Nokia 6.1 Plus Review with pros and cons- why should you buy it?
Nokia 6.1 Plus Review with pros and cons- why should you buy it?
Well, if we talking about a company which can produce durable phones then only one brand comes in our mind which is none other than Nokia. Since decades Nokia was the king of smartphone devices ranging from the ancient Nokia 3100 to the latest version Nokia 6.1 Plus, the manufacturer has done some amazing set of improvements in making this device.
The Nokia 6 had received an upgrade this year. The new Nokia 6 (2018) model comes more prepared than its previous versions and brings new upgrades that were missing in the original version.
One of the main highlights of the new Nokia 6 is a more powerful chipset, a premium design, and a fast charging, which also means that this smartphone is available at a slightly higher price. Since we have already some really interesting options in the mid-range segment, it would be exciting to see how Nokia 6 (2018) edition makes its place in the smartphone market.
This is now available in the Indian market, and I got to spend some time with the phone soon after the release. And here’s how it went –
Nokia 6 (2018) release date and price
The new Nokia 6 (2018) will be available for its customer from 6 April. Available in different colour options such as Black/Copper and White/Copper, it will cost around Rs 16,999, and can be purchased from the Nokia Mobile Shop (company’s online shop) and some select mobile retailers.
Airtel customers can enjoy a cashback up to Rs 2,000 on Nokia 6 and own this smartphone at price of Rs 14,999. Airtel customers can also enjoy an extended free subscription to the Airtel TV app till 31 December or maybe beyond that. Apart from that, consumers will get 25% instant discount on domestic hotels on MakeMyTrip.
All new Nokia 6 buyers will also be eligible for a complimentary 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it.
The new Nokia 6 will be offered at zero cost EMI on credit cards and through Bajaj FinServ and Home Credit. ICICI bank will be offering a 5% instant cashback till 31 May.
Nokia 6.1 Plus has been following the policy of taking a single block of Aluminum and carving it out the insides to place the parts and components of the smartphone. The device looks attractive for its price and it easily overtakes Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of looks.
While holding the device, I could feel its bit solid, dense unibody right away. The only plastic parts used is at the top and the bottom sides in this device.
The ‘double anodization’ process helps it to accomplish dual tone trims, which looks pretty good aesthetically. Unlike the old Nokia Lumia smartphones, the Nokia 6 does not have much bright color accents and instead has glints of copper and silver that delicately merge in the body.
Some other design changes include repositioning of the fingerprint sensor to the back, the camera design is also a little bit elongated, which makes the back look more premium.
The front side has also got a cleaner look as the physical navigation keys are now exchanged with on-screen ones. But it keeps thick bezels on the top and bottom side, which is not very 2018. Competing smartphones have cropped down bezels by a huge margin.
Measurement of this device is around 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15mm, the Nokia 6 (2018) fits reasonably well in the hand, but due to the blocky design and edgy corners, you might not want to grip it very tight.
But instead of all this, it justifies its price and feels very long-lasting.
The new Nokia 6 smartphone comes with a conventional 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display. It is sharp, the colors look effective.
Things which I did not like is the missing 18:9 aspect ratio, which has become an average and customers actually expect it. This is the only reason why this phone looks a little bit less premium in term of design otherwise it is very good.
The display has pretty good sunlight legibility and can be seen from odd angles too.
Power, performance, and interface
One of the main change we have seen in this smartphone is the chipset, where Nokia has upgraded it from the entry-level Snapdragon 430 to Snapdragon 630 this time. While the earlier Nokia 6 device used to struggle a lot when pushed for extensive tasks, this should not be the case with the new Nokia device.
Considering our understanding with other smartphones running Snapdragon 630, this one should be able to handle serious tasks.
It is a part of the Google “Android One program”, that means there is no bloatware and it will be among the first smartphones to receive the latest software updates.
There is just one variant of the phone available in the Indian market, which comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity with microSD card support. You will also get the stock version of Android 8 Oreo on this new Nokia 6 device.
While OEMs are inclined towards dual cameras even on mid-range smartphones, HMD Global has fixed to the single lens. There has a 16MP sensor on the back which is powered by Zeiss.
I have tried the camera in every possible way, But the short encounter was enough to know that it’s not the best camera I have seen in this at this price range. Like the older versions of Nokia 6, it also little bit suffers stability issues and the pictures were not crisp.
On the front side, there is an 8MP selfie camera, that also has the ‘Bothie’ mode features which allow you to use both cameras at the same time.
If we talk about the battery, then it has a 3000mAh battery just like the previous Nokia 6 device.
The Snapdragon 630 chipset gives more power efficient and uses a 14nm process in this device. Although Nokia also promises two days’ worth of battery life in this phone, I have doubt? Really, it would be able to do so with the way I use my phones.
The main highlight here is the presence of quick charging support. It is not that the previous Nokia did not support it but Nokia is bundling a quick charger with the box this time.
The 2018 Nokia 6 will get you from 0% to 50% charge in around 30 minutes. While it is not the fastest result, we’ll take that as sort of improvement.
The Nokia 6 (2018) does bring some major improvements that address our complaints with the last year’s device. The core demand remains the solid design and a fluid OS experience is beaten by a more powerful chipset.
At around Rs 16,999, the device sits above its competition in terms of price, but the missing 18:9 display could definitely disappoint its users.