Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J6 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly 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 J6 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Nokia 6 (2018) Samsung Galaxy J6
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Excellence Score
31.7
26.7
Value for Money Score
74.2
67.9
Price ₹ 11,804 onwards ₹ 11,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 PieAndroid One series Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 720x1480 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
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 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7870Ranked #50 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
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 16.0MP 13.0MP
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/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Autofocus, Full HD Video Recording LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
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 8.15 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 172 gm 154 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 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 Video Playback Time: Upto 17 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration N/A
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
  • Modern, fresh design with an almost bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’
  • Good build quality
  • Despite housing a 5.6-inch screen, the device is compact and lightweight - you can easily use it with one hand
  • The 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ is one of the best in this price range - makes for a good video watching experience - the AMOLED panel makes every thing look vivid and the viewing angles are decent too
  • Samsung's Touchwiz on top of Android is one of the more refined and neat Android skins, and has some useful add-ons like Samsung Pay Mini which makes digital payments easy and a Knox-powered ‘Secure Folder’ for you store to sensitive files
  • Decent day-to-day performance, backed by a Exynos 7870 - should work fine for basic users
  • Good battery life - the 3000mAh battery which will easily last a day for heavy users while average users can squeeze around 36 hours of battery life
  • The rear is made of polycarbonate and feels nice
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
  • The display resolution could have been better
  • The performance is alright, but is far from the best in this price bracket (that prize would go to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro)
  • Average rear and front cameras - colours in daylight photos are washed out, and dynamic range is below average - even close-up shots are ordinary, with bland colour reproduction
  • No fast charging support
  • Misses out on basic sensors like an ambient light sensor, and a digital compass
  • On the whole, the J6 is a fairly underwhelming device, and you will find plenty of better alternatives available at the same price point
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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