Nokia 6.1 Plus Sold Out in Seconds During First Sale; Next Sale Date is September 6 on Flipkart

The first sale for the Nokia 6.1 Plus began at 12 pm today on Flipkart and Nokia e-store.

Nokia 6.1 Plus

The new mid-range smartphone from Nokia called Nokia 6.1 Plus went on sale in India for the first time today, and in no time was found sold out. This is not entirely surprising, as the phone had already garnered quite a lot of attention. The Android One mobile comes with a notched display and was revealed last week, alongside the lower-end Nokia 5.1 Plus, which did not go on sale yet.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Sold Out

The first sale for the Nokia 6.1 Plus began at 12 pm today on Flipkart and Nokia e-store. The handset was announced alongside its sibling Nokia 5.1 Plus on August 21, and was launched earlier in China as the Nokia X6. Since today was the first sale and a flash type at that, the stocks were limited and the handset sold out in minutes. However, the next sale will begin on September 6, i.e. next Thursday. 

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Price in India

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a rebranded Nokia X6 as sold in China, and the smartphone comes in at a decent budget pricing. HMD Global has launched only the 4GB RAM variant in India, with 64GB of internal storage, and in Black and Blue colours. The handset comes with a price tag of Rs 15,999. It will go on another flash sale at 12 pm the next Thursday.

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Specifications & Features

The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a nice 5.8-inch Full HD+ display made in the notched display design with 19:9 aspect ratio, with the notch being really small. The front side features super thin bezels and a curved glass, with a small chin at the bottom, and the fingerprint sensor goes on the rear panel. The rear panel is also 2.5D curved glass, and the handset gets metallic accents on the rear panel around the fingerprint sensor and the dual camera, as do several new Nokia smartphones.

The dual rear camera is 16MP+5MP and the front camera is 16MP, with artificial intelligence making the cameras quite capable. You can live stream on social media without having to exit the camera app, pick from a host of filters and stickers, and take portrait images with bokeh effect in the selfie camera as well. All three sensors on the phone use large pixels, while the 16MP sensors on both the front and rear have a wide f/2.0 aperture. The rear LED flash is dual-tone.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor paired to a 4GB RAM, and you can stretch the 64GB internal storage to 400GB via microSD card, but you can’t use two SIM cards then. Since the handset is launched under the Android One programme, it offers a clean stock Android experience and will be among the first smartphones to get the upgrade from Android Oreo to the new Android 9 Pie with gesture navigation.  

Connectivity wise too the Nokia 6.1 Plus impresses well. It comes equipped with a Type-C USB, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi, and A-GPS, but misses out on NFC. The battery is 3,060 mAh but the handset has QuickCharge 3.0 support, so it will draw power in very little time.

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Coming from a background in journalism, Sharjeel (not Ahmed) is curious about consumer technology. He thinks Xiaomi is taking over the world, and he is excited about it. He has written feature stories and news reports for Telangana Today, Times of India, Metro India, and a couple of other publications. He tweets at @Sharjeel314, and writes short fiction when armtwisted by his wife.