By its own standards
, HMD Global's Android 10 rollout started a bit late with the Nokia 8.1 back in October
and expanded pretty slowly to the Nokia 9 PureView
and Nokia 7.1 in December
. But as detailed in an official roadmap
released before the latest OS version even hit Google's Pixel devices
in stable form, things are progressing at a much faster pace in the new year.
The exclusive Nokia brand licensee has managed to double its count of smartphones officially updated to Android 10 in just a little over a week in 2020. What's even more remarkable is that today's over-the-air delivery of fresh software goodies for the Nokia 6.1
follows two upgrades deployed to the Nokia 7 Plus
and 6.1 Plus
earlier this same week.
That's three OS promotions kicked off in three days, and yes, these are three very different handsets. The 6.1
was originally announced a full two years ago with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-loaded on the software side of things, as well as respectable overall specifications, at least by early 2018 mid-range standards. We're talking a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a conventional resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Snapdragon 630 processing power, up to 4 gigs of memory and 64 gigs of internal storage space, a single 16MP rear-facing camera with Zeiss optics, and a 3,000mAh battery.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Nokia 6
.1 is that you can buy it in many major global markets, US included, although its $230 list price is no longer very attractive. But if you already own the phone, you should be happy to know this is Nokia's third device in the region brought up to date, joining the 9 PureView
and beating the recently released 6.2 and 7.2
to the stable Android 10 punch.
Because HMD doesn't like to alter Google's stock vision too much, you're looking at a fairly clean and straightforward update here including things like a system-wide Dark mode option, Smart Reply functionality, a more intuitive gesture navigation system, and additional controls for privacy and location, as well as December 2019 security patches.