Nokia X6 (Nokia 6.1 Plus) In-depth Review: The First Nokia Phone with a Display Notch

This is an in-depth review of the new Nokia X6 announced in 2018. It is also known as Nokia 6.1 Plus.

You probably don’t know that this isn’t the first Nokia X6. An older version, which is a Symbian phone, was released in 2009.

HMD global, the licensed makers of Nokia phones, launched the new Nokia X6 in Beijing, China.

Nokia X6 is the first Nokia phone to sport a display notch and 19:9 aspect ratio. The notch is similar to that of Apple’s iPhone X. Apart from these, it also has other amazing features that will be unveiled in this review.



Nokia X6 is crafted with metal frames having front and back glass. The design of the back looks gorgeous with a reflective metal frame good finish. It’s a hybrid dual SIM phone with a dimension of 147.2 x 71 x 8 mm. This makes it easy to operate with one hand and also fit into the pocket comfortably.

It’s good to know that HMD retained the 3.5mm headphone jack on this device and pegged the speaker grills at the bottom. The phone is available in 3 colors: blue, black, and white.



It has a huge 19:9 aspect ratio display that gives a large resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. This provides an excellent screen size for movies and games. The notch on it is the first ever on a Nokia phone.

Nokia X6 specs

The display is covered by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which protects it from minor scratches. This isn’t the best I’ve seen, as some Samsung phones are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Even Nokia 8 Sirocco.



Nokia Android phones are known to be pre-installed with custom UI. This means that they run on stock Android with negligible bloatware. Nokia X6 is not left out in this, plus it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.

This hybrid dual-SIM smartphone also comes with 3D touch function with which you can open some apps quickly. Apps like camera, gallery, and so on. The interface is very snappy thanks to the bloatware-free stock Android. You won’t notice any lag on this device since the response time is quick and smooth.

It’s also designed with face recognition technology as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for maximum security. The face ID works well but not as fast on some Xiaomi Redmi phones.

The device also comes with the bothie feature introduced in Nokia 8. This allows you to use both the front and back cameras simultaneously. As for internet connection, it comes with 4G LTE support for fast speed.



Coming to the camera department, Nokia X6 features a dual-camera setup at the back. This comprises a 16MP RGB primary sensor and 5MP monochrome secondary sensor. The cameras are accompanied by a dual-LED tone flash. This means you won’t have to worry about having bright images even in low-lit environments.

Nokia X6 camera

The 16MP front camera also produces quality images. Selfie lovers can now up their game on Instagram and Snapchat.

The cameras of Nokia X6 support features for improved photography; this includes optimized color contrast, lightning effect, and HDR support.


Processor and Memory

Under the hood, the device is powered by the recently launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. You’re sure to get optimized performance on the phone.

It’s available in two variants based on memory. The variant with 4GB RAM has 32GB or 64GB internal storage while the variant with 6GB packs 64GB internal storage. Even with the large storage space, there’s an available micro SDcard slot to expand the space to up to 256GB.



One not-so-good feature I find disturbing on the smartphone is the 3060mAh battery that may not last a whole day. I’d have loved to see anything from 4000mAh upwards.

This downside is, however, compensated for by the presence of Quick Charge 3.0 support. This technology can deliver up to 50% of charge in 30 minutes.



If you’re satisfied with the design of the device and have enough budget, just go for it. It’s worth the money. But Nokia 8 Sirocco still beats it in some features.

Get it here: Nokia X6


Nokia X6 Specifications

Nokia X6 Specifications

General Features
 Announced May 2018
 Operating  System Android 8.1 Oreo
 SIM Dual (Hybrid) SIM
 Type IPS Capacitive Touchscreen (16 Million Colors)
 Size 5.8 inches
 Resolution 2280 x 1080 pixels
 Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
 Dimension 147.2 x 71 x 8mm
 Colour Black, White, Blue
 Weight 153g
 Network 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
 WLAN WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot
 USB USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector, OTG
 Bluetooth v5.0, LE, A2DP
 ROM 32GB, 64GB
 Processor Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636, 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Octa-core
 Card Slot MicroSD, Up to 256GB (SIM 2 Slot)
 Back 16MP + 5MP, Dual LED Flash, Auto-Focus, Phase Detection
 Front 16MP
 Capacity (Non-Removable) 3060 mAh Li-Ion, Quick Charge 3.0
 Sensors Gyroscope Ambient light, eCompass, Accelerometer, Proximity, Fingerprint (back)

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Hi, I'm Fouad. I write about gadgets and other tech related stuff. Feel free to ask me any question in the comment box below.

3 thoughts on “Nokia X6 (Nokia 6.1 Plus) In-depth Review: The First Nokia Phone with a Display Notch

  • July 2, 2018 at 9:44 am

    nokia x6 is the company’s first smartphone with the iPhone X-like trending notch at the top. The phone looks like an upgraded Nokia 7 Plus from the back and an iPhone X from the front

  • August 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Good to see nokia is back in the race.I went through your review on the Nokia 6.1 plus and found it to be really informative and unbiased. I feel that this review of yours would help the prospective buyers in deciding whether to buy this one or not.


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