HMD Global unveiled the predecessor of the Nokia 6 at MWC 2018. The new Nokia 6.1 arrived in Europe in the last days. Since Wednesday, I am using the phone. In this article I will share my first impressions with you.
The new Nokia 6.1 is an Android One device and offers a stock Android experience. This means it will get both security and feature updates really quickly. In the past, HMD Global kept their promise to update their devices quickly to the latest Android version so I believe they will continue doing this in the future as well. Out of the box the Nokia 6.1 is running Android 8.0.0 but an update to Android 8.1.0 was already available when I started the device for the first time.
Compared to last year’s Nokia 6, HMD Global has changed a couple of things regarding design and specifications. Touch keys replaced the capacitive keys at the bottom. The fingerprint sensor is no longer placed on the front but can now be found on the back of the device in an elegant circle.
The new Nokia 6.1 comes with an impressive build quality along with an appealing design. I am using the Black Copper version of the Nokia 6.1. The phone is also available in Blue Gold and Silver White.
The phone is made from Series 6000 aluminum which feels really good. In general the device feels solid to hold and can be used with one hand. On the right, HMD Global has placed the two hard keys – the volume rocker and the power button.
The 5.5 inch Full HD LCD IPS display does not offer the latest 18:9 aspect ratio display but makes a good first impression. Within the last days I used the Nokia 6.1 quite often in bright sunlight and I had not problems with the display. Colors are reproduced accurately and the entire display looks vivid.
Performance was one of the biggest problems of last year’s Nokia 6. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and 3GB RAM, HMD Global has done a better job with the Nokia 6.1. Up till now I have not experienced any performance issues and I am sure the performance should be good enough for daily usage.
At the moment I cannot provide detailed information on the battery life. I need to use the device a bit longer. Nevertheless, currently I am satisfied with the battery life. At regular usage the phone should easily last a day (10-12 hours). Fast charging using the USB Type-C port makes it convenient to charge the phone quickly for additional 2 hours in a short time.
The Nokia 6.1 features a 16 megapixel back camera with Zeiss optics and a 8 MP front camera. I took a couple of pictures with the phone and I am quite satisfied with the quality. Of course the Nokia 6.1 can’t compete with current flagship devices but at price point of 279€ the camera delivers good quality images.
I will write more about the camera in the next days/weeks. The first impression is definitely positive.
The first days with the Nokia 6.1 were good days. The phone offers an impressive design and a good performance with an OS without bloatware. HMD Global has learned from last year’s Nokia 6. Especially with the USB Type-C Port and Android 8.1 out of the box, the Nokia 6.1 should definitely be worth more than a consideration. I will continue using the Nokia 6.1 in the next couple of weeks to gain more impressions on the device. These will then be shared in review here on TheWinDuck.com.