Nokia 6.1 Plus
REVIEW SUMMARY
Design
8
Display
8
Performance
8
Battery
7
Camera
8

There was a time when Nokia was the king in the smartphone industry, however, the company lost the direction due to certain reasons. Since then, the company has been releasing the smartphones to regain lost glory. Nokia 6.1 Plus is the company’s latest mid-range effort and it looks like they are right on the money this time.

After debuting in the Chinese market as Nokia X6, the device has surfaced in other markets worldwide while in Pakistan it is priced at Rs. 35,800.

Nokia 6.1 Plus is the first phone from the HMD Global which offers notch display and features that stand out against the likes of Chinese brands in the mid-range segment. But what else besides the trendy display? Without further due, let’s enter our in-depth testing of the device.

Design

Nokia 6.1 Plus starts impressing from the moment you take a look at the device and it gets even more excited when you hold it. It is one of the sturdiest and well-built phone from the company in recent times.

It not only feels premium in hand, Nokia 6. Provides a comfortable grip which assists you in longer gaming or browsing sessions. The hand never get tired of holding the phone.
Surprisingly, Nokia has opted premium all glass body which is rarely found in this price segment.

The phone has got Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection at front and back which is again a thing not offered in this affordable category.

The front of the device houses a notched design with minimal bezels, thanks to the ever-evolving technological advancements. The fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup are placed at the back of Nokia 6.1 Plus with a subtle Android One branding.

Right Side of the device features power key and volume button which are tactile and responsive while the left side contains the dual Hybrid SIM tray that offers an option to place two SIMs or a single SIM and a microSD card. We loved the approach of Oppo A7 where one can use dual SIMs’ in the presence of expanded storage card.

The top of the phone carries a 3.5mm headphone and a secondary mic dedicated for noise cancellation.

Bottom of the phone furnishes speaker grill, mic and USB Type-C charging port which makes Nokia again one of the few phones with this type of port in this price range.

The placement of the fingerprint sensor and all the keys are perfect as they provide single hand use with everything within easy reach. However, you should be careful while putting down the phone without the cover on hard surfaces as the camera lens is slightly protruding.

The design of Nokia 6.1 Plus is here to impress. The all glass body, packed with metal frame offers impressive finish and state of the art craftsmanship at this level.

Display

Nokia 6.1 Plus boosts 81.5% screen to body ratio on a 5.8 inch Full HD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The pixel density of the phone is whooping 435ppi which makes sure that the users get true and sharp colors.

The IPS LCD panel on the device is a treat to watch as it produces some nice, crisp and balanced colors which are not washed away from any angle. However, on a bright sunny day, it fails to manage reflections due to the low brightness levels.

Although the notch in Nokia 6.1 Plus is not as large as Huawei Nova 3i, it’s not as minimalistic as Oppo A7. However, it’s the first venture of Nokia phones with a notch and it impressed us a lot. Nice job is done!

Software

You must have comprehended that Nokia is an Android One device. It means that you will be loving the stock Android software experience and it’s no doubt one of the strongest features of the phone.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Software interface
Nokia 6.1 Plus Software interface

As expected the user interface is simple and organized without any bloatware we encounter in EMUI and ColorOs. When we turned on the phone, few apps welcomed us and offered no nuisance of disabling and removing the bloatware from the device.

The notch never interferes with the games and videos as it hides well in the black bar. Nokia has provided just a single app in case someone encounters any problem and wants to report back to the company, which is commendable.

One of the biggest advantages of stock Android is the guaranteed security patches and updates. Android 9 is promised by the HMD that it will eventually be provided to the Nokia 6.1 Plus users.

Performance

Speaking of the performance, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with Adreno 509 GPU for graphics enhancement and gaming purposes. Nokia 6.1 Plus has got 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which is expandable to 400 GB with the help of SD card.

Benchmarks scores of the device showed that it performed fairly well.

Benchmark scores

In our moderate usage testing, the device showed us no lags or hindrance while we browsed the social media, transferred some videos through Bluetooth and simultaneously engaged the device in multi-tasking and switched apps frequently. Nokia 6.1 Plus handles all the tasks efficiently and remained smooth throughout the testing.

Speaking of heavy usage, the device played the games without any graphical distortion. The only problem we experienced was the device getting warm but not so much to cause inconvenience to hands.

Nokia 6.1 Plus has got Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0 which enables it to offer fast charging capabilities with USB type C port. The battery of the phone is of 3060mAh which provide enough juice for the day in moderate to little heavy usage.

The phone dropped just 14% of the battery in an hour while we were testing the device on moderate usage. It eats up 25% of the battery in heavy usage which is average in the mid-range smartphones.

Camera

Nokia is famous for providing smartphone users with some excellent camera lenses and features that are not just gimmick but enhance usability.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with an integration of 16MP + 5MP dual camera setup where one is the main sensor while the other is the monochrome sensor having a dedicated f/2.2 aperture.

Badshahi Mosque Pic with Auto Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Auto Mode
Badshahi Mosque Pic with HDR Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
HDR Mode
Badshahi Mosque Pic with PRoMode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Pro Mode

The camera has impressed us. In daylight, Nokia 6.1 Plus produces some fine images with a wide range of colors. HDR is there to help you get the detailed images with colors popping out. As the camera sometimes struggles with controlling light, HDR balances the pictures while providing depth in colors.

Auto Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Auto Mode
HDR Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
HDR Mode
Plants Picture with Auto Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Night Auto Mode
Plants Picture with HDR Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Night HDR Mode

There was a time when most budget and mid-range smartphones came with little to no great features. However, things have changed now, thanks to Chinese manufacturers. Nokia is also providing AI integration in the camera.

Building Picture with auto mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Auto Mode
Building Picture with HDR mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
HDR Mode

AI automatically detects the scene and adjusts the settings, sensing the frame and available light. Night shots are impressive with rich colors, however, sometimes it catches noise which is again a scenario with most of the mid-range smartphones.

Shop Picture at night with Auto Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Night Auto Mode
Shop Picture at night with HDR Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
HDR Mode
Picture at Night with auto mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Night Auto Mode
Picture at Night with HDR mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Night HDR Mode

The live bokeh mode impressed us a lot, it blurs the background efficiently producing some crisp and fantastic portraits.

Live Bokeh Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus
Live Bokeh Mode

Verdict

After a long time, we are truly impressed by the performance and design language from a Nokia phone. Having stock Android is an extra plus as it provides some great interface which is not found in other brands except the Oneplus. The camera of the phone will also entice many users.

If you are ready to compromise on extreme gaming and multi-tasking, Nokia 6.1 Plus is an amazing deal especially for those who want a great build, modern design, sophisticated camera, and a great software experience.

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