Nokia 6.1 Plus First Impression: It Will Make You Forget the Xiaomi Mi A2 The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a power Android One device on a budget


GOOGLE’s Android One Program is quite popular in a lot of countries and India is no exception to that rule.

A recent example of an Android One Smartphone was the Xiaomi Mi A2 that created a lot of hype not for its stock Android operating system but the dual-camera setup.

Now to spoil Xiaomi’s party, Nokia has launched the all new Nokia 6.1 Plus which is also an Android One device and priced at ₹15,999.

We have been using the device for a while now and here’s what we think in our initial impressions of the device.


Like many smartphones in 2018, the Nokia 6.1 Plus also sports a unibody design with a shiny glass back finish. There is a centrally aligned camera module along with LED flash and a fingerprint sensor.

Upfront, the Nokia 6.1 Plus offers a near bezel-less display with an iPhone X-like notch. The only difference being that the iPhone X’s notch hosts a lot of sensors, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus’s notch only has a front camera and the earpiece.

The overall proportions of the device are quite handy but not optimal for single hand usage. The power and the volume buttons are located on the right side of the device and have a good reachability when you want to use it with a single hand.

The glass back of the Nokia 6.1 Plus is quite reflective and is prone to fingerprint smudges and scratches, so if you plan to buy one make sure you either carry a cleaning cloth with you all the time or put this device in a cover.

Inside the box of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, you get a USB Type-C charging cable, power plug and a 3.5mm earphone. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi A2 that missed out on a 3.5mm audio jack, Nokia 6.1 Plus retains it in the device which is a good thing, of course.


The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 which has pretty much become the standard size for budget devices in 2018.

The sunlight legibility of the device is quite impressive and this is also a super-bright display. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also offers good viewing angles and the blacks are also managed well on this device.

This is quite evident when you stream high definition content from Netflix and Amazon prime on it. The display offers a lot of real estate space to play heavy graphic games like PUBG. Overall in terms of display the device is quite potent.

Specifications & Battery

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One device that promises a near-stock Android operating system experience to users.

The device also promises timely Google’s security patch updates and new Android version updates. So expect Android Pie to hit the Nokia 6.1 Plus very soon.

Out-of-the-box the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with Android Oreo 8.1 operating system.

In terms of firepower, the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform that is an upgrade over the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 which is found on the Xiaomi Mi A2.

The Snapdragon 636 comes with a promise of 40% higher performance than the Snapdragon 630 due to a Kyro 260 CPU.

The SDM636 is also integrated with a Qualcomm’s own X12 LTE modem that promises support for download speeds up to 600mbps and upload speeds of 150mbps.

Coupled with this powerful processor you also get 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a 3060 mAh battery and comes with charging via a USB Type-C cable. In our use, the phone lasted us easily a day with some amount of juice still left in it.

For heavy users, the device will last a day but if you are a moderate user, it can also last you for a day-and-a-half.


The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a dual-camera setup at the back. There is a 16 + 5-megapixel setup on the device for users to get that depth of field or the bokeh effect on their pictures.

The images are clicked on the highest resolution with an aspect ratio of 4:3. There is also HD video recording capability on the device.

In the front, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera that is also capable of clicking bokeh selfie images.

Overall the device offers a decent image quality for social media uploads but when it comes to detailing it does lack behind the Xiaomi Mi A2.

Introduced in the Nokia 8 back in 2017, the Nokia 6.1 Plus also comes with a Dual-Sight camera mode that enables the device to use the front and rear camera modules simultaneously.

Live streaming options on Facebook and YouTube are also integrated inside the camera app of the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

What Do We Think?

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a power Android One device on a budget. The beauty of this device is the display, Nokia’s build quality, a 3.5mm audio jack and most importantly availability.

Unlike the Xiaomi Mi A2 you won’t see yourself struggling to buy the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The pricing is also competitive when compared to the Mi A2 and if you ask us, we would recommend this phone over Xiaomi simply because there is more to a budget smartphone than just a camera.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also Nokia’s global launch for Android lovers and also gives us a sneak peek into what to expect from Nokia and HMD global in the near future.

Watch this space for the full review of the Nokia 6.1 Plus




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