Nokia 6 (2018)

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The Nokia 6 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 34 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

Combining their simplified design aesthetic with a solid spec sheet, the Nokia 6.1 is a solid option for anyone looking for a mid-tier phone with a more refined user experience. Just mind the battery life.

What's good

  • Large, bright display
  • Plenty of storage
  • MicroSD or Dual SIM support
  • Android One certified
  • Sturdy, attractive design
  • Fast charging

What's bad

  • Inconsistent camera software
  • Screen glare
  • Weak battery

Nokia built a reputation around solid, classy designs with a minimalist experience. When the smartphone revolution came, Nokia didn’t fare well. With the release of the Nokia 6 (2018) -- also known as the Nokia 6.1 -- they’re out to prove they still have what it takes to take on the mid-tier market.

With an all-metal aluminum chassis and squarish edges, the phone bucks the typical trends of glossy glass and sleek curves. It’s also heavier than much of the competition. But reviewers found the heft reassuring and didn’t have trouble with the edges digging into palms. However, the diamond cut edges are a bit more prone to scratches and dings than reviewers would have liked to see.

Around front, you’re greeted with a similarly minimalist design. The 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel includes a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection and glare resistance. There are no buttons on the front -- so you’ll be using software buttons to navigate. Since the phone uses the older 16:9 aspect ratio, there’s also decent bezels at the top and bottom of the display.

In terms of screen quality, its good but not great. The color is on the cool side and contrast drops when viewing it at extreme angles. Otherwise, it’s plenty bright and detailed.

Powering the phone, you’ll find an octa-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 603 processor with 3GB of RAM. This is more than enough for playing the occasional game or bouncing between apps -- but don’t expect it to take on any flagships in terms of performance. In daily use, it’s enough to get the job done without being frustrating.

The phone includes a generous 32GB of internal storage for your apps, games, and media. If you’d like to upgrade storage, support for microSD cards makes it easy. But that requires using the second SIM card slot. So you’ll either have more space or an added line, but not both.

The phone ships with Android 8.1 Oreo. As an Android One phone, you’ll enjoy fast updates and no bloatware. Overall, the software appears solid with no mentions of slowdown, crashes, or weird behaviors. The promise of updates for two years is also reassuring if you’re not the type to upgrade phones often.

The simplified trend continues with the Nokia 6.1’s cameras. You’ll find a single-lens 16MP rear camera with an 8MP front-facing lens. Reviews for the cameras are respectable for its price. However, some reviewers had software issues with lag and focus. Fortunately, this is something Nokia can address with updates. The cameras are not ideal for low-light use and struggle in high-contrast environments -- but overall, there’s far worse available for a similar price.

Battery life was the only area where reviewers consistently noticed issues. While the 3000mAh battery with USB Type-C fast charging is good for a 50% charge in roughly 30 minutes, you’ll want keep your charger handy. Most found that the battery didn’t quite make it through the day with regular use of social media, light gaming, and the occasional selfie session. 

Overall, reviews are positive. Pocket-Lint summed up opinions well saying, “... You're getting a lot of phone for your money. It's not just the generous hardware that makes a difference here, with Full HD screen and mid-range Snapdragon platform, but when you put this Nokia phone down on the table, it's a solid, good-looking device that shows the brand has found its form once more.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Wirecutter

This model offers a bright, vibrant, 5.5-inch 1080p display, along with a good camera, a gorgeous aluminum body, and software updates for two years from release. But it won’t work on CDMA carriers like Verizon.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
Ars Technica

The Nokia 6.1 is beautifully built to a price—it's just that this price point means you miss out on the latest-and-greatest SoC, a modern slim bezel design, a top-tier camera, and a better display panel. Personally, I want something more high-end than the Nokia 6.1. But the people who casually ask f...

- Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica
Android Police

The Nokia 6.1 gets a lot of things right. Not only are its specifications top-notch for the price point, but it's also an Android One device, which really helps to mitigate the update anxiety present in most budget phones (even Motorola's, sadly). It's well-built and gorgeous, too, sporting a very a...

- Jordan Palmer, Android Police
TechPP

The Nokia 6.1 is a worthy upgrade to its predecessor, the Nokia 6, which was just plain bad. While it’s built like a tank with a solid battery and general performance, the cameras are where the Nokia 6.1 lags behind the competition.

- Sumukh Rao, TechPP
NDTV

The 4GB RAM variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) is hard to recommend. The performance gains are incremental at best and are hard to notice in day-to-day use. Apart from the bump in internal storage, there is no compelling reason to spend more on the higher-end variant of the Nokia 6 (2018).

- Shobhit Varma, NDTV


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Common Questions


Nokia released the 6 (2018) on April 11, 2018.


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Nokia backs up the 6 (2018) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Nokia 6 (2018)'s screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 1084 minutes, 658 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

6 (2018) Specs

Overview
Release date April 11, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
0/850/900/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.94 W/kg
Body: 0.77 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 605 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 658 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1084 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.88 x 7.58 x 0.86 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 172 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia 6.1

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Critic Reviews


The Wirecutter

Great hardware, fast updates

from The Wirecutter

This model offers a bright, vibrant, 5.5-inch 1080p display, along with a good camera, a gorgeous aluminum body, and software updates for two years from release. But it won’t work on CDMA carriers like Verizon.

