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Nokia 6.1 – Good value for money, but it’s not the top

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If you were looking for a Nokia 6.1 review, you found it: it is the result of the sporadic use that took place over a few weeks, right after trying the elder brother Nokia 7 Plus, with which it shares color and finishes.


I have never hidden the enthusiasm for the previous model of Nokia 6, the first smartphone launched by HMD after returning to the market, almost incomprehensible. Not surprisingly, at first, it was destined for Eastern markets, because for overall quality and attention to detail, as well as for the performance, left a little ‘to be desired.

With the new generation of products there is a decided change of gear, a reversal of a clear trend, which is also realized with the new Nokia 6.1, which transfers as soon as you take on a feeling of value, given by the weight of 172 grams and with copper-colored finishes that are particularly pleasant.

Metal chassis with 2.5D curved screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 3.


The new Nokia 6.1 is one of the few that arrive today on the market without an 18: 9 display, in fact presents a more traditional 16: 9, with a full HD definition, which occupies about 73% of the total area of the device.

It’s an IPS LCD with a 5.5-inch diagonal, a density of 403 pixels per inch and a surface of 82.6 cm2

Only flaw that I find in this display is the brightness, which is quite small, when you are in direct sunlight, readability suffers a bit ‘.

The colors are discreet, but you do not have a tone adjustment, which you find on some competing products, instead there is a blue light protection.


We have said great things about the photo sensor of the Nokia 7 Plus, in the case of the new Nokia 6.1 we can not have the same enthusiasm. There is a single 16 mpx rear sensor, with F / 2.0 aperture and 1 μn pixel size, the result of the shots is unobtrusive when there is a lot of light, while the noise increases exponentially with little light or when c ‘is an obvious contrast.

It is able to shoot videos in 4K at 30 frames per second, while it is important to remember that also in this model the optics are made together with Zeiss.

The 8 mpx front camera, with the same F / 2.0 aperture, is worth the same evaluation made for the main one. Ok with so much light, so so when the brightness is low.


The software on board Nokia 6.1 is so pure that even more can not be: there are no applications, features, options in addition to those provided by Google in the Android operating system. It’s so clean that it’s a pleasure to watch it (and use it). I remind you that the Nokia 6.1 mounts Android One, the “leaner” version of the software, which should therefore be updated regularly and with speed.


If you are looking for a practical phone with no frills, this is the product for you. But always remember that we are talking about a product with super-low cost and this translates into the fact that the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, so with some limit in performance.

The opening of the app is quite fast, with some slowing down when you open the heaviest, with the games still behaves well and shows no sign of failure even when you use the most demanding. The graphics processor is a Adreno 508, while the allocation of the ram is 3 or 4 GB depending on the model that can be 32 or 64 GB.

On the back there is the fingerprint sensor, which completes the hardware. It is not very fast, but still behaves well.


With 3,000 mAh available, a day of work will be completed effortlessly and in case you are the ones who could even consume 6,000, there is always the quick charge available, which supports up to 18W, to charge 50% of the autonomy in 30 minutes.

The charging connector is USB Type-C, an evolution compared to the previous model that had a microUSB.


If this smartphone satisfies you and thinks it will be right for you, just click here! You will find the 32 GB version for the price of 232 euros.

The new Nokia 6.1 is a complete product, with a good equipment, but at a virtually identical price there are really many alternatives but with a better endowment. It’s a very crowded segment of interesting products, it will not be easy to choose.

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