The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the brand's 'most awaited' phone, Nokia 5.1 Plus also makes international debut

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the brand's 'most awaited' phone, Nokia 5.1 Plus also makes international debut
HMD Global unveiled its first iPhone X-inspired Nokia handset with a notch back in May, deciding to expand the X6 from its initial China exclusivity by popular demand. The mid-ranger, rebranded as the Nokia 6.1 Plus, kicked off its global rollout last month in Hong Kong, reaching the pivotal Indian market today as the company’s “most awaited phone.”

Unfortunately, that means we’ll have to continue waiting for a long overdue Nokia 9 flagship. If it makes you feel any better, the 6.1 Plus isn’t flying solo to India, bringing with it another China-first budget-friendly device with a notch.

As the name suggests, the Nokia 5.1 Plus, formerly known as the X5, is a slightly humbler phone than the Nokia 6.1 Plus, packing a MediaTek Helio P60 processor and 3GB RAM, compared to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and 4 gigs of memory.

Interestingly, the 5.1 Plus comes with a considerably wider screen cutout, while the 19:9 displays themselves both measure around 5.8 inches in diagonal. However, there’s an important difference in resolution, as the Nokia 6.1 Plus delivers a Full HD+ pixel count (2280 x 1080), whereas the 5.1 Plus settles for modest HD+ numbers (1520 x 720).

The two devices have “secure and up-to-date” Android Oreo software in common, courtesy of Google's Android One program, as well as AI camera enhancements, although the 6.1 Plus features a superior 16MP primary rear-facing shooter. The Nokia 5.1 Plus combines 13 and 5MP cams, the latter of which is also found on the back of the 6.1 Plus for cool depth effects.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the better selfie taker as well, thanks to a 16MP front-facing snapper, compared to a 13MP imaging sensor housed by the larger notch on the 5.1 Plus. Both devices look surprisingly premium for their price bracket, with 2.5D curved glass on both the front and back, and something tells us we won’t have to wait long to see them released in Western Europe.

For the time being, we only know the exact price point of the Nokia 6.1 Plus in India. Namely, 15,999 rupees, equating to roughly $230, with regional sales underway on August 30. That's impressively affordable, and it includes a generous 64 gigs of internal storage space.

sources: Nokia (1), (2) via Twitter

Related phones

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)
5.1 Plus
  • Display 5.8" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P60, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3060 mAh(18h talk time)



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I was expecting the 1020 successor but no... Notches are ugly.

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I want to use a lol meme here

3. toukale

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

LMFAO at those who have been going bananas over this hype marketing bs, it never fails. What folks can't seem to accept is if we are going to get a dramatic shift again in mobile, it will not come from any of those hardware oem's (including Samsung btw). That shift will come from those who owns the platforms (Apple, Google, maybe Amazon as a distant third). The reason for that is simple, those who controls the platforms controls the future of it. The Nokia's, Samsung, LG and all the rest can't write good software to save their life, nevermind delivering on a software project of that scale. The big boys (Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) have all the best talents that can pull this stuff. Just about all the best people who can pull this off are working for one of those 5 companies. If they are not working at one of these big 5 companies, then they are working for themselves, not Nokia, Lenovo, Samsung etc. You go work for Samsung if you are a great hardware guy/gal, Samsung is great there. You don't go work for Samsung because of their software chops. Stop with this magical , fancy device that will change everything.

5. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

5.1 with more powerful SoC than 6.1? Weird. It shows how cheap P60 is which is impressive considering it's performance (SD660 level).

6. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

CPU wise yes! The GPU can't even hang with the 630. If you don't game it's a great chip.

8. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Oppo Realme 1 (P60, FullHD+) / Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI (SD636, FullHD+) GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen): 20fps / 15 fps GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen) 12 / 10fos P60's GPU is consistently 20% better than SD636, not to mention SD630.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m LMFAO at the Apple fans that always claim Android fans are so insecure about their platform of choice, but there are a couple of Apple fans here hating on an Android OEM’s article. The hypocrisy is real with them. Anyone that’s actually been following smartphone news from more than one source already knew that this was the continued global rollout of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, aka the Nokia X6. The X6 was in extremely high demand to be launched globally (especially in India) when it was initially launched in China, hence the “most awaited” phone moniker. HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones also make really strong pushes in China and then usually in India due to those being the #1 and #2 markets for smartphones, and because of the popularity of the Nokia brand in those respective countries. HMD has also been focusing on low end to upper midrange smartphones because that’s where the growth in smartphones is at. The high end’s growth has stagnated. We’ll get a high end Nokia branded flagship smartphone soon enough, but you really can’t fault any business for going after the markets where their bread and butter is at. The Nokia 6.1 Plus looks to be a pretty good smartphone for the specs, and the pricing isn’t bad, either. Looking forward to the continued global rollout of the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

9. toukale

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@meanestgenius - I think you have taken offense regarding the light fun some of us are having at the expense of those folks who were going bananas a few days ago about this magical Nokia 9. This is a device those folks have been praising the tunes since 2010 or so during the Windows mobile days. The hype was crazy by those same individuals when HMD launched their "Most Awaited Phone" marketing plan. I am one of those who threw cold water on that ridiculous hype for that device and stated that no device is going to change the current mobile landscape. Only a platform holder (Apple, Google,) a distant 3rd and 4th, Amazon/Microsoft have a shot at changing the current mobile landscape. It won't be coming by any of those hardware oem's no matter what folks keep hoping for. Certainly not those chasing down the low end of the market like HMD is doing.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think it's YOU that's taking offense to what I said. If it doesn't apply, let it fly. But apparently it does....And the Nokia 9 (or whatever it's called) will certainly be released before the end of the year. So who said that a flagship Nokia smartphone is going to change the mobile landscape? All this seems like to me is that you have a problem with Nokia smartphones and CHOICE. And smartphones like the Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco certainly aren't "chasing down the low end", as they are upper midrange to high end smartphones. Again, just seems like you have a personal issue with HMD and Nokia and have an issue with choice.

12. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Well said toukale. I think some people do overhype the HMD phones to exaggerated levels.

11. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

where is 1020 successor ?? Nokia. why r u sleeping???

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