Our Opinion

The Nokia 6 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Sony Xperia XA1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Nokia 6 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Sony Xperia XA1 
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Excellence Score
28.7
26.0
Value for Money Score
66.1
57.1
Price ₹ 13,799 onwards ₹ 15,538 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-T880MP2
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 23.0 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, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, SteadyShot, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
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, 23mm Focal Lenght, Autofocus, 1/4" Sensor Size, SteadyShot, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 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
Thickness 7.85 mm 8 mm
Weight 169 gm 143 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 2300 mAh
Battery Standby 768 hrs 560 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 603 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A 11.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) 18.00 hrs 10.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 22 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Dolby Atmos; NFC; USB On-The-Go; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; 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
  • Nice, understated looks and premium build quality
  • The narrow body aids adds comfort in single-handed use
  • The taller body aspect ratio feels especially nice when you are holding the phone to your ear
  • Decent display - above average brightness and reasonably sharp
  • The user experience is typical Xperia - near-stock Android with extensive theming support and a few added features like the Stamina battery saving modes
  • Sony's multimedia apps are especially good - TrackID nicely complements the FM radio
  • The Helio P20 chipset is a snappy performer in both CPU and GPU-intense tasks - its performance is on par with the likes of Snapdragon 625, Exynos 7880 and Kirin 658 and it's also nicely power efficient in comparison to the Helio P10
  • The single loudspeaker is decent though could have been louder
  • Good 23MP primary camera - colors are accurate, dynamic range is adequately wide, and detail levels are good
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is decent too, as long as light conditions are good
  • Good all-day battery life
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)
  • The massive chin and forehead design may not be everyone's cup of tea
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • The 1080p video recording quality is pretty average - videos turn out quite soft and noisy
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