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Nokia 6.1 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

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Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched just a week ago along with the Nokia 5.1 Plus and are both available for pre-order until the 26th.
Nokia 6.1 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions
Nokia 6.1 Plus

It's a notched smartphone with very little chin and size bezels. For PHP 15,990, you can get a device sandwiched metal and glass construction and a 5.8-inch FHD+ 19:9 screen with nearly bezel-less display!

But how worth is it of its price?

Here's the first part of our review of the Nokia 6.1 Plus!

Nokia 6.1 Plus Specs

Display: 5.8-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass protected IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2280 x 1080 resolution at 435 ppi
CPU: 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 509
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 400GB
Back Camera: 16MP f/2.0 RGB sensor + 5MP f/2.2 monochrome sensor w/ PDAF, EIS, and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.0
Battery: 3,060mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Connectivity: WiFi, dual 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, dual mic Colors: gloss black, gloss white, gloss midnight blue
Dimensions: 147.2 x 71 x 7.99 mm
Weight: 151 g
Price: PHP 15,990


Unboxing/Accessories

Inside the box
Inside the box

Inside the box, you can find the smartphone, 5V/3A, 9V/2A or 12V/1.5A USB wall charger, USB Type-A to USB Type-C data/charging cable, SIM ejector tool, earphones, and documentation.

The smartphone is very elusive to hold. You must be very careful on taking it off the plastic covered around it.

Build Quality/Design

Metal and glass construction
Metal and glass construction

We are amazed with the Nokia 6.1 Plus' sandwiched metal and glass construction. It looks very shiny and premium for its price. It's design can compete with other high-end smartphones we have in the market that are made out of plastic. However, it does not feel comfortable to hold because it always feels like it's going to slip out of our hands. 

We also like that its display is protected with a layer of an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass.
3.5 mm headphone jack port on top and antenna line
3.5 mm headphone jack port on top and antenna line
USB Type-C and grille speakers at the bottom
USB Type-C and grille speakers at the bottom
SIM and microSD card tray on the left
SIM and microSD card tray on the left
Volume rocker and power button at the right
Volume rocker and power button at the right

Although it has a huge screen, the size of the phone itself is not that big. It measures 147.2 x 71 x 7.99 mm which means it's a bit thick compared with other smartphones at its price point. As we've mentioned earlier, it has nearly bezel-less screen with a not that big notch.  However, there is no option wherein we can hide the notch. 

The dual rear cameras does not protrude that much so you don't have to worry about it getting scratches.  


Nearly bezel-less screen and small notch!

The Nokia 6.1 Plus houses the 3.5 mm headphone jack and an antenna line on top while at on the bottom is where the USB Type-C and grille speakers lie.

On the right side is the volume rocker and power button while on the left is the SIM card tray.

As we've mentioned earlier, only gripe is that the Nokia 6.1 Plus feels slippery to hold. We are not sure if it has an available protective case in the market but it could've been better if Nokia has bundled it for protection and better ergonomics. 


Initial Findings

Nokia 6.1 Plus AnTuTu Benchmark Score
Nokia 6.1 Plus AnTuTu Benchmark Score

1. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of the smartphones at its price that looks very much premium and eye-catching. Its sandwiched metal and glass construction made it look attractive.  The screen looks nice in the eyes, it has crisp display and has a good sunlight legibility. 

2. It is running on 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor and Adreno 509 GPU. It is coupled with 4GB LPDDR4X and 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD card slot up to 400GB. For the battery, it is packed with 3,060mAh plus Quick Charge 3.0.

3. Nokia 6.1 Plus runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is a smartphone under the Android One program. So far, it does not give us lags and the icons are up to date.

4. It features a dual rear camera setup of 16MP f/2.0 RGB sensor + 5MP f/2.2 monochrome sensor w/ PDAF, EIS, and LED flash. It has 16MP f/2.0 for the front camera. Watch out for our camera samples soon! 

5. This smartphone has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and is also on a USB Type-C.

Related: Nokia 6.1 Plus: First Camera Samples

As of the moment

We're liking the Nokia 6.1 Plus so far apart from the Nokia 6.1. It looks premium, speedy, has nice cameras, and features.

We're still going to put this device on a series of tests so stay tuned!
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