REVIEW: Nokia 6.1 Plus - All You Can Imagine in a Phone

05:20 PM | 14 Nov, 2018
REVIEW: Nokia 6.1 Plus - All You Can Imagine in a Phone
LAHORE - The House of Nokia Phone, HMD Global, has spearheaded the revival of Finnish brand during the past three years having stock Android software under the hood. And, its latest addition to Nokia family will surely catch your attention!

Nokia 6.1 Plus is an ideal smartphone to consider in Pakistan if you are looking for a device that delivers the smooth stock-Android experience without proprietary apps or software-based sluggishness, but a bright camera and a premium feel - within a reasonable price.

Key Features

  • Body: Front/Back Glass (Gorilla Glass 3), Aluminum Frame

  • Screen: 5.8 inches IPS LCD display, 1080p resolution, 432ppi

  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One

  • Chipset: Snapdragon 636 chipset:Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260; Adreno 509 GPU

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Camera: Dual 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm, PDAF  + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor; video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)

  • Front Facing Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1", 1.0µm with 1080p@30fps video

  • Storage: 64GB of built-in storage expandable with MicroSD card up to 400GB

  • SIM: Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)

  • Connectivity: LTE; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Bluetooth v4.2, USB-C port, IR blaster

  • Battery: 3,060mAh non-removable battery

  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)

  • Price: Rs35,800


Box Content

  • Nokia 6.1 Plus Smartphone

  • Warranty Card and Quick Start guide

  • USB Type-C charging cable

  • Power Brick with 5 Volt and 2 Ampere rating

  • Earphone


The latest 6.1 Plus is as strong as any other Nokia's famous phone yet providing a premium feel to its users. The smartphone weighs 151 gram with dimensions of 147.2 x 71 x 8 mm.

There is a 5.8-inch IPS LCD screen on the front side. On top of the screen, a notch is home to the front-facing camera and earpiece, while the bottom bezel features Nokia's visual branding.

The rear side of the phone features a super-fast and very reliable fingerprint scanner, as well as a dual 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel camera setup with a dual-tone, LED flash.

The left-hand edge is home to a Hybrid-SIM tray (which can accept two SIMs or one SIM and a microSD card), while on the opposite side you can find the power and volume rocker. On the bottom, there’s a USB Type-C port, a single speaker. The top of the device features a noise-cancelling speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack.


Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with 5.3 inch IPS display which gives 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution and, 19:9 ratio with 2.5D curved glass at the top. The Full HD display delivers crisp visuals and excellent contrast, with a high pixel density of 432 PPI (Pixels per inch), with a sleek shape. The notched design also gives a feeling of edge-to-edge design, which is really appealing.

The display looks slightly washed off as the legibility in direct sunlight isn’t brilliant. Moreover, the display has an exceedingly cool white point, which makes the screen look incredibly blue at all the times. It is not all bad and some Androiders might find this look even appealing, but it's a bit garish according to today's standards.


The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is built on a 14nm manufacturing process, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260, Adreno 509 GPU and, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and 3060 mAh non-removable battery.


The smartphone has a dual-camera setup of 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm, PDAF  + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor.

The 6.1 Plus uses basic camera application and the interface is fairly simple and features toggles for HDR, Portrait Mode, and flash on the top.

The bottom includes different shooting modes like Photo, Manual, Bokeh, and Video.

Although the pro or manual mode lacks some features, it still lets you adjust the metering, autofocus distance (auto, infinity, and macro), white balance presets, and exposure compensation only.

There is no shutter speed control, no ISO or fine-grained control over the manual focusing and the white balance.

There are also AI-filters available in camera application, which also has a fairly capable portrait or Bokeh mode to make the the background blur.

Bokeh — Shot on Nokia 6.1 Plus

The HDR mode works quite well. In most scenes, the HDR mode has helped bringing out a lot of shadowy details, bringing balance in the images quality.

In videos, you can choose to live stream directly to YouTube or Facebook from within the application. There's also a 4K time-lapse function and a slow-motion mode that records in 480p at 120fps; however, no EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) is available in 4K video recording.

In ideal lighting conditions, the camera on the Nokia 6.1 Plus manages to take some really good portrait shots with natural looking colors. Most shots had clearly defined edges and just the right blurring. In a few cases, it overdid the blurring, though. The landscape shots were also impressive and offered accurate color reproduction and good sharpness.

Dual - Sight Mode

The 16 MP front camera takes quite good selfies and with face detection, it locks on to your face in a snap. The details are fairly impressive in good lighting conditions.

Performance and Battery Life

The SoC on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is Octa-Core Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset couples with Adreno 509.

In our review test, the smartphone is capable enough to run most mid-range games without any lag, we have tried the high-end games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the game runs smoothly on the lower and medium setting but on its high resolution, the smartphone lags sometimes.

There were no visible lag or performance hits while carrying out day to day tasks like opening/closing applications and multitasking a few tasks in the background.

With a 3,060mAh battery, this phone provides a pretty decent battery life. It provides enough power to easily get through a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Operating System

The smartphone runs on the stock-Android OS that ensures the best Android experience with fast updates and a smooth user-interface and it does not come with customized UI.

The smartphone comes with Andriod 9.0 (Pie) out of the box and has some new feature like Adaptive Battery and ScreenScreen Glance (displays time and important notifications on lock screen), New System Navigation (Swipe up from anywhere to see full-screen previews of recently used apps, swipe left and right to easily navigate between them, and tap on one to jump in.), Overview Selection (Long-press to select text or image in Overview mode and see actions based on what you've selected for example, an option to route to an address with Google Maps or share for an image).

The UI experience here is overwhelmingly stock, which is good and what you expect from an Android One device. However, sometimes it feels not everything is well thought out for this particular device type.

Our Verdict

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of best options in the upper midrange in Pakistani smartphone market. It offers great dual-camera experience that can’t be matched by any reputable phonemaker in this price range.

The phone is pretty solid well-rounded package. The capable innards are housed in a premium metallic chassis that looks great. In the daylight, the dual cameras shine and its portraits alone merit a much higher price.

The 6.1 Plus is a very capable device as getting a stock Android experience with guaranteed updates on an essentially future-proof device just sweetens the deal.

Disclaimer: The review is based on 7 days usage. Customers may differ with our experience. Keep sharing your opinions!

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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