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

Quick verdict

The Nokia 6 2018 improves on the flaws of its predecessor in most important aspects, making for a phone that's fun to use. The Android One inclusion gives it expanded appeal as does its refined new design.

The good

  • Android One
  • Good battery life
  • Guaranteed security upgrades

The could-be-better

  • Still a bulky phone
  • Only a single rear lens

Nokia 6.1 (2018) at a glance
When was the Nokia 6.1 (2018) released? 4 May 2018.
What’s new about the Nokia 6.1 (2018)? 60% faster performance than 2017’s model, cut from a single piece of aluminium with two-tone effect, running Android 8.1 with regular updates.
How much does the Nokia 6.1 (2018) cost? RRP $449.

Nokia has refined its Nokia 6 model for 2018 with pleasing results, although it faces an uphill battle in the busy mid-range smartphone market.

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

Nokia 6.1 (2018)

Second time's the charm

Stronger, faster and more attractive: the Nokia 6.1 (2018) is a big leap forward for the reborn Nokia brand.

Promoted
  • The Nokia 6.1 (2018) retails for $449, but you can snag one for around $330 from online retailers like Catch and DWI.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403
Processor Snapdragon 630
Height (mm) 148.8
Width (mm) 75.8
Depth (mm) 8.6
Weight (g) 172
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 16
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 425
5.5
720x1280
8GB
MTK 6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 630
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
MT6737M
4.5
854 x 480
8GB
MSM8905
2.45
320 x 240
4GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
2560 x 1440
128GB
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 5.1
MediaTek Helio P18
5.5
1080 x 2160
16GB
N/A
2.4
320 x 240
128MB
Snapdragon 636
5.84
1080 x 2280
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 835
5.3
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 660
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
MediaTek Helio P60
5.8
HD+
32GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
5.8
HD+
64GB
Snapdragon 430
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB

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