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Nokia 6.1 Plus (X6) review

Introduction

Nokia’s return to the smartphone market with Android hasn’t exactly set the sales charts on fire, but the company has steadily been making progress, with a constant stream of new and relevant devices. The latest one we have today is the Nokia 6.1 Plus, an entrant in the ever-popular mid-range segment.

Nokia 6.1 Plus review

Even though it shares most of its name with the Nokia 6.1, don’t let that fool you into thinking the 6.1 Plus is some sort of larger version of that. This is very much a different phone altogether, one that feels much more modern than the 6.1 even though it’s only a few months newer.

Yes, we are talking about the notch design. Love it or hate it, the notch seems to be the trend for 2018 and Nokia is fully onboard. However, unlike others, Nokia has chosen to do this with its mid-range offering, which makes it one of the few in this segment to sport this design.

Nokia 6.1 Plus specs

Body: Aluminum frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 front and back
Display: 5.8-inch, 2280×1080, 19:9 IPS LCD with notch
Rear Camera: 16MP f2.0 + 5MP f2.4 depth sensor, two tone LED flash, 4K30 video, EIS (1080p only)
Front Camera: 16MP f2.0 fixed focus, 1080p video
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 1.8GHz 8x Kryo CPU, Adreno 509 GPU
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4X, 64GB eMMC 5.1, microSD support (up to 400GB)
Battery: 3060mAh, Quick Charge support
Connectivity: Dual SIM (hybrid), LTE Cat. 4, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, USB 2.0 Type-C, headphone jack
Misc: FM radio, fingerprint sensor

Looking at the specs, one can tell the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a decidedly mid-range offering, however, one with reasonably good specs that should make some sit up and take notice. The Snapdragon 636 chipset, for example, is reasonably powerful and 4GB LPDDR4X memory sounds generous. Then there’s the glass and aluminum design and a dual rear camera system. Nokia is also sticking with Android One for this device, which means you can expect a stock Android experience with relatively quick updates.

On paper, there is a lot to like here. Let’s see what’s it like in practice.

Unboxing the Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with relatively simple packaging, with just the phone, 10W charger and a USB-C data cable being bundled.

A simple silicone case would have been nice, but you’ll have to get that separately, along with a pair of earphones. The charger also does not support fast charging, even though the phone does.

Disclaimer: You might notice that this review is shorter than usual and doesn’t include some of our proprietary tests. The reason is it has been prepared and written far away from our office and test lab. Still, we think we’ve captured the essence of the phone in the same precise, informative and detailed way that’s become our trademark. Enjoy the good read!