Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 3.1 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM)!

Nokia 3.1 Plus  Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM) 
Nokia 3.1 Plus Nokia X6
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Excellence Score
16.1
20.3
Value for Money Score
38.6
47.4
Price ₹ 12,599 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 260 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio P22Ranked #81 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 509
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture; AF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama 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 8MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, HDR, LED Flash F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, 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 8.19 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 151 gmMedium
Width 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use 71.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 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 Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes
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 Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Feels more expensive than it is, and is well-designed - it's that rare budget Android phones that will elicit responses such as “wow” and “this looks great”
  • Has a polycarbonate back, and the matte texture makes it great to hold the device - the rounded edges and the slightly curved spine help too
  • The metal frame only goes on to accentuate the premium feeling and adds a generous amount of solidity to the overall structure
  • This could have been a big phone, with a 6-inch display, but the footprint has been kept well in check, with minimal bezels
  • Good, modern, notch-less 6-inch HD+ display - it impresses from the outset in terms of vividness, brightness, viewing angles and crispness
  • On the software side of things, the Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with clean, simple, stock Android out of the box - the software experience itself is identical to what you'd find on any HMD device today, and like all Android One devices, the Nokia 3.1 Plus will receive platform updates for two years and three years' worth of security updates
  • Decent performance in day-to-day use - with a Helio P22 processor at the core (similar to a Snapdragon 625) - daily use is reasonably smooth and generally lag free (having a bloat-free stock Android version helps) - having said that though, there are definitely better performing phones in this bracket such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
  • Very good battery life - the combination of a 3500mAh battery, a 720p screen, and simple software - means that the Nokia 3.1 Plus does quite well in the battery life department - even with heavy use, the phone will last over a day, and with lighter use, you can make it last 2 days, and that for a big screen phone, is a genuine positive
  • 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]
  • While the rear dual cameras and the front camera do pretty ok in good lighting conditions with good colors, the low light performance is weak - focus also doesn’t always lock in correctly, and you need to manually force the issue - also, if the lighting is inconsistent, the camera’s capture speeds slows down, which means you need to hold the phone steady for a second longer after tapping the shutter button - overall the camera performance is the weak link in the Nokia 3.1 Plus package - and it leaves you looking for more
  • Overall, while the Nokia 3.1 Plus is quite likeable on account of it's design, and software, and excellent battery life - it's not the most competitive phone in this price bracket (especially in terms of performance, and camera) - and it will face some stiff competition from the top phones in this price bracket - the likes of the Mi A2, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro, and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
  • 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. There's a lot to love here...It’s far from perfect though
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Not the most competitive phone at its price level
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Worth considering when you’re planning to spend around Rs 11,000 on a no-frills smartphone
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Could have been perfect if it was priced lower
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. At this price point, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 or Redmi 6 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 are better alternatives
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Stumbles when it comes to the camera performance, and that we feel is the only shortcoming of what is otherwise a very slick affordable Android phone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. One of your best options, at this price bracket
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Offers decent performance and good quality for the price, but does little to stand out
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  10. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A very compelling device and one that deserves consideration
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A complete budget device, with a premium design and top-notch performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. 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 »
  4. A damn fine smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Offers mid-range specs in a premium design...a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Is not only well-priced but also competitive against its key competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. For those discerning individuals who want an unfussy smartphone experience in an attractive chassis
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Mid-Range Phone That’s Good Value for Money
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. It's got almost everything you could ask for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. 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 »
  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 »
  20. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
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