REVIEW | New Nokia 6.1 built to last and designed to perform


Nokia has released their latest version of the Nokia 6, the new Nokia 6.1 which despite its incremental number packs an even more powerful performance and new features into a more compact, durable body.

The new Nokia 6.1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, making it over 60% faster than its predecessor. The Nokia 6.1 offers an enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics camera, a standout feature at this price point, USB-C fast-charging, Nokia spatial audio and pure, secure and up-to-date Android Oreo. The new Nokia 6 has been selected by Google to join the Android One family, which guarantees clean up to date Android always.

Taking the original’s precision craftsmanship to the next level the new Nokia 6.1 combines an aluminium unibody, made from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, with an 11-hour two-tone anodising and polishing process. Moreover, by uniting a sculpted 2.5D display with damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the new Nokia 6’s compact and refined body is designed to stay beautiful for longer.

Built to last

Built on the well-loved design of its predecessor, you can expect that the new Nokia 6.1 is durable enough to take life’s everyday knocks, all while being even more compact than the previous generation. However, it’s not just about durability; the new Nokia 6.1 is also very stylish. The finish is a unique two-tone anodising process.

The original Nokia 6 received great feedback on its display, colours and brightness. The new Nokia 6.1 takes it even further by increasing the screen-to-body ratio with a sharp 5.5-inch full HD IPS laminated display so you can enjoy immersive entertainment experiences in a compact package.

Powerful real-life performance

The new Nokia 6.1 delivers a fast and smooth performance alongside great day-long battery life. With its 3000mAh battery with USB type-C fast-charging, you can charge 50% of your phone’s battery in just 30 minutes.

The Nokia 6.1 has a 16 MP ZEISS rear camera with dual-tone flash and 8MP selfie camera. The optics along with the software ensures clean fast and accurate photography.

The new Nokia 6.1 offers an enhanced Dual-Sight. Activating the front and back cameras at the same time, Dual-Sight lets you create your very own #Bothie, both front and back camera in the picture, and even stream it live on social media. Plus, with Nokia spatial audio, you can record high-fidelity surround sound on all your videos, giving you an immersive experience when you watch it back, you’ll feel like you were there again.

For added security and ease, the new Nokia 6.1 recognises you, giving you the ability to unlock your phone with your face, lightning fast.


The new Nokia 6.1 joins the Android One family, offering a high-quality software experience designed by Google.

The new Nokia 6.1 will stay fresh over time with the latest Google innovations and regular security updates. Because it runs pure Android, the new Nokia 6.1 comes with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would eat up your battery life or slow it down so you can enjoy your phone for longer. As with all Nokia smartphones in the Android One programme, the new Nokia 6 will come with a limited number of pre-installed apps so that you’ll get more storage space.

By shipping with Android Oreo™ out of the box, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction, 60 fantastic new emojis and battery-maximising features like limiting background app use.


Available in Black/Copper, the New Nokia 6  is now available at MTN, from R3,999.00 prepaid/cash (deals may vary from network providers).

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