HMD deserves a lot of praise for recalling the Nokia brand of ashes last year. And after setting up a fairly solid foundation, the company decided that 2018 would be the year to quickly expand its product portfolio. So far, the company has launched about 9 smartphones, all of which have come to India. The newest two are the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. The line-up of HMD covers the budget to the mid-range segment in India and will not all be a hit, some have the opportunity to take the best that the segment has to offer.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review) is undoubtedly the most popular Nokia phone and fans have been waiting for a while. And the wait is worth it, because the phone not only has a stunning design with an edge-to-edge display and a solid performance under the hood, but HMD also succeeded in competitively pricing the phone at Rs 15.999. This also gives the Nokia 6.1 Plus a great opportunity to enter the heavyweight segment, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review). And in many ways, the Nokia 6.1 Plus seems to have a head start.
– Let's talk about the design, because that's the first thing that hits you when you watch the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Put simply, the latest Nokia phone is a great device and it shows that the company has put a lot of effort into it. It screams premium from the front and the back, thanks to an edge-to-edge display and a glass design. The phone has a notch on the top, allowing HMD to cut the edges and provide a full screen with compelling display. The Gorilla Glass 3 at the back bends nicely around the edges to meet the meal frame. This gives the phone a very premium design and is distinguished by a segment that is filled with metal and plastic phones.
– The Redmi Note 5 Pro, in comparison, has a design that we have seen many times before. It is a proven formula that does not really bring something new to the table. Of course, it has a sturdy metal construction and an 18: 9 screen, but the design as a whole is not very inspiring and largely derived from previous Redmi phones. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is actually just as good about the design of the metal case as the screen and the hardware, which we will talk about in a little bit. From a design perspective, the Nokia 6.1 Plus looks absolutely like a more attractive and unique smartphone in this segment.
– The Nokia 6.1 Plus does not have a large screen, but a larger screen-to-body ratio compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. What this means is that you get more display in a given footprint. The 6.1 Plus comes with a 5.8-inch FHD + screen while the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a 6-inch FHD + screen, but it also comes with more bezels compared to the Nokia phone. Now a carved phone may not appeal to many people, but I mentioned in my review that the Nokia 6.1 Plus has one of the best implementations in this segment. By this I mean that the notch never penetrates or eats in your experience with the display, especially when you use media or play games.
– Although both phones offer an FHD + resolution that looks vibrant and clear. In particular, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a higher pixel density of 432 ppi, which translates into a sharper panel. Pound for pound, both devices offer an immersive experience with good clarity and viewing angles.
– The Nokia 6.1 Plus also matches the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance, as both devices are powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is arguably one of the more powerful processors you can find in the affordable segment. Both devices perform very well under intensive pressure and constantly remain flexible, even while playing graphically intensive games. These phones are able to handle daily multitasking with ease and you will find no reasons to complain about performance problems.
– Design aside, the other area where the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a head start on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the software department. It is difficult to beat a pure, standard Android Oreo software out-of-the-box and that is what HMD has promised for all its devices. The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a bloat-free, simple and smooth user interface with a promise of monthly security updates for Android. In the future it will also receive Android 9 Pie and Android Q, something you can not just say with the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
– The Redmi Note 5 Pro is disappointingly delivered with Android 7.1.1 MIUI based on a Nougat, making it pretty dated now that Android 9 Pie is out. The phone received the Android Oreo update at the end of June and can eventually receive Android 9 Pie, since Xiaomi is listed as one of the OEM parts of the Google Beta program, but it still puts the phone behind the Nokia 6.1 Plus to stay up-to-date with Android. Xiaomi is not the fastest in removing security updates and it seems unlikely that Android Q will be used in the future. The MIUI software is also quite heavy with preloaded apps and customizations, which may not attract everyone. That said, the user interface should not give you noticeable delays or hitches.
– Now, here is where the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the edge – cameras & # 39; s and battery. The device from Xiaomi comes with some of the best camera's in this segment and a large battery capacity that lasts for a day and a half. The Nokia 6.1 Plus makes competent daylight photo's but suffers under low-light conditions. Compared to the 4000 mAh battery of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the 3.060 mAh capacity in the Nokia 6.1 Plus for a full day and perhaps a day and a half daily use. It is still a lot, given the size, but that is also due to some nice software optimisations that help preserve the battery life.
– Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Redmi Note 5 Pro have something unique to offer. The latest HMD phone outperforms the latest in design and software, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with superior camera and battery life. Both offer comparable versions and compelling displays. In the end I have the feeling that HMD has finally come true with a reasonably good Rs 20,000 phone that can go from toe to toe with the best of Xiaomi.