Our Opinion

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 6.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 6.1 Plus!

Nokia 6.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Nokia 6.1 Plus 
Nokia 6 (2018) Nokia X6
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Excellence Score
33.8
48.0
Value for Money Score
69.1
82.5
Price ₹ 15,299 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 508 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 16MP + 5MP
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 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, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Autofocus, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.15 mm 8.59 mm
Weight 172 gm 151 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 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 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 Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
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
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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. 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 »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  19. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. themobileindian.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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