Nokia X6 / Nokia 6.1 Plus Review

1 August 2018, 12:25:42

Nokia X6 / Nokia 6.1 Plus Review
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Primary camera

Nokia X6 is equipped with two rear cameras. The main one combines a 16MP Samsung S5K3P9SX ISOCELL Bright image sensor with an f/2.0 lens and phase detection AF. This sensor is brand-new (at the time of this review, only Nokia X6/Nokia 6.1 Plus use it) and has a 1/3.1" optical format as well as 1.0 μm pixel size. It uses Samsung's new Tetracell technology, which is created to improve light sensitivity in low-light conditions by merging four neighbouring pixels to work as one big pixel. The Smart WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) feature permits multiple exposures in a single shot, resulting in greater detail for both bright and dark environments. On the Nokia X6, it snaps photos with a resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels and shoots 4K videos at 30 fps. The second rear camera is equipped with a 5MP Samsung S5K5E9 sensor that has a 1.2 μm pixel size and is combined with an f/2.2 lens. It shoots in black and white. The rear cameras are aided by a dual-LED flash, EIS video stabilization and support HDR. The advanced chipset makes them AI-enabled. With artificial intelligence, the cameras can realize deep image learning, background blur, automatic adjustment of colour contrast, intelligent facial recognition. In addition, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset arrives with Qualcomm's Clear Site camera features, which allow the shooter(s) to capture more light in low-light areas, thus leading to noise reduction in photos. The dual camera setup is supported by Qualcomm's Spectra 160 ISP.

Secondary camera

The front-facing camera has the same sensor as the main rear shooter - a 16MP Samsung S5K3P9SX ISOCELL Bright one, with a 1/3.1" optical format, 1.0 μm pixel size and Tetracell technology. Here it is coupled with an f/2.0 lens, too, takes photos with a resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels and shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps. The Nokia X6 units that are sold in China have a different software and support face recognition and face unlock. This is due to the AI facial recognition feature, based on the TEE mobile security solution. However, it is not available on our review unit as it is a global one. Only Chinese versions get this feature. If you want, you can use the Face Recognition function from the Smart Lock. The intelligent 3D blur algorithm and AI beautification are present.

Camera App

Nokia X6 employs an in-house developed Camera application, which differs in several ways from the standard ones that are widely available. There's a big circular shutter button, centrally placed at the bottom. To its left, there's a button for video recording and to its right - a shortcut to the list of photos and videos. The top of the screen is occupied by a number of icons. The first one is of a hamburger menu which opens additional shooting modes (Panorama, Live Bokeh, Manual) and the camera settings. The manual mode allows you to set the type of focus, type of scene, white balance and exposure value. The other icons open the settings for the flash, HDR, self-timer, beautification, and the view mode - single, dual or picture-in-picture.
The camera settings are pretty simple. They are different depending on whether you're taking a photo or recording a video. The photo settings include the resolution for the front and rear camera, location tag toggle, shutter control and sound, grid and watermark toggles, mirror photos for the front camera, and data storage. The video settings include shutter sound, grid, location tag, resolution for videos from the front and the rear camera, data storage and live broadcast account - when you shoot videos you can switch on the live broadcast icon from the top of the screen. You can also choose to shoot time-lapse and slow-motion videos.
The interface for the front camera is largely the same, however, not all modes are supported - Video, Photo, Bokeh and Manual. HDR is supported as well. The camera settings are the same. Google Photos is the only pre-installed app with which you can open and edit photos. The editing options include adjusting the position, adding filters, adjusting the saturation, brightness, contrast, etc. Google Lens is integrated into the Photos application. This feature is designed to bring relevant information using visual analysis based on deep learning routines. All in all, it can intelligently recognize objects from an image and show relevant search results and information.

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