Nokia 7 Plus vs. Nokia 6.1 Plus vs. Nokia 7.1

HMD Global is not leaving any stone unturned in shining the name again. With back to back smartphones covering the busiest ‘mid-budget’ smartphone segment of India, the devices under the Nokia label are grabbing attention all around. Here we are comparing three top players of HMD Global, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, and the latest entry Nokia 7.1.

Design

The upcoming Nokia 7.1 features a notch-based edge-to-edge display and a glass-encased body similar to Nokia 6.1 Plus. With a Series 6000 block aluminum frame embedded between glass back and front panel, the Nokia 7.1 is an almost replica of Nokia 6.1 Plus. However, there are silver and copper accents on the Nokia 7.1 aluminum frame, which is missing from the 6.1 Plus that holds only a plain frame.

Whereas, the third device, Nokia 7 Plus sports an aluminum unibody surrounded by copper accents and six layers of ceramic coating. All three devices have vertically stacked dual camera setup at the rear end along with a fingerprint sensor.

Winner: Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1

Display

Coming to the display of the devices, Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch full HD+ display with 2280×1080 pixels of resolution and 19:9 screen aspect ratio. With a notch on top, the display is HDR10 compliant PureDisplay. Moving on to its somewhat predecessor Nokia 6.1 Plus, it has a fine 5.8-inch full HD+ LCD with similar 19:9 aspect ratio but there is a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Both these devices feature minimal bezels running only around the front panel top curvature whereas there is a small chin at the bottom of these devices.

The Nokia 7 Plus sports a 6-inch IPS LCD panel with 2160×1080 pixels and unlike Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7.1, the Nokia 7 Plus features 18:9 aspect ratio. Moreover, the phone carries slightly fat bezels as compared to Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1, but a screen that high quality can overshadow this drawback.

Winner: Nokia 7 Plus

Processor

Besides almost similar design and display, both Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1 also share similar processing units. Both the devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 combined with Adreno 509 GPU for graphics rendition. This chipset debuted in through Xiaomi Redmi Note Pro this year in February. In comparison to these two, Nokia 7 Plus is power driven by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset clocking at 2.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 512 GPU for rendering graphics.

Winner: Nokia 7 Plus

Camera

This is where you can actually find some difference between the three. Nokia 7.1 holds a dual camera setup of a 12MP lens with f/1.8 aperture and 5MP lens with f/2.4 aperture. Both are Carl Zeiss branded lenses. The camera app in the Nokia 7.1 offers AI technology and regular portrait mode claimed to add artistic effect on photos. For selfies, it has an 8MP front snapper with an aperture of f/2.0.

Moving on, Nokia 7 Plus also sports Carl Zeiss branded dual lenses at the back including a 12MP wide-angle f/1.75 lens and a 13MP f/2.6 lens. There’s fully-featured Pro mode available in the native camera app to let users tweak exposure, shutter speed, ISO, and manually focus on objects. There is a 16MP Zeiss optics selfie shooter available at the front with f/2.0 aperture.

Unlike the other two, the dual camera setup on Nokia 6.1 Plus do not have Carl Zeiss branding. The device sports 16MP and 5MP lenses at the back with f/2.0 and f/2.4 apertures respectively. The camera doesn’t have that much to offer than a bokeh mode for selfies, which are clicked by a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.

Winner: Nokia 7 Plus

Software and Storage

All three devices run on Android One program that means they will get all the updates for the upcoming two years. Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1 have stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box that presents a bloatware-free smartphone. Nokia 7.1 is available in two storage variants including 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB, that can be expanded up to 400GB with microSD. Nokia 7.1 is delivering the option that can cut down the price to a noticeable margin. Nokia 7 Plus just received the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie. HMD Global also announced the Android 9.0 Pie update for the Nokia 6.1 Plus in the recently conducted annual event. Though both Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus feature only one option of 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, the later one has an expandable storage support to 400GB whereas Nokia 7 Plus has a storage support of 256GB through microSD.

Winner: Nokia 7.1

Battery and Prices

Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus get power from a 3060 mAh battery with fast charging available. But, the Nokia 7 Plus carries a big battery of 3800 mAh pushing it ahead of the other two in this department.

While Nokia 6.1 Plus is priced at Rs 15,999 in India, the Nokia 7 Plus is available at Rs 25,999. HMD Global has not given any word about launching the Nokia 7.1 in India but has priced it at €319.

Winner Nokia 6.1 Plus

Verdict

All three mid-range devices are quite good competitors to many emerging tech giants such as Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, etc. In terms of design, Nokia 6.1 and 7.1 do have an advantage of a bezel-less notch display. However, an overall basis, Nokia 7 Plus seems slightly better device than the other two. But then again, it is not in the same price segment as the other two.

Comparing three top players of HMD Global, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, and the latest entry Nokia 7.1.

Specifications Nokia 6.1 Plus Nokia 7.1 Nokia 7 Plus
Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Octa-core

Display 5.8-inch full HD+; 2280×1080 pixels

HDR10 Compliant

5.8-inch full HD+ LCD; 2280×1080 pixels 6-inch IPS LCD panel; 2160×1080 pixels
Operating System Android 8 Oreo

(Future Android 9 Pie Update Available)

Android 8 Oreo

(Future Android 9 Pie Update Available)

Android 9.0 Pie Update Received
RAM 4GB 3GB/4GB 4GB
Internal Storage 64 GB 32GB/64GB 64 GB
External Storage 400 GB 400 GB 256 GB
Primary Camera 16MP+5MP 12MP+5MP

Carl Zeiss

12MP+13MP

Carl Zeiss

Secondary Camera 16MP 8MP 16MP
Battery 3060 mAh 3060 mAh 3800 mAh