Fast Verdict

The Nokia 6.1 is a really moderately priced smartphone that’s able to producing good photographs and glorious video in most conditions. Sure, it does battle a bit in low mild and when scenes have a large dynamic vary, outcomes may be disappointing however total, it did a good sufficient job. Plus, when you think about how moderately priced it’s, you possibly can nearly let slip its low mild efficiency points as in all different conditions, it is a actually nice smartphone digital camera. 

In case you’re searching for a smart-looking smartphone that may take good images, has 4K video in-built and captures superior selfies then the Nokia 6.1 would possibly simply be for you. It is a budget-friendly smartphone that stunned us and we reckon you will not be upset with the way it performs both.  

+ Professionals

  • Beautiful design
  • Good display
  • Professional mode
  • First rate digital camera
  • Good worth

– Cons

  • Not a twin lens digital camera
  • The battery may very well be higher
  • The digital camera app is a little bit clunky and fundamental (in locations)
  • Lack of Optical Picture Stabilisation
  • Not waterproof

 

 

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House is a little bit tight within the funds smartphone bracket with varied Android smartphone designers introducing units with glorious specs and respectable cameras for an affordable worth. Nokia is one such model who’re having a resurgence within the Android smartphone market with a number of telephones arriving within the funds in addition to premium sections of this ever-growing sector. 

We have already reviewed the Nokia 7 Plus, which sits in the next worth band of smartphones, so we thought it was time to have a look at considered one of Nokia’s newest funds choices – the Nokia 6.1.  

With an aluminium physique and matt design, the Nokia 6.1 already has a premium really feel and that is earlier than you realise it has ZEISS optics in-built (Nokia and ZEISS have truly been buddies for years), a good dimension display and digital camera specs which are fairly respectable for a smartphone that may solely set you again simply over £200. 

So, for these on a funds who nonetheless desire a smartphone with respectable digital camera specs, the Nokia 6.1 is lining as much as be a good selection however is its real-life efficiency nearly as good because it seems on paper? Let’s put it to the take a look at and see. 

 

Nokia 6.1 Options

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The Nokia 6.1 has a 16mp, f/2.0, 27mm rear lens and on the entrance, the digital camera has barely fewer megapixels at eight however the aperture is similar. Video may be captured with each cameras at 1080p/30fps, in addition to in 4K with the rear digital camera, and you’ll shoot panoramas, use an HDR mode, Professional mode and a magnificence function that may ‘repair’ photographs. A slightly uncommon ‘bothie’ mode can be in-built so you possibly can take a picture with the entrance and rear cameras on the similar time. 

There is no optical picture stabilisation which, mixed with the f/2.Zero aperture, might imply the Nokia 6.1 produces shaky photographs when working in low mild and as there’s just one rear lens, you do not get entry to a dwell bokeh mode as you do with the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia eight Sirocco.

In case you use Google Images, you will get entry to limitless picture storage and cloud back-up which ought to preserve your 32/64GB of storage fairly free however you need to use a MicroSD reminiscence card must you run out of room.  

The Nokia 6.1 is powered by a Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 cell platform in addition to 3/4GB of RAM relying on what reminiscence dimension you go for and a 3000mAh battery is constructed through which ought to provide you with sufficient energy to maintain the photographs coming. After you have captured your photographs, you possibly can view them on the 5.5-inch display (1080×1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio). It additionally runs Android One for that ‘pure Android expertise’ so that you get common safety updates and fewer apps put in on the gadget once you first open it up. 

As you’d anticipate from a wise gadget, the cellphone has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity nevertheless it’s not waterproof. It does, nevertheless, have a headphone jack – one thing iPhones at the moment are too cool for and sound flows via a single speaker discovered bottom-left. 

 

Key Options:

  • Rear Digital camera: 16mp, f/2.0, 27mm Zeiss lens
  • Entrance Digital camera: 8mp, f/2.0
  • Display: 5.5-inch, 1080×1920, 16:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth
  • Flash: Twin LED, dual-tone flash
  • Video: 1080p/30fps (each cameras), 4K (rear digital camera)
  • Professional mode 
  • ISO 100-3200 (selectable in Professional mode)
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB Storage

 

Nokia 6.1 Dealing with

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Nokia describes the Nokia 6.1 a ‘a cellphone you possibly can depend on’ and the best way it feels actually makes you imagine this. It feels robust, sturdy and nearly makes us really feel prefer it would not want a case to guard it (we would at all times advocate shopping for a case for any smartphone you employ, although). Another smartphones really feel delicate due to the glass building however the Nokia 6.1 feels reassuringly well-built. It is truly constructed from Aluminium however the matt black again stops it from feeling slippery and it would not mark as simply with fingerprints which is great. 

