Understated design, attention to detail, a solid combo of glass and metal -- these are a few of my favourite things when it comes to Nokia phones. The new Nokia 6.1 Plus is true to the classic Nordic tradition of marrying hardnosed features to a non-flashy exterior. It's 8 mm thick and -- the thinnest -- but achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 93% with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It sports a back panel where the up-and-down dual cameras are neatly nestled above the fingerprint sensor. And with a 5.8 inch Full HD screen size, it is ideal for single-hand usage.
The 6.1 Plus takes imaging performance seriously: with a 16 MP + 5 MP back camera and a 16 MP selfie camera, dual flash and enhancements for better bokeh and low-light photography. Nokia has made sensible use of AI to provide blur-free photographs and jitter-free videos. Powered by a 3060 mAh fast-charge battery, the device proclaims its Android One lineage with every switch on; this means stock Android, automatic monthly updates for the next two years and exclusive Google features such as integration with Google Lens for AI-powered image identification and translation. So buyers can soon expect an upgrade to the upcoming Android Pie 9.0 very soon.
The 6.1 Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor and uses this power to indulge in a few fun things, such as a #Bothie mode where the AI engine invokes both the front and rear cameras simultaneously with real-time masks and filters. It also allows you to stream live to Facebook and YouTube.
I am reassured that the old Nokia's maniacal focus on rugged but stylish design, still continues under the new HMD licence. And at Rs 15,999 for the 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage version, the Nokia 6.1 Plus brings the solid value for which the brand was always known.