2018 will be remembered as the year when Display Notch became ubiquitous. The mark is undoubtedly a controversial issue in smartphone design, but it is a necessary evil to make today’s narrow-range smartphones a reality. HMD Global, the company that brought Nokia back to the smartphone game last year, has now adopted the design trend with nokia 6.1 plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus.
nokia 6.1 plus design
The nokia 6.1 plus features front and rear glass, with a rigid aluminum frame. It has a prominent display with prominent borders, and a Nokia logo on the chin. Thanks to the long aspect ratio and curved edges, the smartphone is compact and pocket. However, using one hand is quite difficult.
When it goes on sale on August 30, nokia 6.1 plus will be available in three color options – Gloss White, Bright Midnight Blue and our review unit, Bright Black. The smooth glass back looks attractive and nice, but it is very smoky and has fingerprints. It is also incredibly slippery – a case recommended to get you a decent grip.
Accents around the rear camera module, fingerprint sensor, power button and volume button add some more desired flavor to it, an otherwise important design. Due to the low weight of this phone, we had some concerns about the build quality of this phone in our first impressions. However, nokia 6.1 plus is normally dependent on everyday usage during our review period.
nokia 6.1 plus‘s left SIM is an empty save for the SIM tray, allowing you to choose between other Nano SIMs and MicroSD cards.
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nokia 6.1 plus performance, software and battery life
nokia 6.1 plus provides an intuitive and consistent user experience, in which we deal with everything – from day-to-day work to web browsing and using social media applications, to workloads – without any problems. Upload time was fast and UI animations were smooth. Even games like Asphalt 9 ran smoothly without hesitation and downfall.
The Finnish company adopted Android One earlier this year, meaning a better software experience with stock Android 8.1, two-year Android version updates and three-year monthly security updates. is guaranteed. HMD Global has promised to update Android Pie as well as Android Q whenever it is released.
The software is liquid and very sensitive. While not a third-party bloat, some nifty value enhancements, such as the ‘Ambient Display’ feature, display miss calls, alarms and notifications without phones. You can also make some gestures such as switching the phone to reject a call, or lifting it to mute the ringtone.
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In our HD video loop battery test, nokia 6.1 plus lasted 12 hours 10 minutes. The real-world performance was solid, but not spectacular. This smartphone was easily achieved in 12 hours with moderate to heavy use, with about 20% of the tank remaining. Our uses include around an hour or two of navigation using Google Maps, frequent use of social media applications, recently launched games such as Asphalt 9, and taking photos and selfies.
The phone supports Quick Charge 4.0, but only a standard 10W charger is included in this box, meaning you’ll need over two and a half hours to fully charge.
nokia 6.1 plus camera
On the imaging front, nokia 6.1 plus has a 16-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of f / 2.0, as well as a 5-megapixel monochrome secondary camera with an aperture of f / 2.4. At the front, nokia 6.1 plus has a 16-megapixel fixed focus camera with an aperture f / 2.0.
The camera app has many features, such as live blur mode, AR stickers, dual vision mode for superimposing shots, as well as both front camera and AI-assisted portrait lighting. The portrait shots were very impressive with a good edge point and a comfortable tilt between the subject and the background. AR stickers are well applied and can be used with both front and rear cameras. The AI-assisted portrait lighting feature still needs a lot of work. Edge detection was poor, and most options enhanced the background.
During the day, the rear camera performed very well. The images had a good amount of detail and the dynamic range of the sensor was above average. Even the shots taken in indoor lighting were crisp and detailed. The colors looked slightly washed out, regardless of lighting.
The video recording for the front camera is maximum 1080p, while the rear module is capable of recording 4K video. You can watch videos directly on YouTube and nokia 6.1 plus from the camera app, and this feature also works in dual-view mode. Video quality is excellent.
Potential buyers should also take a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 , which are cheaper and offer better cameras, but are left with the benefits offered by Android One Xiaomi. The MAA2 has a better rear camera than nokia 6.1 plus, but has an average battery life and no headphone jack and microSD card slot.