It’s 2018 and Nokia is back to doing what it does best, i.e manufacture new smartphones that offer a bang for your buck like few others.
With the 6.1 Plus, Nokia has set its crosshairs on the sub 20K category and if the Nokia 7 Plus is any indication of how things are going to be, then the other manufacturers better watch out.
Design And Build
Nokia has finally boarded the “notch” wagon with the 6.1 Plus being the first Nokia to sport the notch. Love it or hate it, the notch is here and we do not think it will be dropped any time soon.
With the 6.1 Plus, Nokia stays true to the minimalistic design philosophy with its glossy black back and matte finished sides. The dual lens camera on the rear, the flash module and fingerprint sensor all fall in in a neat line making the back look symmetrical enough to ease the fevered brow of your OCD riddled friend. It’s a similar story on the front with the notch at the top which includes the front camera module and speaker, while the bottom chin neatly houses the Nokia logo.
We really appreciate the thin silver highlights, around the rear camera module, fingerprint sensor and buttons for power and volume on the side of the phone. It really goes to show the attention to detail that Nokia has shown for smartphone in this price bracket.
The only real drawback we could find in terms of design and build was that the device was too slippery. The smooth matte finish sides do not offer the most secure grip and things get a bit hard to manage when operate the power and volume buttons. That small niggle though can be solved by simply slapping a case on the back.
Overall we are really impressed with the build quality and design of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. the materials used feel premium. While the 6.1 Plus may not be confused for a flagship device, it by no means looks like a sub 20K smartphone.
Performance and Software
Inside the Nokia 6.1 Plus sits a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and 4GB of RAM which is ideal for everyday usage and average gaming like Candy Crush or Clash Royale. Heavier games like PUBG though may not play as smoothly as one would expect. A casual gamer won't really be bothered but the more competitive ones out there might end up rage quitting.
The 3060mAh battery provides enough juice to last a whole day with reasonably heavy use and might even last longer for a normal user considering the frugal 636 processor.
The 6.1 Plus joins others Nokias in the Android One family with a flavour of Android Oreo mixed in it (No word on Pie yet). They also promise to push out monthly updates with two years of guaranteed OS updates after its launch to keep the phone secure yet smooth. Classic Nokia.
Nokia doesn't believe in adding on extra bloatware or custom skins to enhance or animate the user experience. Think of it as a baked cheesecake with Oreo crumbles on the top. Nothing too fancy, but tastes delicious. It's Stuff India's favourite you know.
Nokia spoke highly of its 16MP+5MP dual shooters (with dual-tone flash) on the 6.1 Plus. We got a little point-and-shoot time and we must say, for ₹15,999, this one can stack up some great photos. The 6.1 Plus has the usual camera modes like - bothie mode, portrait bokeh, HDR and pro camera like its older siblings.
Let us stress the fact that the 6.1 Plus does not click pictures anywhere near what flagships are capable of but it is one of the best if not the best for a puny 16K smartphone.
If you’re the selfie-taking kinds, you’ll be pleased to know that the 16MP front camera shoots some crisp shots with great amount of detail.
The camera app itself is simple and easy to use with enough options to keep you busy for a long time.
It’s a value for money package, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, and it delivers that in every aspect, including the camera.
To be perfectly honest, it’s quite hard to find a fault with No Nokia 6.1 Plus, considering its price. It does a few things spot on, like the build quality and software experience that give the user an illusion that the device is way more expensive than its asking price. But that illusion is broken when you demand more from the device. We are talking ofcourse of the camera and processor which is still the best you can get at that price but considering that the price, but falls short of expectations when you take into consideration the rest of the phone.
In other words, what we are trying to say is that Nokia has given us the camera and processor of a smartphone which is at par with the price, but the buttery smooth software and build quality of a smartphone that would cost you nearly double, and that makes it a mighty fine deal in our books.