Gorilla Glass Three is constructed into the all-metal physique and on take a look at, we’ve got the Black/Copper model which is eye-catching and stands out from different smartphones out there at this worth level which have a tendency to only be one color, usually black. The copper detailing, rounded corners and matt end all add as much as a very good wanting cellphone that appears far more costly than it truly is – properly executed Nokia. In addition to the model we’ve got on take a look at, you can too purchase a blue/gold or white/iron model. 

A few design options that counsel it isn’t a premium smartphone are the pretty large bezels, backside chin and thick sides however do not let this put you off as it is a pretty wanting piece of package, notably on the worth bracket it sits in. 

The 5.5-inch display is not the most important however you possibly can’t describe it as small and, typically, we had no issues with viewing angles or brightness ranges (although the display does look very shiny/shiny). After all, exterior in brilliant daylight is a smartphone’s nemesis however as you possibly can modify the display’s brightness and there is additionally an auto mild adjustment function built-in, you possibly can nonetheless view the cellphone’s apps simply. As for decision, as long as you do not evaluate it to the costlier iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S9 side-by-side, you will not see any issues with the 1080×1920 decision it affords. Because the display is so shiny, smudgy fingerprints do present up very simply so that you would possibly need to have a lens material useful if these sorts of marks annoy you. 

 

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Buttons appear to be a factor smartphone designers wish to preserve to a minimal and the Nokia 6.1 is not any totally different to different smartphones available on the market that simply have an influence button and quantity controls on the perimeters. There is no ‘house button’, as such, it is only a circle on the digital show you press however there’s a headphone jack on the highest proper in addition to a USB-C charging port in the course of the underside a part of the smartphone which sits subsequent to a left-mounted speaker.

On the again, there’s the Nokia brand and the ZEISS title sitting beneath the digital camera lens which tells you premium optics are in-built. Below the lens and flash is the fingerprint sensor so for those who do need to unlock your cellphone utilizing fingerprint recognition, do not set it as your thumb as that’ll simply be an excessive amount of like laborious work. Occasionally, we unintentionally tapped the flash as a substitute of the fingerprint sensor however at the least it isn’t the lens you are getting fingerprints on. 

As we have talked about the lens, let’s take a look on the digital camera specs, digital camera app and the way the smartphone handles images. 

The digital camera app, whereas performing OK, is a bit clunky and a few instruments aren’t the place you anticipate them to be. Take the selfie mode, for instance, it’s important to click on the rear/entrance digital camera swap (as you anticipate) nevertheless it’s proper on the high of the app which suggests you possibly can’t entry it with one hand so ‘fast snaps’ aren’t one thing you are able to do simply. 

Fast entry modes are proven throughout the highest (in portrait mode) and stacked to the left when holding the cellphone horizontally. The modes embrace face smoothing, self-timer, HDR, flash and an choice for switching between single, twin and P-I-P (mixed entrance/rear photographs). Subsequent to those, is a drop-down menu which is house to a panorama mode, the Professional digital camera and settings. There’s additionally a button to change from digital camera to video subsequent to the shutter button. 

Professional mode can be accessed by urgent and sliding the shutter button which curves the handbook settings into view. When utilizing Professional mode, you possibly can modify the white steadiness, set the ISO, choose a shutter pace, use handbook focus or set the publicity compensation. The Professional mode is an excellent function to see on a funds smartphone as some premium smartphones, such because the iPhone X, do not supply this. Having mentioned that, it isn’t probably the most intuitive Professional mode we have ever used and we needed to mess around with it some time to completely perceive it. 

The Nokia 6.1 would not have twin lenses so there isn’t any second lens to change to. A digital ‘pinch and zoom’ operate is in-built however we would advocate not utilizing it the place in any respect potential as, with all digital zooms, high quality is not that nice. The shutter button is not an actual button, it is simply constructed into the app which normally makes the chin smaller on smartphones however this is not the case with the 6.1. Thoughts you, it’s a funds smartphone so having a much bigger chin the place a number of the back-end expertise sits is comprehensible. 

There at the moment are ‘dwell’ digital filters however you possibly can add them after seize and because it’s an Android smartphone, you possibly can simply entry Google Images which supplies you tonnes of cupboard space. 

The cellphone is powered by a Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 cell platform in addition to 3/4GB of RAM relying on what reminiscence dimension you go for. The Qualcomm processor is one thing we’re seeing extra of on the extra moderately priced smartphones, these days, which is a constructive as beforehand, cheaper Android telephones used MediaTek processors.

Utilizing Geekbench 4.1 it scored 665/4225 (single core/multi-core) and the AnTuTu benchmark provides the Nokia 6.1 a rating of 90918.

Battery life – The Nokia 6.1 has a 3000mAh battery built-in which will not be successful any awards nevertheless it retains the smartphone powered for a day’s use. 

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