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.

5.5 inches

Display size

64GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403
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
Dimensions 148.8mm x 75.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight 172g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Snapdragon 630
RAM 4
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$399
Launch date2018-04
Nokia 6.1

The good

  • Android One
  • Good battery life
  • Guaranteed security upgrades

The could-be-better

  • Still a bulky phone
  • Only a single rear lens


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.

Nokia 6.1 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403
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
Dimensions 148.8mm x 75.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight 172g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Snapdragon 630
RAM 4
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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