Nokia 6.1 Plus is already the brand's third phone officially updated to Android 9 Pie

Nokia 6.1 Plus is already the brand's third phone officially updated to Android 9 Pie
HMD Global, the 2016-founded company behind the resurgence of the Nokia brand, may not have the resources to take on Samsung or Huawei in terms of global smartphone shipments, but when it comes to major software updates, the hierarchy is overturned.

The world heavyweight champion of swift Pie promotions strikes again today, as announced by HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas on Twitter, after already bringing the sweet new OS build to the Nokia 7 Plus and non-Plus 6.1.

The Android One-powered Nokia 6.1 Plus that’s being upgraded starting now ran beta tests for a couple of weeks, which presumably yielded very few and very minor bugs. This stable over-the-air rollout was scheduled for October at the beginning of the month, and with just a few hours to spare, HMD delivered on that promise.

Unfortunately, unlike the “regular” Nokia 6.1, the 6.1 Plus is not officially available in the US. Initially released under the China-exclusive X6 name, the 5.8-incher expanded to a number of international territories in recent months, offering a relatively small notch, respectable Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, dual rear-facing cameras, and a single 16MP selfie shooter on a budget.

If you can buy the Nokia 6.1 Plus, now’s definitely the time to do so, with everything from Adaptive Battery tricks to Google Lens integration, and new gesture-based navigation included in this latest Android 9 Pie update. 

Next in line are the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco, along with the Nokia 3, 5, 6, 5.1 Plus, and yes, even the humble Nokia 1, 2, and 2.1. Take that, Samsung and Huawei!

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6.1 Plus
  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3060 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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10 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22199; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. This is one of the reasons why HMD is succeeding, and where they outdo the larger OEM's of the Android platform. Kudos to you for this, HMD.

2. Venom

Posts: 3684; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's a shame Nokia never released the 7 Plus in the US. I would have preferred it over the 7.1 and it's one and only color with the 7 Plus having a better battery, processor, and build. Plus I like the black and copper look.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22199; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s great that HMD has been updating their smartphones better than most (what the article is actually about), and with fewer issues than Android industry giants and newbies alike, no matter which regions they’ve been designated to around the world.

5. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Nokia and OnePlus are dope.

7. Venom

Posts: 3684; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree for the most part. I think One Plus is more dope because they actually have a presence in the US market unlike Nokia. It's a shame that people have to take shade to make a point instead of just saying what they need to say and going on about their business. Nokia isn't devoid of issues despite what some people think.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22199; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Both are really good, but I'm more of a fan of HMD. One of the reasons is because of how they've been able to grow both sales and market share, even without having much of a presence in the U.S. Although, OnePlus doesn't have a huge presence in the U.S at the moment, either. It's a shame that people feel the need to remark about others throwing shade when they themselves throw a whole lot of it. They are doing it right now, as a matter of fact. No one ever claimed HMD (not Nokia, since they don't make smartphones anymore.) is devoid of issues, but the fact remains that they have less issues than other Android vendors, two in particular.

9. Venom

Posts: 3684; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol see this is what I meant. Some people are so threatened by the truth that they resort to cheap potshots and indirect shade throwing because they lack the stones to say what needs to be said directly. OnePlus has had a presence in the US pretty much every since they started selling the phone. It amazes me when some people act like the US market isn't important when it has millions of smartphone users and a pretty open affordable midrange segment. It amazes me that some people think Nokia phones don't encounter any problems when that's far from the truth.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22199; Member since: May 28, 2014

They are dope. But then you have the same people that take cheap potshots because they can't handle the facts and choose to be in denial about them, lol. They do it because they are cowardly keyboard warriors and could never say what they have to say to the person directly. OnePlus has a very small presence in the U.S. that's just now going to see some growth here due to the T-Mobile deal, which is phenomenal for them. But what really amazes me is that some people think that the U.S. market is the be all, end all, when OEM's like HMD have proven that you can grow sales and market share while having a very small presence in the U.S. they don't understand that there are bigger markets for smartphones, like China and India. It amazes me that some people think that Nokia branded smartphones by HMD run into as many issues as Googles Pixel line and the Essential Phone, and that is far from the truth.

4. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

F my Sprint Note 8.

6. Venom

Posts: 3684; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That sucks. The Note 8 is only a year old and still has cutting edge specs. "Sprint Note 8" Ugh, sprint. Unfortunately the unlocked Samsung devices aren't much better.

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