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Nokia 6.1: 5.5-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 630, 4GB RAM, 16MP-8MP Carl Zeiss camera for just $235

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Nokia has been keeping quite a low profile for this year, but that’s probably because they have been planning for something big. With the Nokia 6.1 entering the market, we shall see them making a comeback into the smartphone arena.

It was earlier this year that Nokia 6 hit the streets, as we can check out below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio and ~403 ppi density
  • Metal body
  • 2.5D curved display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 508 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.0 µm), phase detection autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12 µm) and autofocus
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1, upgradeable to Android Oreo 8.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • January 2018 release date
  • USD 230 price tag

The Nokia 6 of 2018 is quite a beauty and have a lot to offer in the mid-range segment. If that’s the case, what is in store for us with the Nokia 6.1 then?

Let the specs do the talking:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~403 ppi density
  • Front glass, aluminium body (6000 series)
  • 2.5D curved display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 508 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 27mm, 1.0µm, PDAF, Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12µm
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast charging (50% in just 30 minutes)
  • Android Oreo 8.1 with Android One
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2018 release date
  • USD 235 price tag

Here’s where the catch is with the Nokia 6.1. For starters, there isn’t any difference regarding the screen aspect. But looks can be deceiving though, as the entire body is cut from a single block of aluminium and features sculpted 2.5D corning gorilla glass display.

Same goes with the hardware, there’s still the similar Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with a blazingly fast octa-core processor, decent graphics and 4GB RAM. You can expect it to perform very well in the mid-range department, all your apps and games should function just fine.

Camera-wise, the Nokia 6.1 lets you capture the moments that matter on ZEISS optics 16MP main camera with 4k video recording. Show both sides of the story with an innovative dual-sight mode, using both the 16MP main and 8MP wide-angle selfie camera that performs well, even in low-light conditions.

Regarding storage, there’s only one option now with the 64GB internal storage being the default. Should you need more space, just pop in a microSD card and you are all set for an expansion of up to 128GB.

You might find the 3000 mAh battery a little bit underwhelming, but rest assured that in just 30 minutes – it should get the Nokia 6.1 up to 50% of battery life.

Finally, the plain vanilla Android One found on this smartphone is another huge plus point. It brings a google designed software experience to the Nokia 6.1. Get easy to use interface, a curated set of pre-installed apps, and free unlimited high-quality photo storage with google photos. You will always get the latest security patches and features before everyone else.

Conclusion:

Nokia 6.1 might not seem much of an improvement from the outside, but there’s more than meets the eye with this smartphone. With a more solid and better-looking body, a great 16MP primary camera with Carl Zeiss optics, large 64GB internal storage and the pure Android One experience provides for an excellent value-for-money smartphone.

Nokia 6.1 is currently available for approximately USD 235 and comes in Black/Copper, White/Iron and Blue/Gold colours.

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