October 2, 2023

High Options

Spectacular construct high quality

4K video recording

First rate battery backup

By Shaurya Shubham

After a quick hiatus from the market, HMD International final yr purchased its Nokia gadgets into the reckoning with the launch of a slew of smartphones. Whereas most did obtain a constructive response, it was the Nokia 6 which was thought of the best-performing smartphone of the lot. When Nokia launched its successor, Nokia 6.1 a few months again, there was sure to be curiosity as will it be capable to stay as much as its predecessor’s billing. The price range smartphone class is likely one of the tightly-contested and Nokia actually wants a winner to make a mark. Whereas Nokia 6.1 retains the core of Nokia 6 in design it will get chamfered edges and a copper coating across the corners, digital camera and the fingerprint scanner.


The Nokia 6.1 takes a variety of its design ingredient from its predecessor. It’s an all-metal effectively constructed smartphone but the the general footprint of the smartphone is shorter in comparison with the unique Nokia 6.

The cellphone is comfy to carry and can be utilized with one hand. The entrance of the smartphone is dominated by a 5.5-inch 16:9 full HD show. Above the show, there’s an earpiece adopted by an 8MP entrance digital camera and Nokia emblem.

The again of the cellphone has a 16MP digital camera with Zeiss badging and a twin tone LED flash. Under the digital camera, there’s a fingerprint scanner together with the Nokia and Android one emblem.

The left facet of the cellphone has a hybrid SIM slot, the fitting facet has the quantity buttons and the facility button, which work simply completely superb. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the high and a Kind-C USB port, Audio system and microphone on the backside. Total, the Nokia 6.1’s design doesn’t actually take off however one can’t have too many complaints with it both.


At a time, when everybody and their cat goes for 18:9 facet show ratio, it does come as a shock to see HMD International not following swimsuit with Nokia 6.1. Having stated that, the show of Nokia does a fairly good job. The show is vibrant sufficient to be seen in a vibrant daylight and the colors and saturation of the show are respectable contemplating the value of the cellphone and we don’t have any complaints relating to that.


Final yr’s Nokia 6 with Snapdragon 430 SoC felt a little bit underpowered to us and it’s a excellent news that Nokia chooses to equip a a lot succesful Snapdragon 630 SoC with a clock velocity of two.2 GHz time which gave a 60% of the efficiency increase over its predecessor. The UI felt snappy and there was no lag or jitter within the general efficiency, the apps opened shortly and multitasking was quick as effectively, because of the 4GB of RAM that powers the smartphone. As everyone knows it is not a flagship cellphone the video games took a little bit longer to open and for heavy video games akin to PUBG, we needed to tone down the graphics to make the video games playable. Nonetheless, we contemplate Nokia 6.1 as a robust performer. The decision high quality of the cellphone is admittedly good and we didn’t discover any challenge with the cellphone, the callers sound was sufficiently loud, clear and crisp in addition to nobody criticism on the opposite finish of the road.

Right here is a few benchmark to showcase a comparability between its rivals.


The Nokia 6.1 encompasses a 16MP f2.0 rear digital camera which is similar module from the final yr however now it makes use of a Zeiss optics and an 8MP f2.0 entrance digital camera sensor. Nokia has packed a bunch of fascinating function within the digital camera akin to bothie, handbook mode, HDR, 4K video recording, bokeh impact from the entrance digital camera and panorama mode. The UI of the digital camera is straightforward and simple to make use of. Opening and clicking the image from the digital camera app is kind of speedy and there’s no shutter lag whereas taking photos.

Nevertheless, there’s a utterly completely different story in relation to the image high quality. The rear digital camera takes surprisingly good pictures in well-lit situations and the HDR options additionally did an important job in managing the shadows with out making it look unnatural. Regardless of being f/2.0 aperture the digital camera struggles loads in capturing good particulars and hues leading to softer trying grainy pictures, even after cranking up the total ISO the digital camera didn’t carry out effectively and the photographs had been hardly usable.

Whereas taking selfies we seen that within the well-lit situation the photographs turned out to be a little bit burnt missing within the dynamic vary of the sensor. Nevertheless, the sharpness and particulars had been good. In low mild situation, the digital camera once more tends to provide sub-par picture high quality with plenty of grains within the picture. Nokia has additionally applied a non-AI based mostly bokeh mode in it which does a fairly good job in detecting the perimeters across the face.

In our opinion at this worth level, there are numerous different smartphones which provide a lot better picture high quality from each entrance and the rear digital camera and Nokia 6.1 will discover it laborious to maintain up with the competitors.

The video high quality of the cellphone is kind of good and it will probably shoot 4K video at 30fps, an enormous soar within the decision from the final years 1080p recording. However because of the lack of Optical and Digital Stabilization, the digital camera footage appears to be like very shaky.

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The smartphone is backed by a 3000mAh battery which does its job moderately effectively. If the cellphone lasts for a full day in average to heavy usages then it’s protected to classify the battery efficiency as acceptable. The cellphone additionally helps quick charging and ships with a quick charger out of the field which permits you cost the system from 0 to 100% in 90 minutes.


Total, Nokia 6.1 gives important enhancements over its predecessor when it comes to efficiency, improved digital camera capabilities, quick charging assist and Android One makes the issues even higher with it assured software program updates.
Nevertheless, HMD International might need missed a trick or two the Nokia 6.1 as there are some things which ought to have made this cellphone even higher. To start with, the show high quality may have been higher as may have been the digital camera efficiency.
The 3GB variant of Nokia 6.1 was launched for Rs 16,999 and 4GB variant was priced at Rs 18,999. The 3GB Variant has acquired a big worth minimize and retailing at Rs. 16,180 on Amazon whereas the value of 4GB variant stays the identical.
At this worth level, the competitors is fierce as a result of you may get the Redmi Word 5 Professional with 6GB RAM which is priced at Rs.16,999 and there’s a 4GB variant which is priced at Rs 14,999. To not neglect there are different options like Asus Zenfone Max Professional M1 which is even cheaper than the Redmi Word 5 Professional. Nokia 6.1 is a particular improve however simply on Nokia 6 as when in comparison with competitors, it’s laborious to seek out an space the place it stands out.


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