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Nokia 6.1 Plus: Stock Android experience in a budget phone (Mobile Phone Review)
Nokia 6.1 Plus, which was launched in India on August 21,
is the first device from HMD Global's stable to sport a notch -- a little black
cut-out on top of the smartphone screen -- and the latest to join the trend of
19:9 aspect ratio screen phones with tiny bezels.
This is the third iteration in Nokia 6 series and is the global variant of Nokia
X6 that was introduced in China a few months ago.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus essentially competes with Chinese rival Xiaomi's Mi A2, which
is the only phone from the company (after Mi A1) to have ditched its custom MIUI
OS in favour of the Android One platform -- the unmodified Android operating
system with a promise of improved security through frequent updates.
Google's Android One primarily focused on entry-level devices for emerging
markets, including India, but later evolved into its key mobile programme.
At Rs 15,999, Nokia 6.1 Plus offers 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage that can be
further expanded up to 400GB via a MicroSD card.
This is how the smartphone fared in real-world usage.
The aluminium frame sandwiched between Corning Gorilla Glass 3 lends a tasteful
and sturdy look to the smartphone.
In terms of design, the device trumps its competitor Mi A2 which has an-metal
Notably, the all-glass premium design makes Nokia 6.1 Plus a significant upgrade
from the Nokia 6 (2018) that was launched in April this year.
HMD Global has crammed a 5.8-inch FHD+ 19:9 display into a 7.9-mm smartphone,
thus keeping it sleek and just perfect for single-handed use. The Nokia 6.1 had
ample bezels all around and had a smaller 5.5-inch screen.
The display on Nokia 6.1 Plus was punchy without being overwhelming.
A Qualcomm Snapgragon 636 chipset powers the smartphone which also fuelled
Xiaomi's budget Redmi Note 5 Pro.
We browsed videos, ran several social media apps and opened dozens of browsing
windows simultaneously and did not notice any stutter in the performance.
The optimised stock Android experience is a delight to use and with the Android
One programme, the smartphone will receive timely updates from Google
(guaranteed for three years), which also makes the device eligible for Android
Pie and Android Q OS.
The 16MP+5MP dual rear cameras, with flash, have been vertically stacked at the
rear of the device. The rear shooter took good images in proper lighting
conditions and outdoors without looking over-saturated.
The pictures had decent dynamic range and detail.
HMD Global has kept the phone's camera software pretty simple and added what it
calls a "Bothie" mode which we first saw on last year's Nokia 8.
The Bothie feature essentially activates both the front and rear snappers to
capture images or videos simultaneously.
A 3060mAh battery powers the device that managed to deliver a day's worth of
juice on moderate usage.
What does not work?
The primary camera system struggled to capture detailed images in low-light
conditions. However, we can expect the issue to be sorted out via software
updates in the future.
We also saw noticeable shutter lag while capturing selfies from the 16MP selfie
Conclusion: Stock Android experience with a promise of timely
security updates and a plush design makes Nokia 6.1 Plus a competent smartphone
in this price segment, giving competition to the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.
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