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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi SiN­gal

Flag­ship smart­phones are get­ting big­ger and taller, but here is a com­pact, mid-range de­vice from HMD Global (the of­fi­cial li­censee of Nokia smart­phones) that looks and feels pre­mium. The 5.8-inch full HD+ dis­play, with a notch in the front and a glass rear, gives it a hand­feel sim­i­lar to that of iPhone X. But the side pan­els are not as smooth as the Ap­ple prod­uct. In fact, the 6.1 Plus is a tad taller and thicker (147.2x70.98x7.99 mm) than the iPhone X, but 23g lighter (weighs 151g). It is the com­pany’s first ‘notch’ phone to ar­rive in In­dia. The rear houses a ver­ti­cal dual-cam­era unit and a cir­cu­lar fin­ger­print scan­ner. The power key and the vol­ume but­ton are mounted on the right panel, the 3.5 mm jack is at the top, the SIM tray is on the left and the Type C charg­ing port, as well as the speaker, are at the bot­tom. The screen is pro­tected by Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 3 and of­fers great colour re­pro­duc­tion at full bright­ness.

Com­ple­ment­ing the looks is the stock An­droid OS. In­stead of run­ning on a cus­tomised user in­ter­face as most brands do, HMD Global has gone for the An­droid One Pro­gram. So, the new Nokia de­vices will not only be bloat­ware free but will also re­ceive timely up­dates as and when these are re­leased.

The user in­ter­face is neat and sim­ple. With a ded­i­cated app tray in place, short­cuts can be saved to the home screen. Within the app tray, you will find the search bar on the top and next to it, a row of fre­quently used apps, thus keep­ing ev­ery­thing right at your fin­ger­tips. The phone man­aged to fetch email mes­sages, stream videos, han­dle mul­ti­player gam­ing, imag­ing and more with ease. Run­ning An­droid 8.1.0, it is pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 636 pro­ces­sor and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of on­board stor­age.

The next high­light is the dual-cam­era set-up at the rear – 16 MP and 5 MP units – cap­tur­ing good bokeh images. The Live Bokeh op­tion al­lowed me to ad­just the back­ground blur while tak­ing a snap­shot. I was also able to change the fo­cal point and ad­just back­ground blur us­ing the Bokeh ed­i­tor in the Pho­tos app. Bokeh self­ies taken by the 16 MP front cam­era also came out well. Low-light pho­tog­ra­phy was just aver­age as the images had vis­i­ble noise. Fi­nally, the phone is pow­ered by a 3,060 mAh bat­tery, which lasted me a day with above-aver­age us­age. Over­all, it is a great de­vice but is likely to face com­pe­ti­tion from Mi A2 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in the same price range.

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