HMD global, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer has launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus Android smartphone for the Indian market. The device is a global variant of the Nokia X6 which was launched in China earlier this year. One of the key highlights of Nokia 6.1 Plus is its stock Android UI as the smartphones come under the Android One program. This makes the handset a direct competitor of Xiaomi Mi A2, which also runs stock Android and is priced at Rs. 16,999 in the Indian market.
With the release of Nokia 6.1 Plus, the company is targeting the mid-tier category of smartphone users. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is priced at Rs. 15,999and will be available for sale exclusively on Flipkart. We used the smartphone for a day to find out what Nokia has to offer to Indian consumers this time. Here is what we have to say about the Nokia 6.1 Plus in our first impressions.
Display review with a notch display
Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8″ Full HD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The screen has a notch, first for a Nokia smartphone and offers a screen resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. On the top, the device features a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for screen protection. The display is bright and responsive. The colors produced by the display are balanced and it appears that the device will effectively take care of all graphics rich contents. The display no doubt is impressive and will surely attract some eyes at first glance. However, we couldn’t get to test the device in direct sunlight as of now hence it will be hard to comment on the sunlight visibility of the device. By the looks of it, it appears that users will have no issues with the display under direct sunlight.
Camera: Dual rear camera setup with a 16MP front camera
In the imaging department, the Nokia 6.1 Plus features a dual-rear camera setup with a dual-tone LED flash. The rear camera comprises of a 16MP primary sensor with AF lens and f/2.0 aperture while the secondary lens is of 5MP with a f/2.4 aperture and 1-micron pixel. We tested the camera for a while and the device captured some decent shots which didn’t get pixilated much upon zooming the image. We will test the camera in our comprehensive review of the device and will share the feedback for the same.
The front camera on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a 16MP FF shooter with a f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is accompanied by a dual tone flash. The images output of the front camera is also of decent quality.
Both the front and the rear camera come with the support for AI features such as optimized color contrast, depth of field and portrait lighting effects. The front camera also supports facial recognition and has HDR support to capture some good quality of images. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also features the Nokia’s Bothie mode, which utilizes both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. Users will also be able to Live stream their bothies in real time by utilizing the masks and filters to Facebook and YouTube directly from the camera app.
Hardware and Software: Snapdragon 636 CPU with Stock Android
Under the hood, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is backed by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC which is paired with 4GB RAM. The device comes with an internal storage of 64GB which is further expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. This combination of hardware and software should make the device perform some heavy tasks without any lag; however, we are yet to run strenuous tasks to check the processing power and multitasking abilities of this mid-range device.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus runs on pure Android 8.1 Oreo and is under the Android One program. The stock UI is the highlight of the device. As mentioned earlier that the device comes under the Android One program, this means that the device will receive software updates and security patches faster than the non-Android One smartphones. This surely adds to the positive aspects of the device.
Battery and Connectivity:
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a 3,060mAh battery and comes with a support for Quick charge technology. It is being expected that the device will charge from 0 percent to 50 percent within half an hour which is impressive.
The connectivity aspects of the Nokia 6.1 Plus include support for 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and more. For charging and data transfers the device uses a Type C USB port. For audio output, the device also has a 3.5mm audio jack.