One of Nokia‘s vast offered points when they relaunched into a universe of Android smartphones underneath HMD Global, was that their phones would be built to last. That — alongside a guarantee of batch Android and quick updates — was one of a many alluring things about Nokia’s stand of handsets, so alluring that we would even have paid a tiny additional for them. Just reason a Nokia 7 Plus and you’ll get what I’m articulate about.
And that is precisely since we was a tiny unhappy when we picked adult a code new Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus. They felt very…underwhelming.
I was unequivocally vehement for a Nokia 6.1 Plus. When we saw it primarily launch as a Nokia X6 in China, it was a fascinating phone since of how good it built adult opposite Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 that was king of a hill during that time.
Just demeanour during a specs. The 6.1 Plus facilities a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor that’s corresponding to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inner storage. This device also comes with a frail 5.8″ Full HD+ shade (which looks great) yet with a taller 19:9 aspect ratio so a device feels even smaller in your hand. The trade-off on a shade is that it has a nick during a top, yet we don’t quite mind notches.
Really, a usually partial that’s exceedingly lacking is a device’s comparatively tiny 3,060 mAh battery that pales in comparison to a Redmi Note 5’s 4,000 mAh cell. But, this man fast-charges around USB Type-C that is unequivocally a higher pier to a Redmi Note 5’s micro USB.
It also facilities a important 16MP + 5MP dual-camera during a behind with electronic picture stabilisation and a 16MP selfie camera adult front. It’s also able of doing Bothies that is always a good quirk. That said, we will note that a Nokia 6.1 Plus doesn’t underline a Lumia-styled camera app that a association reintroduced. Instead, it has a totally opposite camera app that looks and works nowhere nearby as elegantly.
Regardless, if we integrate all of those specs with Nokia’s repute for glorious build peculiarity and batch Android, and you’ve got a unequivocally appealing package on your hands. In fact, when it launched in China — after India as a 6.1 Plus — it also had an glorious cost tab that could positively contest with a Redmi Note 5.
But afterwards we got to see it in Malaysia and we was unequivocally underwhelmed.
The impulse we picked a Nokia 6.1 Plus up, we was already taken aback. The potion and steel sandwich felt zero like any other complicated Nokia Android flagship. Not industrial, not robust. In fact, it felt rather inexpensive and frail — not a multiple we want.
Yes, it’s not a initial complicated Android Nokia to feel fragile. The Nokia 8 Sirocco was also a potion and steel sandwich, yet a disproportion is that a Sirocco felt substantial. It had a heft to it and a grade of pointing in a approach a materials were fused together that we don’t see here with a 6.1 Plus.
The Sirocco is a distant some-more costly phone, yes, yet that’s precisely since we don’t consider they indispensable to go for this kind of physique on a Nokia 6.1 Plus if they wanted their phones to feel like they were built to last. And we would also like to supplement that Nokia can make a potion and steel smartphone feel estimable during a reasonable cost indicate — usually demeanour during a Nokia 6 Arte.
But y’know, if a build was my usually dispute with this handset, we would still be OK with that. Unfortunately, a biggest crime here is this smartphone’s sell cost tab of RM1,149.
When a Nokia X6 launched in China some 4 months ago, this sold spec various was labelled during usually over RM900 (CNY1,449). When it launched in India final month as a Nokia 6.1 Plus it was labelled during usually underneath RM940 (INR15,999) during a time. So since is this phone over RM200 some-more costly in Malaysia?
Right now if we built a Nokia 6.1 Plus — a handset that could simply trade blows with a Redmi Note 5 4 months ago — with a Redmi Note 5, it gets blown out of a water. Xiaomi’s mid-ranger now has an RRP of RM869 (but we can get it for even lower). That’s a cost disproportion of roughly RM300.
It usually doesn’t make sense.
Fine, maybe we don’t like a Redmi Note 5’s MIUI, and we hatred it that most that you’re peaceful to compensate approach some-more for batch Android. Well, for RM999, we can get a code new bottom indication Android One Xiaomi Mi A2, that has roughly a same battery capacity, same memory configuration, vast screen, reward build, yet trades a mid-tier Snapdragon 636 processor in a 6.1 Plus for an top mid-range Snapdragon 660 instead. For RM50 more, than a 6.1 Plus we can get a RM1,199 top-spec Mi A2 with 6GB of RAM and double a inner storage (128GB).
Or, if we can means to flare out an additional RM150, we can get a RM1,299 POCOPHONE F1 that comes with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and flagship-class Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor. Oh, and did we discuss a POCOPHONE F1 comes with a 4,000 mAh battery too?
You could make a evidence that a Nokia 6.1 Plus is improved built, yet while we would determine with we on that contra a POCOPHONE, we don’t consider a Mi A2 feels any reduction premium.
I am befuddled. Confused, yet misfortune of all, frustrated. we don’t mind that Nokia took their honeyed time to launch it outward of China, yet since did it finish adult being over RM200 some-more when it reached Malaysia?
I honestly don’t see any reason you’d collect it over a foe right now. But we will reason of final settlement until after a full review. If we do wish to get your hands on this phone though, a handset is already on sale during certified Nokia retailers and a initial 2,500 business will accept an movement camera, gradual potion shade guardian and silicone box value RM300 for free.
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