Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M10s is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 6.1 Plus (6GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M10s!

Nokia 6.1 Plus (6GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy M10s 
Nokia X6 Samsung Galaxy M10s
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Excellence Score
20.2
21.8
Value for Money Score
41.7
66.1
Price ₹ 18,499 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7884BRanked #96 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 6 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 N/A
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size N/A
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 512 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
Thickness 8 mmMedium 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 151 gmMedium 169 gmMedium
Width 71.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby 348 hrs N/A
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 Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Talk time: Upto 20.5 hrs, Music Playback time: Upto: 9.5 hrs, Video Playback time: Upto 9 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Simple, basic polycarbonate design (it's not as premium though as some of its competitors)
  • Compact and sleek (especially for a device that packs a 4000 mAh battery) - good for one-handed use
  • Relatively light while still delivering good battery life
  • Decent fingerprint scanner on the rear
  • One of the cheapest phones to come with a Super AMOLED display - the screen is vibrant and effective even in bright daylight - and this is a good phone to enjoy video content on
  • Samsung's OneUI is one of the cleaner, more refined Android UIs at present
  • Decent all-round performance with the Exynos 7884 octa-core chipset (similar to Snapdragon 450) - day-to-day performance is reasonably smooth
  • Decent rear dual-camera setup: 13-megapixel primary sensor + 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens
  • The primary camera captures good images in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras come with Live Focus mode so you can adjust the blur in the background even while clicking pictures
  • Uses the modern Type-C USB charging port
  • Good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 15W fast charging support
  • Overall, the Galaxy M10s is a good option for this price bracket if display quality is your primary criteria (you won't get an AMOLED display at this price elsewhere) - on the other hand, if you want to look at better all-round phones, with somewhat better cameras and performance, you can consider alternatives from Xiaomi and Realme
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The back panel is prone to fingerprint smudges and you should ideally apply a cover
  • Having said that, the competition in this segment is pretty tough, and you will get better performing phones from the Xiaomi and Realme competition
  • Focus speed is on the slow side
  • In lowlight conditions, the quality definitely goes down
  • While decent for the price, it's not quite the best camera phone for this price bracket - that award would go to the Xiaomis and Realmes of this range
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. If you are looking specifically for a Samsung device on a budget, the Galaxy M10s will do just fine....However, you should also consider options such as the Realme 5 or the Redmi Note 7S at this price level
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. All-rounder...offers decent value for money
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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