The Nokia X6 was officially unveiled today at an event held in China after creating significant buzz for being the first phone by the company to feature a notch on its display. This budget smartphone offers impressive internal specs and a decent camera setup for what it has been priced at. Even though it isn’t confirmed yet if this phone will receive a global launch, we still wanted to see if this phone can possibly offer a good deal if it does make it to the Indian market in the future. So today we are pitting the Nokia 6 against the Realme 1 by OPPO since that phone is about to go on sale in India this month and also offers a decent array of specs and features at a competitive price. And finally, we have the Redmi Note 5 Pro which is in this comparison as it is the existing champion in this segment of the Indian market.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia X6 vs Realme 1: Price in India
The Nokia X6 launched in three storage variants. The 4GB RAM with 32GB internal storage model is priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs.13,700), The 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,800), and the 6GB RAM with 64GB internal memory is priced at CNY 1,699 (Rs.18,000 approx.).
There are two storage variants of the Realme 1 that are about to go on sale in India. The 3GB +32GB model carries a price tag of Rs. 8,990 while the 6GB +128GB model is priced at Rs.13,990. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, which was launched in February this year, is priced at Rs. 14,999 for its base variant.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia X6 vs Realme 1: Design, Display
Nokia has equipped the X6 with a 5.8-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with a 2,280×1,080 pixels resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. There is a notch on the top and a tiny chin at the bottom where the iconic Nokia moniker sits. The phone has premium aesthetics with its glass back and minimalistic design.
The Oppo Realme 1 has a 6-inch FullHD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display without the controversial notch. Its design language is more unique and flashy with the diamond-esque angular back. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has the same resolution on its 5.99-inch display with the same aspect ratio. However, it doesn’t look or feel as premium with its metallic construction.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia X6 vs Realme 1: Camera
Underneath its notch, the Nokia houses a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, while a 16MP + 5MP setup is situated at the rear. There are various AI enhancements integrated with this setup, and the rear camera additionally features EIS and HDR. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, has a 12MP+5MP setup at the back, while an impressive 20MP sensor is available at the front for selfies.
The Realme 1 offers the least impressive front camera which is just 8MP. And for some surprising reason, the company decided to ditch the dual camera setups at the back and instead opted for just a 13MP sensor. In our review of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, we noted that it is capable of capturing great images. But with all the enhancements Nokia claims to have implemented in the Nokia X6, we will have to test it out for ourselves before we can crown a definitive winner.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia X6 vs Realme 1: Hardware Specifications, Software
The Oppo Realme 1 is powered by an octa-core Helio P60 clocked at 2.0GHz. Comparatively, both the Nokia X6 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kryo 260) SoC with an Adreno 509 GPU. For software, the Redmi Note 5 is still on Android 7.1 (Nougat) with MIUI 9.0. Both the Realme 1 and Nokia X6 are running Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, but the close to stock UI on the X6 is much more appealing than the awkward implementation of the FunTouch 5.0 on Realme 1.
Overall, the Nokia X6 has the better software + hardware combination when compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Realme 1. The Realme 1 does offer comparable raw performance, but the heavy UI and the lack of a fingerprint scanner makes it hard to recommend.
Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Nokia X6 vs Realme 1: Verdict
With all things considered, only the lesser priced variants of the Realme 1 present any valid appeal to consider it over the other two smartphones. If the Nokia 6X launches in India anywhere close to the expected pricing, then it has the potential to overthrow the Redmi Note 5 Pro and become the best budget phone in the market.