Nokia 6.1 and 7 Plus First Take: Solid mid-market smartphone …


Nokia 6.1 (left) and Nokia 7 Plus (right)

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The latest span of Nokia handsets are a Nokia 7 Plus, that updates a Nokia 7 and costs £349 (inc. VAT), and a Nokia 6.1 — a.k.a. a ‘new Nokia 6‘ during Nokia’s website. Whatever we wish to call it, a latter handset updates final year’s Nokia 6 and costs £229 (inc. VAT).

A pivotal underline of both handsets is that they run Android One. This is formed on Android 8, with positively no third-party extras, and a pledge of during slightest twin years-worth of Android updates. Those who are endangered about future-proofing their handsets, or who simply don’t like third-party software, will approve.

Nokia 6.1


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The Nokia 6.1 sits towards a tip finish of Nokia’s handset operation in indication series terms, nonetheless it has a decidedly bill price. It’s a plain aluminium handset that doesn’t hook or crawl in a hands. The copper flourishes on my examination handset mount out easily opposite a essentially black body, and they positively locate a light.

Charging is around USB-C and there’s a 3.2mm audio jack on a tip corner of a handset — still my elite plcae for a headset connector. The caddy for a singular SIM and a MicroSD label is on a left. The fingerprint reader on a behind is substantially a smallest round reader I’ve seen, yet it worked good enough. There’s usually 32GB of inner storage, and usually a shade underneath 19GB of that is free, so a MicroSD container is approaching to come into play for many users.

The 5.5-inch IPS shade has FHD (1,920 x 1,080) fortitude and a 16:9 aspect ratio — a rather antiquated spec, yet maybe to be approaching during this cost point. Still, it achieved good enough.

The octa-core Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB of RAM valid some-more than adequate too, nonetheless a handset did run a tiny comfortable during Geekbench benchmarking, where an normal of 3 runs delivered a multi-core measure of 3897 (for comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ scores over 8600). The Nokia 6.1’s 3,000mAh battery is a tiny on a tiny side, and it’s approaching that a daily assign will be needed. Serious media consumers competence need to give a handset a mid-afternoon battery boost.

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The behind camera is a 16MP section with an f/2 Zeiss lens, and it delivered pretty good photos that are splendid and pointy adequate for pity on amicable sites, for example. It’s considerable that such a modestly labelled handset supports 4k video.

The front camera offers usually 8MP resolution, yet is able adequate for selfies. Nokia’s rather peculiar ‘bothie’ underline is built in — if you’re so inclined, we can take photos that embody both front and behind camera views. Each perspective can possibly take adult half a accessible frame, or one can be slotted in as a picture-in-picture effect. The categorical advantage here competence be with video footage rather than stills, and it’s even probable to livestream ‘bothie’ content.

Nokia 7 Plus


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At £349 a Nokia 7 Plus is a poignant step adult from a Nokia 6.1 in both cost and specifications. It offers double a storage during 64GB, nonetheless usually 50.5GB was giveaway on my examination unit, and a processor is a some-more able Snapdragon 660. Not surprisingly, a Geekbench multi-core measure was aloft during 5813.

The earthy pattern relies on a black aluminium bombard with glossy copper highlights, usually as with a Nokia 6.1. However, there’s a tiny some-more going on with a copper, that is a plain support all around a edges of a phone as good as a support for a screen, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and cameras.

On both handsets, incidentally, a black aluminium behind is soft-touch, grippy and fingerprint resistant. It’s a good fortitude and higher to potion backs, that competence demeanour snazzy yet can mostly be really slippery.

There’s a 3.5mm headset jack on a tip edge, while charging is around USB-C. The battery is incomparable than a Nokia 6.1’s — 3,800mAh contra 3,000mAh, and all-day life should be probable for many users. The battery does need to expostulate a bigger shade yet — a 6-inch IPS LCD with 2,160-by- 1,080 resolution. It’s pointy and clear, and a 18:9 aspect ratio is crash on trend.

The Nokia 7 Plus has twin behind cameras, a 12MP sensor with an f/1.4 Zeiss lens and a 13MP sensor with an f/2.6 lens, also from Zeiss. My brief knowledge with this handset suggests a categorical camera complement performs good in many situations, nonetheless it struggled a bit in low light. There’s support for time lapse, 4k and slow-motion video.

The 16MP front camera is extremely some-more able than a 8MP section on a Nokia 6.1. The aforementioned ‘bothie’ feature, permitting front and behind cameras to snap, video and tide corresponding or picture-in-picture is also supported.

Both a Nokia 6.1 and a Nokia 7 and are able handsets for their cost points, yet foe is tough in this mid-market shred — usually demeanour during a Moto G6 Plus, that during £269 is an appealing choice to both.

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