Nokia X6 / Nokia 6.1 Plus Review

1 August 2018, 12:25:42

Nokia X6 / Nokia 6.1 Plus Review
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Design, build and controls

Nokia X6/Nokia 6.1 Plus combines glass and aluminium in a handset that's impressively stylish, incredibly lightweight and very comfortable to hold and operate with one hand. The front and back are covered with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The frame in the middle is made of aluminium alloy with a matte finish. The profile of the device is perfectly symmetrical. The front and back of the frame have chamfered edges that flawlessly intersect with the curve of the glass. This is not only visually appealing but is also pleasant to the touch. The glass tends to gets smudged easily but is equally easily cleaned. The model is available in three colours: black, dark blue and white. We are reviewing a black unit. Nokia X6/Nokia 6.1 Plus is the narrowest smartphone with a 5.8-inch display after the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9. Its width is merely 70.98 mm. Huawei Honor 10 is 0.22 mm wider. It is also the shortest smartphone with a display of that size, after the iPhone X, with a height of 147.2 mm. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are 0.5 mm taller. Among models with a 5.8-inch screen and a 3000 mAh battery, the Nokia X6/Nokia 6.1 Plus is the thickest one if we take into account the camera bump. With it, it measures 8.59 mm in depth. Without the camera bump, the handset has a waistline of 7.99 mm, which is quite typical for this display and battery size class. In addition, this model is one of the lightest devices in this class with a weight of 151 grammes. That's only 6 g more than the nova 3e and Huawei P20 Lite, both of which weight 145 g. The front of Nokia X6/Nokia 6.1 Plus is covered with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display takes up 80.26% of the total front surface of the device and has a notch. The latter houses the front camera, earpiece, light/proximity sensor. The bezel above the notch is very thin, so are the side bezels. The Nokia logo is imprinted on the chin, which is almost as thin as the one on the Galaxy S8. If you prefer a notch-less display, you can switch the notch off from the Display settings. The navigation bar is on-screen only and you cannot modify it or hide it in any way. The back of the device is covered with a 2.5D curved glass as well. All elements on that side are positioned vertically along the centre of the handset. The dual camera module is placed on the top and contains a dual-tone LED flash below the shooters. If we take into account the dimensions provided by the manufacturer, the bump of the camera module is 0.6 mm high. The module has a chamfered frame in silver colour. Below it, you will see the circular fingerprint sensor. It is slightly indented and has a chamfered rim in silver colour, too. The indent is not strong so placing your index finger on the sensor might be difficult at first. Probably, it's just a matter of getting used to it. The sensor is followed by the Nokia logo. On the top frame, you will see a microphone hole and a 3.5 mm jack. On the bottom one, the following elements are positioned: an oval microphone whole, a USB Type-C 2.0 port in the middle, two oval holes for a speaker grille that covers a single bottom-firing speaker. The Volume and Power buttons are placed on the right-hand side frame. They protrude only a little and provide great tactile experience. On the left-hand side frame, the hybrid, dual-SIM tray is positioned. It can house either two Nano-SIM cards, or a Nano-SIM and a microSD card, in case you need more storage.

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