So you are looking for a midrange smartphone but don’t want to lose out on the current design trends and popular flagship features. Is there an option that truly fits everything mentioned here and still priced appropriately for the budget conscious?

Yes and Nokia 6.1 Plus is the answer.

Before we move on with the review, let’s quickly go through the specs first:
Display: Full HD+ 5.8’’ display with 19:9 ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass
Camera: 16 MP/5 MP dual sensor rear camera + 16 MP front camera
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform
Memory & storage: 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage (supports MicroSD card up to 400GB)
Battery: 3060 mAh

Outlook & Design

The device itself is made of glass on the front and back with aluminium sides. Despite the 5.8″ display, the phone actually feels very small and compact. That actually is one of the biggest reason why it is such a great phone to hold.
Some of my friends who managed to try holding it also agree that it’s a phone that you just need to keep holding in your hands.

Apart from that, the 2.5D curved sides actually helps elevating the overall look of the device. I especially like the clean glass back with fingerprint sensor and cameras placed right in the middle. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also prone to smudges and fingerprints but a quick wipe on your shirt will get rid of them straight away.

This device has one of the best looking LCDs in the market for its price range.

Display

The 6.1 Plus is actually HMD’s first attempt in making a smartphone with the notch design. Yup, it is called ‘design’ since we cannot escape from it nowadays.
Despite having a notch, it is not too big and does not hinder from the full screen view of the display at all.

This device has one of the best looking LCDs in the market for its price range. Yup, that might be a big statement but I do think that photos and visuals look very natural. Colours and the vibrancy are just right as well.

Again, I want to say that the 5.8″ screen size is just right and fits perfectly in the palm.

This device is the perfect solution for live-streamers

Camera

The 6.1 Plus has a dual-camera system on the back (16MP f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor). Daytime photos look quite amazing with sharp images and natural looking colours, though I realise that photos tend to have a slight blue tint especially when taken indoors.

The camera is capable of taking HDR shots, which means it is able to bring up the shadows and to lower the highlights to have a more balanced visual. This works quite well during my review and the outcome is totally acceptable and usable for social media or for memory keepsake.

With the 5MP depth camera, it is also able to capture portrait photos in a mode called ‘Live Bokeh’. The edge separation is not bad and you get to also customize the background blurness after taking a shot.

Here are some sample photos. Click to enlarge.

There’s also a Dual-Sight mode whereby both cameras on the front and back can be turned on and capture photos and videos simultaneously. This device is the perfect solution for live-streamers who love to share multiple camera perspective to the audience.

Software

Just like all the other smartphones by HMD, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by Android Oreo 8.1 and is part of the Android One programme. According to the team, Android 9 Pie will come to this device before 2018 ends (that’s a lot earlier than many flagship smartphones in the market).

Just like the promise of getting Android 9 Pie early, Android One devices under HMD also get security updates every month without fail and this will continue for 3 years.

Conclusion

With the price tag of RM1149, you can never go wrong with the Nokia 6.1 Plus. It is made for those who want fast and simple smartphone device without bloatwares and has flagship camera features along with great design and quality.

It’s definitely a well-rounded package with guarantee of updates for 3 years. The device comes in 3 colours; black, white and blue. Try it out at Nokia stores nationwide and I can assure you it’s a device you cannot let go off your hands.

In case you are interested to watch, here’s my unboxing of the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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