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Nokia 6.1 (2018) Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Nokia 6 2018 improves on the flaws of its predecessor in most important aspects, with its refined new design and the inclusion of Android One giving it expanded appeal.

  • Android One
  • Good battery life
  • Guaranteed security upgrades
  • Still a bulky phone
  • Only a single rear lens

5.5 inches

Display size

64GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
403 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
148.8mm x 75.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight
172g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 630
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$399
Launch date2018-04
Nokia 6.1

When HMD Global announced its first run of Android-based Nokia smartphones, the Nokia 6 sat at the top of its affordable smartphone family, at least until the Nokia 8 came along. The 2017 version of the Nokia 6 wasn't a bad phone, but it was one that was beset with some serious design issues, mediocre performance and a lack of real standout features.

The good news is that for the 2018 edition of the Nokia 6, HMD Global has gone back to the drawing board to alleviate those issues, making the Nokia 6.1 2018 a fine budget option.

Mind you, HMD Global can't seem to decide what its actual name is. We've referred to it as the Nokia 6 2018 to differentiate it from the model that came out in 2017, but HMD Global seems to flick between calling it the "new" Nokia 6 or the Nokia 6.1 (as it was on our review packaging). This is an important distinction because there are likely still some of the 2017 models out there, and that's not going to be the handset you want.


Design

  • Rounded edges make it significantly more comfortable than the original Nokia 6
  • The more colourful redesign adds in a layer of premium style

Camera

  • Hardware is much the same as the original Nokia 6
  • Redesigned camera app and other small tweaks make quality photos quite achievable

Performance

  • Upgraded processor is a massive improvement over the original Nokia 6 and stacks up well against other mid-range handsets
  • Android One status provides peace of mind with guaranteed security updates

Battery life

  • Nothing remarkable, but perfectly capable of all-day battery life
  • USB C charging can get you halfway charged in just 30 minutes

Verdict

  • HMD's second crack at the Nokia 6 is dramatically better across the board

Pricing and availability

  • Price: RRP $449
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
403 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
148.8mm x 75.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight
172g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 630
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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