The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 5.8-inch, 19:9 FullHD+ IPS display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. The display scores some brownie points with its pixel density, which is quite high, as well as the good viewing angles, typical of an IPS LCD. The notched design also gives a feeling of edge-to-edge design, which is appealing.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a 3060mAh battery,and the phone also doesn’t have an especially large display nor a particularly powerful chipset to power, so things don’t get as bad as you might think. With moderate use, it is possible to get through a day on a single charge, with only the heaviest of use cases resulting in you reaching for the charger before the day is over.
Fortunately, the phone also features Quick Charge, which helps in charging the phone from flat to a full charge in about two hours. Unfortunately, the phone does not ship with a Quick Charge compatible charger, and you would have to buy your own.
In the battery settings, Nokia has implemented a background activity manager feature, which is off by default but can be enabled to more strictly restrict the background activity of apps. This can be done individually or for all apps at once.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a remarkably compact design for a smartphone in 2018. Now, it isn’t a small phone by any means, and it’s reasonably compact and fits much better in hand than most phones out there today.One of the good things about the design, however, is just how much of it is dedicated to the display. Thanks to the notch, the display goes all the way to the top edge, and the notch itself is relatively small.
Undeniable is that the phone is still a good package overall. One of the highlights is the design, which is refreshingly compact (relatively speaking), making it a good option to those averse to big phones that seem to be taking over the market. Secondly, the camera is one of the best we have seen in this segment and takes some good-looking shots and even good-looking videos. And the Android One experience is there for those who seek it.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 platform, a reasonably powerful chipset that is popular in this price category. The 636 includes an octa-core CPU, with a combination of quad Kryo 260 Gold cores based on Cortex-A73 and quad Kryo 260 Silver cores, based on Cortex-A53. There’s also the Adreno 509 GPU, good for FHD+ resolutions.
The phone also comes with 4GB of LPDDR4X memory and 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, which can be expanded up to 400GB with microSD.
In benchmarks, the phone performed on par with previous Snapdragon 636 devices, which is to say, it performed reasonably well.
The 636 is powerful enough to run everyday applications with ease. The phone can launch them quickly enough and the 4GB RAM is also sufficient for multitasking. The performance, in general, is satisfactory. However, there is the occasional hitching while scrolling in some apps. It’s nothing uncharacteristic of devices in this class, however, and the overall performance in apps is exactly what we’d expect it to be.
In games, the performance again was as expected. Expectedly underwhelming, that is. This is not the class of devices you buy if absolute image quality and frame rates are what you’re after. You can, of course, install and run something like PUBG or Asphalt 9 but only at the lowest setting. But if image quality isn’t your concern and you just want a playable experience, then that’s perfectly possible on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.