Nokia 7.1 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: What’s New and Different

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Nokia 7.1 is the latest launch in HMD Global’s expansive range of Nokia handsets that has grown over the past couple of years. The Nokia 7.1 borrows the design philosophy of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus and sports a 19:9 display with a notch, a substantial chin, and vertically aligned dual rear cameras. In the mid-range smartphone segment, the Nokia 7.1 competes with HMD Global’s Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has similar specifications, including the same Snapdragon 636 SoC, 19:9 display, and 3,060mAh battery. However, it does have a different set of cameras and will get Android Pie this month. Let’s check out the differences in pricing and specifications of the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Nokia 7.1 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus price

Nokia 7.1 price ranges from EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 25,300) to EUR 349 (about Rs. 29,600), depending on the region it is being sold in. The phone has been launched in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel colour variants, and will be available in European markets starting later this month. There is currently no word on India pricing and availability.

On the other hand, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has been priced in India at Rs. 15,999 and is available, in Gloss Black, Gloss Midnight Blue, and Gloss White colour options, via Flipkart and Nokia online store in the country. Customers are entitled to no-cost EMI plans and free data on the Jio network. The Nokia 6.1 Plus was first launched globally in Hong Kong at a price of HKD 2,288 (roughly Rs. 21,500) in Blue and White colour options.

Nokia 7.1 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus specifications

Both the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus are dual-SIM (Nano) smartphones that run a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, based on the Android One programme. While the Nokia 7.1 is slated to get Android 9.0 Pie next month, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has been confirmed to receive the update in October itself.

 

The Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) PureDisplay panel with an aspect ratio of 19:9. Even the Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, however it has a smaller diagonal dimension of 5.8 inches, and foregoes the HDR10 support of the PureDisplay panel. Both come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Nokia 7.1, exclusively, has real-time SDR to HDR conversion using a 16-bit engine.

Both these phones are powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC. While the Nokia 6.1 Plus only offers a 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage configuration, the newly-launched Nokia 7.1 allows the user to choose from a 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and a 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. Both smartphones support external storage via microSD cards (up to 400GB).

Nokia 6.1 Plus Review

Much like other design elements, the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus sport a similar-looking vertical dual rear camera setup, albeit with different sensors. The Nokia 7.1 gets a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with autofocus and f/1.8 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, with fixed focus and f/2.4 aperture – the rear camera setup features Zeiss optics, EIS, as well as two-phase detection. On the other hand, the Nokia 6.1 Plus features a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, both with f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixel size. On the front, the Nokia 7.1 bears an 8-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field-of-view. The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixel size.

Once again, both the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus sport non-removable 3,060mAh battery units under the hood. The Nokia 7.1 comes with support for 18W fast charging, which claims to deliver 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has support for 10W fast charging. Both phones sport face-mounted fingerprint sensors and software-based face unlock authentication.

 

As for connectivity, both of the handsets get 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Additionally, the Nokia 7.1 comes with support for NFC, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus does not. In terms of dimensions and weight, the Nokia 7.1 measures 149.7×71.19×7.99mm and weighs 159 grams. On the other hand, the Nokia 6.1 Plus
measures 147.2×70.98×7.99mm and is slightly less heavy at 151 grams.


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Nokia 7.1 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus comparison

  Nokia 7.1 Nokia 6.1 Plus
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date October 2018 July 2018
Launched in India Yes Yes
Dimensions (mm) 149.70 x 71.20 x 7.99 147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59
Weight (g) 160.00 151.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3060 3060
Wireless charging No
Colours Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Steel Gloss White, Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.84 5.80
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2280 pixels
Aspect ratio 19:9 19:9
Protection type Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processor 1.8GHz octa-core octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 400 400
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.28-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.12-micron) 16-megapixel (f/2.0) + 5-megapixel
Front camera 8-megapixel (f/2.0) 16-megapixel (f/2.0)
Rear flash Dual LED
SOFTWARE
Operating system Android 8.1 Android 8.1
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2
USB OTG Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes
SENSORS
Face unlock Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes



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