The Nokia 6.1, the second generation of Nokia phones from HMD Global, has finally arrived in the US! HMD Global has announced that you can buy the latest Nokia smartphone, either from Amazon or from Best Buy, beginning the 6th of May, at a starting price of $269. Model options include black and copper; white and Iron and Blue and Gold.
Nokia is continuing the Nokia 6 series, as the 2017 model has sold more than ten million units.
Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018)
The phone is more stylish than its predecessor and comes with enhanced hardware as well. The closest rivals in this sphere are the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, both of which are priced a little lower.
The upgrade on the Nokia 6.1 continues with the new Zeiss lens, top-notch audio recording features, improved Bluetooth 5.0 and running on Android Oreo, 8.1 out of the box, being part of the Android One.
The Nokia 6.1 or Nokia (2018) looks like a slab with flat side paneling and sharp edges, compared to the curved edges of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is also heavier than its competitors at 172 grams and wider looking too, which makes for comfortable holding.
It comes with a matte finish in black with shiny copper side panel linings. The body to screen ratio has been increased to 16:9 aspect ratio and a 5.5 inches full HD, IPS display. The screen resolution is 1080 pixels and it comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The fingerprint scanner is found on the back. The dimensions of the Nokia 6 2018 are 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm and it weighs 172 grams, just about 3 grams more than its predecessor, the Nokia 6.
The Nokia 6.1 doesn’t have a fancy design. It’s just basic but comfortable and user-friendly. There’s beauty in its simplicity and it presents a style that is missing in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The plain accents seen around the frame boosts the design hugely.
Upping the Hardware
The Nokia 6.1 or the Nokia 6 2018 runs on a 2.2 GHz, octa-core Qualcomm, Snapdragon, 630 chipset. It comes with an octa-core Cortex A53 processor clocking at a speed of 2.2 GHz. The graphics card is Adreno 508. This is combined with a RAM of 3 GB and an internal storage capacity of 32 GB, which can be expanded to 128 GB using a micro SD card.
The competition is, however, better on this aspect, as both the Asus and the Xiaomi smartphones come with a more powerful process with Snapdragon 636, though just a tad more.
Yet, the new Snapdragon 630 processor is a worthy upgrade over the earlier Snapdragon 625 on the Nokia 6. The CPU is more powerful with improved graphics as well. The only phones that can beat the overall performance of the Nokia 6.1 are ones that have a superior chipset, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro or the Galaxy A8 Exynos 7885.
Pure Android Experience
The Nokia 6.1 offers a nostalgic value being an Android One smartphone running on the stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. This is what puts it on a notch higher than its rivals. It means that users have the assurance of getting all Google updates. They can also avail unlimited storage on Google Cloud with photos stored in the original resolution. The Android Oreo on Nokia 6.1 is the biggest bonus, which is rarely seen in this price range.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is based on the company’s own MIUI 9 which is, nevertheless, packed with features. As for the Asus, it also runs on Android 8.1 with stock Android and has promised an update with the latest Android P, which Google will release later on this year.
The Nokia 6.1 is equipped with a 16 MP Zeiss, the rear camera having dual tone flash feature and capable of 4K videos. The front camera is an 8 MP resolution one.
The Dual Sight feature on the new Nokia 6 2018 can enable activation of both the front and the back cameras simultaneously. Users can create their very own #Bothie. You can then stream it live on social media as well.
Another upgrade on the Nokia 6.1 camera is 4K videos. It can record 4K videos along with Full HD at 30 fps, with audio recording stereo 256 Kbps.
As for the battery, the Nokia 6.1 is backed by a battery of 3000 mAh and offers support for fast charging.
The stereo speaker setup present in the predecessor is now changed with the new model having only a single loudspeaker firing from the bottom, eliminating the second speaker. However, the audio has been enhanced. It is richer and louder in comparison to the Nokia 6.
At the end, though the specifications on HMD Global’s Nokia 6 2018 may not exactly dazzle, it relies on its overall amazing experience, namely: its design and brand appeal, with NOSTALGIA being the key element presented through pure Android.
According to the Head of Sales, America, HMD Global, all the features of the Nokia 6 that fans loved have been kept in the Nokia 6.1 and the formula has been enhanced to offer an excellent and improved performance. The Nokia 6.1 is a faster version compared to last year’s Nokia 6 and comes with additional features like Dual Sight tech, improved ZEISS optics and faster USB C charging features.
The Nokia 6.1 truly has a lot going for it, pure Android combined with a steady performance, making it worth the additional cost when compared to its competitors. The Nokia 6.1 ticks several checkboxes, though the competition is quite stiff. HMD Global has a wider market reach but the Nokia 6.1 will face stiff competition from the recent Xiaomi smartphone and the Mi A1, which is also included in the Android One program.