Remember those tough Nokia phones of the early 2000s? The legendary 1100 and 3310? Nokia is trying to bring back its glory days, and although a glass screen means you won’t have the luxury of dropping your smartphone while suffering minimal damage like with a 3310, it’s compensating by offering you the Nokia 6.1, a mid-range device with premium features alongside lots of RAM and a powerful processor.
Nokia light-heartedly showed up in 2017 with a cool but not extra ordinary Nokia 6, however, HMD Global is stepping up its 2018 game by following it up with a spec-boosted Nokia 6.1.
Now sporting a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, the computing power of the Nokia 6.1 is effectively double that of what the Nokia 6 offered in 2017. This ensures that the phone blazes through most day-to-day tasks, and it even handled demanding workloads with ease. Although 3GB of RAM looks inadequate by 2018 standards, the processing speed and 1080p resolution of the screen still means the Nokia 6.1 can take what you throw at it without much of a struggle.
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Powered by Android 8.1 Oreo and backed by the Android One program, you have the guarantee of timely system updates and regular security updates too, all to be handled by Google. This also means that although not quite fast as a Google Pixel, the Nokia 6.1 feels closer to a Google Pixel stylistically in regards to system-wide touches like animations and fonts are what can be found on the Google Pixel series.
This makes the Nokia 6.1 feel more elegant and refined out of the box than the regular entry-level or mid-range phones, which often times either feature a very heavy skin on top of an older version of Android, or a very basic-looking and basic-featured newer version of Android.
HMD Global has kept the overall design language of the Nokia 6, but has trimmed down the bottom bezel by almost 6mm by removing the physical home button. With smaller bezels than before and the same size 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display on the front, the phone also measures in almost 6mm shorter than last year’s device, making it that much more comfortable to hold.
It’s still a 16:9 aspect ratio display however, so it feels a slight bit on the wide side at first, but the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner helps make the phone more ergonomic so you’ll no longer have to reach down with your thumb to tap in.
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