Read full review

This model offers a bright, vibrant, 5.5-inch 1080p display, along with a good camera, a gorgeous aluminum body, and software updates for two years from release. But it won’t work on CDMA carriers like Verizon.

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Ars Technica

Does nearly everything right with this $269 wonder phone

from Ars Technica

The Nokia 6.1 is beautifully built to a price—it's just that this price point means you miss out on the latest-and-greatest SoC, a modern slim bezel design, a top-tier camera, and a better display panel. Personally, I want something more high-end than the Nokia 6.1. But the people who casually...More

The Nokia 6.1 is beautifully built to a price—it's just that this price point means you miss out on the latest-and-greatest SoC, a modern slim bezel design, a top-tier camera, and a better display panel. Personally, I want something more high-end than the Nokia 6.1. But the people who casually ask for a phone recommendation probably aren't as big of a smartphone snob as I am.

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Android Police

The best budget phone of the year is not without its flaws

from Android Police

The Nokia 6.1 gets a lot of things right. Not only are its specifications top-notch for the price point, but it's also an Android One device, which really helps to mitigate the update anxiety present in most budget phones (even Motorola's, sadly). It's well-built and gorgeous, too, sporting a ver...More

The Nokia 6.1 gets a lot of things right. Not only are its specifications top-notch for the price point, but it's also an Android One device, which really helps to mitigate the update anxiety present in most budget phones (even Motorola's, sadly). It's well-built and gorgeous, too, sporting a very attractive industrial design with just the right amount of flair to make it unique.

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TechPP

Beyond the superior build

from TechPP

The Nokia 6.1 is a worthy upgrade to its predecessor, the Nokia 6, which was just plain bad. While it’s built like a tank with a solid battery and general performance, the cameras are where the Nokia 6.1 lags behind the competition.

Read full review

The Nokia 6.1 is a worthy upgrade to its predecessor, the Nokia 6, which was just plain bad. While it’s built like a tank with a solid battery and general performance, the cameras are where the Nokia 6.1 lags behind the competition.

Read full review

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NDTV

Great performance, stellar build quality

from NDTV

The 4GB RAM variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) is hard to recommend. The performance gains are incremental at best and are hard to notice in day-to-day use. Apart from the bump in internal storage, there is no compelling reason to spend more on the higher-end variant of the Nokia 6 (2018).

Read full review

The 4GB RAM variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) is hard to recommend. The performance gains are incremental at best and are hard to notice in day-to-day use. Apart from the bump in internal storage, there is no compelling reason to spend more on the higher-end variant of the Nokia 6 (2018).

Read full review

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Android Central

Delivering value in simplicity

from Android Central

The Nokia 6.1 retains the same build quality as its predecessor, while offering an upgraded chipset with much better performance, fast charging, and USB-C connectivity.

Read full review

The Nokia 6.1 retains the same build quality as its predecessor, while offering an upgraded chipset with much better performance, fast charging, and USB-C connectivity.

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The Inquirer

A pretty handsome and well-built device

from The Inquirer

The Nokia 6 might not be the creme de la creme, but offers a decent upgrade compared to its predecessor and is a decent effort compared to other smartphones in the same price bracket.

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The Nokia 6 might not be the creme de la creme, but offers a decent upgrade compared to its predecessor and is a decent effort compared to other smartphones in the same price bracket.

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Gadgets Now

Misses a trick or two

Overall, Nokia 6.1 offers significant improvements over its predecessor in terms of performance, improved camera capabilities, fast charging support and Android One makes the things even better with it guaranteed software updates.

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Overall, Nokia 6.1 offers significant improvements over its predecessor in terms of performance, improved camera capabilities, fast charging support and Android One makes the things even better with it guaranteed software updates.

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Tom's Guide

One of the best values of the year

from Tom's Guide

Nokia didn't try to do too much with the 6.1, but that makes for a better end product. The company took a sturdy, if modest, design, and bolstered it with an excellent display, class-leading specs and a peerless software experience. The result feels like a premium device, even if the Nokia 6.1 doesn't command premium prices.

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Nokia didn't try to do too much with the 6.1, but that makes for a better end product. The company took a sturdy, if modest, design, and bolstered it with an excellent display, class-leading specs and a peerless software experience. The result feels like a premium device, even if the Nokia 6.1 doesn't command premium prices.

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BGR

A huge upgrade over its predecessor

from BGR

The Nokia 6.1 is placed in a highly competitive segment. Unlike last year’s Nokia 6 though, the new smartphone feels a tad overpriced. While its highlights include a good design, solid build quality, stock Android OS, and the promise of timely software updates, there is little else that really stands out.

Read full review

The Nokia 6.1 is placed in a highly competitive segment. Unlike last year’s Nokia 6 though, the new smartphone feels a tad overpriced. While its highlights include a good design, solid build quality, stock Android OS, and the promise of timely software updates, there is little else that really stands out.

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