Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 
Nokia 6 (2018) Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
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Excellence Score
33.9
33.0
Value for Money Score
73.3
68.6
Price ₹ 13,202 onwards ₹ 14,994 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo
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 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7870Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 508 Mali-T830
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 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR, Bothie F/1.7 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Autofocus, Full HD Video Recording Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 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 8.15 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 172 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Attractive, sturdy, unibody design - easily one of the better looking devices in this price bracket - build quality and materials are flagship-grade
  • Fairly ergonomic too
  • Very good sAMOLED display, arguably the best in this price bracket - high resolution, good viewing angles, good colour reproduction - videos look excellent - and sunlight legibility is great too (on par with more expensive phones, and better than Samsung's own Galaxy J7 Max in this price bracket)
  • Samsung's UI over Android is light, and works well - with some nice add-ons like social camera, and Samsung Pay
  • Decent performance in day-to-day use
  • Good rear camera - pretty similar to the one on the very good J7 Max - making it one of the best cameras in this price bracket - and a good shooter even for low light situations
  • Very good audio output from both headphones, and loudspeaker
  • Separate slots for Dual SIMs and SD card (instead of a hybrid slot)
  • Very good battery life - among the best in this price bracket - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Performance could certainly have been better, and while its good enough in daily use, it's not quite what you would call snappy, and it doesn't match up to its top competitors - so, if your only use case is casual social networkings, emails, videos - then the phone will do fine, else there will be better options in this price bracket
  • While the rear camera is pretty good, it does sometimes take too long to focus, and sometimes underexposes pictures, and that takes away from the dependability a little bit
  • Front camera is good too, but it is focused a bit too close, which can lead to blurry shots when the phone is held a bit far
  • No support for fast charging
  • If design, battery life and brand name are the main criteria then the Galaxy J7 Pro is a good choice, but it has some tough competition from the likes of OnePlus 3T (more powerful + more dependable camera), and Moto G5S Plus on the lower end (almost as good in all criteria, at a lower price)
Expert Reviews
  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 »
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