This is a review of the international version of the Nokia 6.1 (2018), not to be confused with the Nokia 6.1 US version (TA-1045) or the Nokia 6 (2017) version. The TA-1068 has 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of ram, while the TA-1045 has 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of ram.
I purchased this phone in June of 2018 and became enamored the moment I opened it up. It is a gorgeous phone with its body that is carved from a single block of black aluminum, trimmed with copper accents on the edges. The phone is thin and light but feels solid because of the aluminum unibody. The display is a glossy 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) with Gorilla Glass 3. Videos are a pleasure to watch on this screen thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Octa-core 2.2 GHz and the Adreno 508 GPU.
The battery is a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. The Non-removable part is always a negative for me, however phones with removable batteries are harder to find these days. The battery always lasted the whole day even with heavy usage. If the phone was used constantly then I could see it running down before the day was over. This is not a problem though, thanks to the very fast quick charge on this phone. It can get 50% in 30 minutes of charging.
This an Android One phone and comes with 2 years of updates. That means you get an unmodified Android operating system. Android like it was meant to be. Many phones with the Android OS have been modified from the original Android. Currently it has upgraded to Android Pie.
The camera has a Carl Zeiss lens and is a 16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm, PDAF. It takes nice photos but falls a little short of what my Lumia 950 could do. The front camera is an 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm.
Running the Geekbench benchmark on it resulted in the following scores and makes it comparable to :
|Tested Nokia 6.1||Result||Compares to||Result|
|Single Core||877||LG Nexus 5||897|
|Multi Core||4193||Moto G5 Plus||4164|
|Battery||2683||Galaxy S7 Edge||2699|
Just a heads up
This phone became my daily driver and would still be if not for an issue I had will my service provider AT&T. I changed jobs and at my new work location I did not have cell service inside the building. The phone is wifi calling ready, but AT&T could not or would not allow it on this phone, because it was not an AT&T branded phone. Evidently there is something they install on their phones that lets this work. Because of this I have since been trying out Google Fi service. I miss this phone and hope for a chance to switch back to it at some point. I will not subtract from the review because this is not an issue with the phone, but rather an issue with the service provider.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|*||Status||Available. Released 2018, April|
|BODY||Dimensions||148.8 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm (5.86 x 2.98 x 0.32 in)|
|*||Weight||172 g (6.07 oz)|
|*||Build||Front glass, aluminum body (6000 series)|
|*||SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|*||Size||5.5 inches, 82.6 cm2 (~73.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|*||Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|*||Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One|
|*||Chipset||Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 (14 nm)|
|*||CPU||Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|*||Internal||32/64 GB, 3/4 GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Single||16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 1.0µm, PDAF|
|*||Features||Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm|
|*||*||– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|*||Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|*||GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|*||Radio||FM radio with RDS|
|*||USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|BATTERY||*||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|*||Charging||Fast battery charging 18W: 50% in 30 min|
|*||Stand-by||Up to 507 h (3G)|
|*||Talk time||Up to 16 h (3G)|
|*||Music play||Up to 119 h|
While this is a mid range cell phone there are several features that set this miles above its competition.
- The design is sleek and industrial with the solid block of aluminum and copper edges. It simply feels like a work of art. However the screen is the icing on the cake for the look. When the display is off, it is like a mirror. Of course, this is an opinion based on my tastes. Some may not like the aluminum and prefer a glass back.
- Android One is a pleasure to use. There is no bloatware from the manufacturer of the phone, so you get the experience of Android the way it was designed, and it is a nice operating system. It gets updates for 2 years as well.
- The 4Gb of ram along with the 8 core processor slices through anything I have thrown at it so far. There is no lag.
- The camera may not be top of the line, but it is much better than most in the price range of this phone.
When I purchased this phone the price was $254.98. At that price it would be in the lower end of a mid-range phone. The phone is a steal at that price. If you are looking for a flagship this is not the phone for you, however it is a much nicer phone than most of the competition in the $200 to $300 range.