many competing phones in this price bracket have better, more modern chipsets
  • Tends to get a little warm when pushed
  • No support for fast charging (as is present in some of its competitors)
  • At 8.5mm, the smartphone is not the slimmest out there and it feels quite bulky in the hand - the thick borders above and below the screen do not help matters, and single-handed use over long periods might not be very comfortable as the phone is a bit too wide
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is not the best - it is slow and inaccurate at times, and the location is somewhat unergonomic
Expert Reviews
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  13. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Nokia 6 (2018) is a great smartphone for its class, and we are sure the Nokia fans will appreciate it
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Brings some welcome improvements over its predecessor: a faster processor, 4K video and fast charging
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. HMD’s reboot of last year’s Nokia 6 is a tasty, thick slice of pure Android goodness
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. With a skilful, minimalist design that scores high on durability and fast performance to go with it, the Nokia 6 is the true flag-bearer of the iconic brand
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Huge upgrade over its predecessor
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Nokia 6.1 is durable, fast, and receives timely updates...You can't ask for more from a phone at this price
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
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