The Nokia 6.1 aka the Nokia 6 (2018) is an ambitious smartphone from the Finnish company. We say that because the smartphone relies on an older design language in this highly competitive market of bezel-less smartphones. But aside from this minor oversight, the smartphone still packs quite a punch considering the price bracket it falls in. Then we have the Oppo F7 and Huawei P20 Lite, both of which actually look the part of 2018 mid-range smartphones. So if you were uncertain as to which phone might be better worth the investment, look no further as we have a comprehensive evaluation of these three smartphones to help you decide which one you should go for.
Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) vs Oppo F7 vs Huawei P20 Lite: Price in India
The Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) comes in a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage package which can be currently obtained for Rs. 18,999. On the other hand, the Oppo F7 has to variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant that costs Rs. 21,180, and a 6GB + 128GB storage model priced at Rs. 26,990. Lastly, we have the 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage equipped Huawei P20 Lite that costs Rs.19,999.
Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) vs Oppo F7 vs Huawei P20 Lite: Display
The Nokia 6.1 (or the Nokia 6 2018 variant) comes with a 5.5-inch display that runs on an IPS LCD panel. The display offers a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at an aspect ratio of 16:9. It has a pixel density of 403ppi and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass. The Oppo F7 offers a 6.23-inch display that has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio. This display comes with a pixel density of 405ppi and also features Gorilla Glass protection. Comparatively, the Huawei P20 Lite has a 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and a pixel density of 432ppi. This is also a 19:9 aspect ratio screen but does not offer Gorilla Glass protection.
Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) vs Oppo F7 vs Huawei P20 Lite: Performance
The Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz. Comparatively, the Oppo F7 is fuelled by the MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor also clocked at 2.0Ghz, while the Huawei P20 Lite is equipped with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset (4 x 2.36GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53). In terms of software, all three devices do offer Android 8.0 Oreo, but only the Nokia 6.1 has the cleanest implementation while the other two have heavily modified skins baked on top.
Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) vs Oppo F7 vs Huawei P20 Lite: Camera
The Huawei P20 Lite is the only phone in this comparison with a dual camera setup at the rear comprised of a 16MP+2MP setup. Conversely, the Nokia 6.1 is equipped with a 16MP f/2.0 rear shooter, while the Oppo F7 has a 16MP f/1.8 sensor at the back. While all three phones can shoot 1080p videos at 30 frames per second, the Nokia 6.1 one-ups the competition by offering 4K video recording at 30fps.
For selfies, the Nokia 6.1 has an 8MP front-facing shooter. The Huawei P20 Lite has a better 16MP camera at the front which still looses to the 25MP front snapper of the Oppo F7.
Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) vs Oppo F7 vs Huawei P20 Lite: Verdict
This was a tough comparison as each phone has its own strengths and weaknesses. Performance was comparable across the board, but the Nokia 6.1 has the best software experience. The only real stand out feature of the Oppo F7 is the superior front-facing camera. We would not recommend this device as it doesn’t offer enough value even in its 4GB RAM variant, let alone the absurd pricing of the 6GB RAM model.
In the end, it comes down to the Huawei P20 Lite and the Nokia 6.1. The Nokia 6.1 has great potential with its excellent processors, clean software, and a decent rear camera capable of 4K video recording. It even is the cheapest among the three and would have won if not for the smaller screen and tame front camera.
If you are willing to live with the 16:9 aspect ratio screen and average front-facing shooter, then the Nokia 6.1 would be the phone for you. If you need an all-rounder with great performance and balanced camera setup, then the Huawei P20 Lite is the way to go.