Nokia 6.1 Plus is lighter than what we thought it would be. It easy to pull it out of your pockets and use it with just one hand. This in addition to a compact form factor delivers a good in-hand feel. It is not as long as Galaxy S series flagships nor is it as broad as Vivo Nex. Hence, it manages to deliver a neatly packed powerhouse that looks good.
Nonetheless, a clean Nokia 6.1 Plus definitely looks attractive. The dual rear cameras are at the centre inside a capsule-shaped casing while the fingerprint sensor is below them and the ‘Android One’ branding can be seen below. What could be be a minor issue here is that one would need to fiddle at the back to recognise where the fingerprint sensor is located, resulting in unwanted smudges and fingerprints.
But all-in-all, the Nokia 6.1 Plus does look impressive and might as well be the most beautiful looking handset in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.
HMD Global has made sure Nokia 6.1 Plus customers won’t have any complaints in the display department when it comes to specs. It has a 5.8-inch full HD+ (2280×1080 pixels) with 19:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Although the ‘notch’ remains controversial and may not be a thumbs-up for everyone, it does show that HMD Global can keep up with the market trends and is giving customers more options to choose from. The notch also paves way for more screen to body ratio in a Nokia smartphone than ever.
The smartphone has a 2.5D curved screen which is prone to scratches but then you also get Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection so careful usage shouldn’t harm the display in any way.
Nokia 6.1 Plus takes all it’s processing power from Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which is not bad per se but is also not the best. For tasks like streaming videos, working on documents and even playing heavy games, for instance, Asphalt 9 Legends the smartphone works well for the most of the times. At times however, we did not some frames being skipped while playing games. The handset uses Adreno 509 GPU to crunch all the graphics and animations in apps.
Nokia smartphones are not really known for their cameras – at least not the ones in the budget segment. The last handset that we found did wonders in the camera department was the Nokia 7 Plus. But with the new Nokia 6.1 Plus, the focus seems to be back on the cameras. The handset is not just being marketed for its shooting performance but also ‘AI enhancements’ which aims to make end results better.
light situations the resulting images are not bad at all. The camera is snappy and supports Portrait mode as well.
Nokia 6.1 Plus is an average performer when comes to battery life. In our daily usage, which included nearly everything from streaming audio over Bluetooth to playing games, editing videos, browsing in social media apps, chatting and working on a couple of documents, the smartphone managed to last for around seven hours. If you are spending over 2-3 hours on gaming on this device, then you may have to carry a portable charger with you. The smartphone is backed by a 3060mAh battery, which is a generous capacity for a smartphone falling under the Rs 20,000 price segment. On a regular use, which is of course not as much as what we used, the handset might as well last you for 8-9 hours.