Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

nokia 6.1 plus (4gb ram)  samsung galaxy m20 (4gb ram, 64gb) 
Nokia X6 Samsung Galaxy M20
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Excellence Score
25.9
26.3
Value for Money Score
65.9
64.1
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 13,290 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Feb, 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 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD TFT LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display TFT, Infinity Notch Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #55 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 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 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 151 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 71.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 5000 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 29.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Yes
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 Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: 17 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 101 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
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
  • Solid build quality, with a balanced weight profile
  • Feels comfortable to hold
  • Pretty responsive fingerprint sensor on the back - it also has a good placement, allowing you to reach the sensor easily
  • The front has modern, sharp looks with the water-drop notch and minimal bezels
  • Excellent, sharp, vivid, 'Infinity-V' display, with a water-drop notch - Samsung has always impressed with its display panels and this display is no exception - it offers deep colours with good brightness levels and contrast - it is definitely one of the best displays you can get in this segment, giving the Realme 2 Pro's waterdrop display a run for its money
  • Supports Widevine L1 standard, which means it is capable of delivering true HD quality videos on platforms like YouTube and Prime Video
  • Now packs the new Samsung One UI which is one of the most streamlined, clean, and refined Android skins around at present - and is especially well suited ergonomically for one handed use
  • It also has a very intuitive gesture navigation system
  • The second camera on the rear (part of the dual rear camera setup) is an ultra wide-angle camera - with the secondary lens, you will be able to capture more area in a single frame - the camera app lets you switch between the standard field of view and an ultra wide field of view with a simple tap - offering you some useful versatility in framing shots
  • Uses the modern Type-C USB port - which is great to see in the segment
  • Superb 2-day battery life, with a gigantic 5000mAh battery, makes the M20 a true road warrior
  • Supports fast charging - it takes around two hours to charge the M20 from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty decent for a phone that packs this large battery
  • Overall, Samsung shows a lot of potential in this price segment, after a long time, with the M20 - it presents a solid choice, especially for Samsung fans, and those that are looking for a particularly strong battery life
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 plain plastic build on the rear feels a bit cheap in this segment - and Samsung could have at least gone with a better quality plastic here, perhaps with some sectional lamination like the Honor 10 Lite and Realme 2 Pro
  • The rear panel is also a fingerprint and smudge magnet, and you will find yourself wiping it clean often during the day
  • The design, therefore, is conflicting - as the M20 looks really premium on the front with that lovely waterdrop display - but the back feels like it belongs in a lower price segment
  • Overall, the design isn't quite as premium as the Honor 10 Lite, Nokia 5.1 Plus or Realme 2 Pro
  • Performance is pretty decent, and daily use is smooth, but the new Exynos 7904 chipset falls below the Snapdragon 636 (the main chipset in the competing phones) in terms of performance - so you will not get the same level of performance as say a Redmi Note 6 Pro
  • The phone also gets slightly warm under stress
  • Overall image quality though from the rear camera set is pretty average - colours reproduction isn't great as photos often look washed out - in comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro tends to offer more detail and more accurate colours in similar lighting conditions
  • The M20's camera also does not offer the best dynamic range
  • The rear cameras also suffer greatly in low-light - indoors, photos lack sharpness and detail and often come out soft and noisy
  • The 8MP selfie camera is average too - it does a decent job at capturing colours and facial features, and it produces good selfie portraits, but it tends to blow out the background quite a bit
  • The single speaker port on the bottom is average - the sound gets muffled especially on higher levels
  • Yet, it also leaves you wanting a bit more - the M20 lacks that attractive look and feel that phones like the Honor 10 Lite, Realme 2 Pro and Nokia 5.1 Plus bring to the segment - the performance is also not the best in the bucket, and cameras are just average - the M20 is therefore better than Samsung's previous attempts in the budget range, but perhaps still not quite good enough for users looking for the best value
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. Balanced package that delivers in most key areas
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Balanced is the best word to define the Galaxy M20
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung still has a long way to go before it can truly compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Honor or Asus in the budget segment
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Doesn't quite catch up to all of its rivals' advantages, but at least it is very competitive for the first time
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A clear winner for Samsung
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Only a viable option if you absolutely must have a wide-angle camera...for everything else, there is a better alternative
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Shows that Samsung is willing to move towards making better phones for the budget segment, even though it has not reached there yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Samsung has finally managed to build a phone that ticks almost all the checkmarks that a young smartphone buyer is looking for
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. After adopting a wait and watch approach for a while, Samsung has gotten the ingredients spot on for an affordable Android phone that just works
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. While the M20 emerges as an alternative to the top competition, it does not really do enough to overwhelm them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. While the Galaxy M series shows a lot of potential, Samsung still has a few things to iron out
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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