Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 3.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6.1 Plus!

Nokia 3.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Nokia 6.1 Plus 
Nokia 3.1 Nokia X6
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Excellence Score
25.8
49.5
Value for Money Score
69.2
83.4
Price ₹ 10,307 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 310 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6750Ranked #66 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860MP2 Adreno 509
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13.0MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Geo-tagging, Touch focus 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 8.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84.6-degree Field of view F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.7 mm 8.59 mm
Weight 138 gm 151 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2990 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
Other Features N/A Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The Nokia 3.1 is immediately appealing because of its build quality and size - the lightly grippy flat plastic back is handsome, and the curved glass on the front running into the sides is classy for a budget phone - getting a nicely coated metal frame is also treat, and it really gives the feeling of a phone that's built to sell for twice the price - in sheer style, there is not much competition for the Nokia 3.1 in this price bracket
  • The phone is also very compact - and it's just the right size for anyone who wants to be able to use their phone in one hand
  • Surprisingly good quality screen, for this price bracket - it's a 5.2-inch 18:9 display with good viewing angles and brightness levels
  • Being an Android One device, the software is clean and simple stock Android, and will get guaranteed updates for a long time to come
  • Fairly loud speaker
  • Decent battery life - the simple software and relatively small display ensure that you should go through a full day of use with 20% or more battery remaining
  • 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]
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • The main achilles' heel of the phone is performance - with a Mediatek MT6750 (similar to a Snapdragon 425) and 2GB of RAM at the core, you shouldn't expect very smooth performance or quick switching between apps - app opening times will be significant, and multi-tasking will be laggy
  • Average cameras - as you would expect in this price bracket - you can get ok photos in good daylight and with a steady hand, but you shouldn't expect anything more
  • The 16GB of internal storage quickly gets limiting, so you will need to use a microSD card (the saving grace is that the Nokia 3.1's SD card slot, like all modern Android phones, offers the option of adoptable storage to let you integrate that card into the system as an indistinguishable part of the internal storage)
  • On the whole, the Nokia 3.1 is well-done phone, especially in terms of styling, screen, battery and software - but it is let down a bit by the performance - so if you are a heavy user with high expectations of performance, you might want to look elsewhere
  • 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. A well-designed and balanced smartphone...it's just that the competition has more attractive offers to earn your cash
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great small budget phone with performance problems
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidpolice.com 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. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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