Nokia 6.1 Plus review
Dual camera, notched display & Android One
The Nokia 6.1 Plus takes on the notched screen design and this cements the modern looks of the phone. The 5.8” FHD+ display is slimmer but longer (19:9 screen aspect ratio) and has extra rows of pixels, letting you see more of the action without scrolling. The resolution works out at 432 pixels per inch and this is excellent.
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Aluminium, glass and Snapdragon processor
The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a light aluminium frame unto which the front and back glass panels are fixed. 93% of the body is made from durable, curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The glass feel comfortable in the hand and we get a body thickness of 7.99mm and an overall weight of 151g, which is nice and light.
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You get two colour choices and these are blue and white, both of which look really nice. Inside, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. This boosts performance by 40%, compared to its predecessor and its more energy efficient, which it good news for usage times.
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Phone Set Up
Security and transferring content
The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a fingerprint reader positioned on the back. This sits just below the camera lenses and it feels natural to use.
If you need to transfer content over from your old phone then there is a generous memory of 64GB. In addition to this, you can expand the memory further by inserting an up to 400GB memory card (microSD).
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Nokia has elected to give the Nokia 6.1 Plus the Android One edition of the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Android One is a pure experience where a curated number of apps are included. Without the typical bloatware, this phone runs very fast, with pre-loaded apps including:
- Chrome (internet browser)
- Gmail (email)
- Play Music (Over the speaker with smart amp or via headphones)
- Keep (notes and to-do lists)
- Google Maps
- Google Photos (with unlimited online storage)
- Google Assistant
- Android One also promises regular security updates and two years of operating system upgrades. This means that if you buy the Nokia 6.1 Plus then you are gauranteed to get Android P and Android Q.
Features that standout as part of Android Oreo include picture-picture mode, notification dots and autofill passwords.
Camera & Video
AI powered dual camera
The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 16MP + 5MP dual camera and Nokia has put AI (artificial intelligence) to work, so that you can capture pictures with greater contrast and vibrancy. There is a Live Bokeh Mode and this lets you change the focus afterwards, with blurring of the background.
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The camera app includes fun masks and filters. These include Animojis, where you can choose animal masks that work on both cameras. If your scene has both light and dark elements, then HDR can be used to take two photos to merge together, bringing out the detail of both.
The 16MP selfie camera is a step above many of its competitors and comes with a Beauty Shot slider. You can also capture bothies with split screen or picture-in-picture photo and videos.