Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: Which one should you buy for Rs. 15,000?

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Nokia has recently launched its Android-based Nokia 6 smartphone, and it costs Rs. 14,999. Now, for the same price, you get the Xiaomi Mi A1. So, which one should you buy? Let’s find out.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: Highlights

  • Nokia 6 wins build quality and design round with lighter weight and better build quality.
  • Nokia 6 wins the display round with better brightness and better sunlight visibility.
  • Xiaomi Mi A1 wins the camera round with better image quality and 4K video recording.
  • Xiaomi Mi A1 wins the performance round with faster and smoother performance.
  • Xiaomi Mi A1 wins the battery backup round with better battery backup and faster charging.
  • Overall, we think the Nokia 6 isn’t worth your money, and you should definitely buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 over the Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: Design & Build Quality

The Xiaomi Mi A1, as well as, the Nokia 6 come with metal unibody build. Looking at the design, the Nokia 6 looks far better than the Mi A1 due to its chamfered edges and a brighter colour scheme. The Nokia 6 also feel more comfortable than the Xiaomi Mi A1 in hand because of its lighter weight. Also, the Nokia 6 feels much more premium and solidly built than the Mi A1. That said, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is by no means bad. It is just that the Nokia 6 is slightly better and therefore, wins the build quality and design round with ease.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: Display

The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, similar to the Xiaomi Mi A1. For protection, both the smartphones feature Corning Gorilla 3. Displays on both the smartphones are adequately good. Although, we found the display on the Nokia 6 to be brighter than the Mi A1, which gives it better visibility under direct sunlight. In terms of colour reproduction, the Xiaomi Mi A1 performs slightly better than the Nokia 6; it has better contrast ratio, which makes the content look more saturated than the Nokia 6. However, we think that people buying a smartphone in this price category would want better sunlight visibility rather than better colour reproduction accuracy. Therefore, we think that the Nokia 6 has better display compared to the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A: Camera Quality

The Nokia 6 has an 8MP front-facing autofocus camera, whereas, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has a 5MP fixed focus camera. The image quality from the Nokia 6’s front-facing camera is excellent, but that is only when the camera properly focuses, which rarely happens. Whereas the Xiaomi Mi A1 puts out decent images, but unlike the Nokia 6, it always works properly.

Coming to the primary camera, the Nokia 6 features a 16MP  primary camera with phase-detection autofocus. Whereas, the Mi A1 comes with dual 12MP primary cameras featuring phase-detection autofocus. The Nokia 6 puts out really good image quality; images contain a lot of details, and the noise levels are contained too. However, the Mi A1 is the one which takes the crown with its dual-camera setup; it produces much more detailed images with a vastly better dynamic range when compared to the Nokia 6. The Mi A1 also features a portrait mode and 4K video recording, which makes it a clear winner over then Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: Performance

Performance is the most crucial part of any smartphone, and the Nokia 6 totally disappoints with its Snapdragon 430 processor. Not only the Nokia 6 has the least powerful processor on paper in its price category, but it is also the slowest performing smartphone of the lot. The slow performance is mostly because of the fact that the Nokia 6 has a Full HD display and the Snapdragon 430 processor, which features Adreno 505, isn’t powerful enough to smoothly handle the Full HD display. The Nokia 6 stutters during gaming and lags severely during heavy multitasking.

On the contrary, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has the fastest performance in its price category; it is equipped with Snapdragon 625. Opening apps, switching between apps, gaming, and multitasking are really fast and smooth on the XIaomi Mi A1. The Mi A1 also gets the Android One treatment, meaning, you get stock Android UI, and you also get fast Android OS updates that too directly from Google. So, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has faster performance and smoother gaming, compared to the Nokia 6, making it an absolute winner.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: Battery Life

Logically, the Nokia 6 should have better battery backup compared to the Mi A1, as it has the same battery capacity and a more efficient processor. Sadly, that isn’t the case; the Nokia 6 has a far poor battery backup compared to the Mi A1. During our test, the Xiaomi Mi A1 lasted about 24 hours with 5 hours of screen on time. Whereas, the Nokia 6 lasted about 20 hours with 4 hours of screen on time. We think that the lesser battery backup on the Nokia 6 is mostly because the processor is always operating at its highest point, as it isn’t powerful enough to provide with a smoother performance at its lower operating point, therefore, resulting in more battery drain. In any case, the Xiaomi Mi A1 clearly wins the battery backup round too.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1: So, which one should you buy?

The Nokia 6 has better build quality and display than the Xiaomi Mi A1, but that really isn’t enough when compared to the Xiaomi Mi A1’s faster, smoother performance, better primary camera, and longer battery backup. Therefore, we think that the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a much more sensible buy than the Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi A1 vs. Motorola Moto G5S Plus vs. Lenovo P2 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs. Flipkart Billion Capture+: Spec Comparison

Nokia 6 Xiaomi Mi A1 Motorola Moto G5S Plus Lenovo P2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Billion Capture+
Display 5.5-inch IPS LCD, Full HD, Gorilla Glass 3 5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD, Full HD, Gorilla Glass 3 5.5-inch IPS LCD, Full HD, Gorilla Glass 3 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD, Gorilla Glass 3 5.5-inch IPS LCD, Full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD, Full HD, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Primary Camera 16MP, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, Full HD video recording Dual 12MP, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording Dual 13MP, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording 13MP, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording 13MP, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording 13MP, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, Full HD video recording
Secondary Camera 8MP, autofocus, Full HD video recording 5MP, Full HD video recording 8MP, LED flash, Full HD video recording 5MP, Full HD video recording 5MP, Full HD video recording 8MP, Full HD video recording
Processor Snapdragon 430 Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB with microSD card slot 64GB with microSD card slot 64GB with microSD card slot 32GB 64GB 64GB
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Battery 3000mAh 3080mAh 3000mAh 5100mAh 4100mAh 3500mAh
Connectivity  Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth v4.2, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.1, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth v4.1, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Extras Fingerprint scanner, Stereo speakers Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner, splash resistant Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner
Price Rs. 14,999 Rs. 14,999 Rs. 15,999 Rs. 15,499 Rs. 11,999 Rs. 10,999

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