Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a slightly better phone, but the Nokia 6.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy J8 might be a slightly better choice.

Nokia 6.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Samsung Galaxy J8 
Nokia 6 (2018) Samsung Galaxy J8
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Excellence Score
35.4
38.3
Value for Money Score
71.7
70.2
Price ₹ 14,740 onwards ₹ 16,899 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Jun, 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 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #54 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 508 Adreno 506
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 F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR, Bothie Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Autofocus, Full HD Video Recording LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 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 8.2 mm
Weight 172 gm 177 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3500 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; ANT+ Support
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
  • The accents around the rear camera and the frame add a nice flair to the design
  • Supports face recognition too, apart from the fingerprint sensor, and it works fairly well
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Call quality is clear and crisp, and network reception is good too
  • 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
  • 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
  • Support for OZO audio recording gives a very good audio recording quality
  • Supports the modern USB-C port (instead of the microUSB port of the earlier Nokia 6)
  • 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
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • Has a new, modern 'infinity edge' 18:9 AMOLED display, that stretches from edge-to-edge, and makes the device easy to use with one hand
  • The Samsung Experience UI skin on top of Android is a pretty decent skin and packs a lot of features - there’s Bixby, Face Recognition, which works fine and there are features like themes, game launcher, Samsung Pay mini, Samsung Cloud, games launcher, one handed mode and more
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - especially in proper lighting conditions, the camera takes good images, and low-light performance is not too bad either
  • Decent front camera too - captures generally good images with natural colors
  • Good call quality, with good noise cancellation
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • Very good battery life - the big 3500 mAh battery, combined with the low power Snapdragon 450 processor and a 720p HD+ display gives you a recipe for some very good battery life - the phone comfortably lasts a whole day and if you use it judiciously, you can even make it last for two days
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
  • No ambient light sensor, which is a big miss at this price point
  • Fingerprint & face recognition is on the slow side
  • While the display is pretty decent, it could have had better resolution
  • The display also has significant bezels, whereas a lot of modern phones with tall displays these days have very little bezels
  • Also lacks a notification LED
  • Average performance considering the price bracket, thanks to the budget Snapdragon 450 at the core, which is these days more commonly seen in phones under Rs 10k - while day to day performance is alright, but push the phone a bit and it will start to stutter - moreover, the Samsung Experience 9.0 has a ton of unnecessary and sluggish animations, that don't help
  • The dual rear camera setup is decent, but the portrait mode is pretty mediocre, with very ordinary edge detection - the blurring feels mostly unnatural
  • The speaker is both oddly placed (on the right side of the phone) and tiny and cracks at higher volume
  • No fast charging support
  • No compass
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is hard to recommend - the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro bring faster processors, better displays and more premium designs, and now with the Poco F1 around the block, the J8 is an even harder sell
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. Huge upgrade over its predecessor
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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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  1. Hard to justify the cost
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Performance is its only serious drawback
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good performer beaten by the competition
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Skip this and look at Mi A2, Honor Play, or Poco F1
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
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