Redmi Note 6 Pro: 5 Reasons the Nokia 6.1 Plus Stays Behind the Upcoming Xiaomi Phone

The Nokia 6.1 Plus was the device that finally helped HMD Global crack the Indian market, but the affordable Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4 AI cameras and a huge battery will outshine it easily.


The affordable mid-ranger Nokia 6.1 Plus (review) has proven to be a popular device in India, selling out like hot cakes during flash sales. With its 5.8-inch Full HD+ notched display, octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor, dual rear camera system, and 16MP selfie shooter, HMD Global managed to hit the sweet spot without compromising on quality. Like other bigwigs, the company had been trying its luck in India, and the Nokia 6.1 Plus seemed to hit the nail on the head. However, with the impending arrival of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, are the glory days of the Nokia 6.1 Plus over in India?

What Gives The Redmi Note 6 Pro An Edge Over The Nokia 6.1 Plus?

The Pocket-Friendly 3GB RAM variant: Xiaomi is a no-frills company, providing the customers just what they need at price points that are digestible. The base variant of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is expected to come with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory. Compared to the price tag of the Nokia 6.1 Plus with 4GB of RAM that price in India of Rs. 15,999, the base variant of Xiaomi’s upcoming device is poised to be a bigger hit in the price-sensitive Indian market, with an expected price of Rs. 10,999.

The Dual Selfie Camera: Ticking off all the right boxes, Xiaomi seems to be going in for the kill with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The one thing that matters nearly as much as the price to an Indian customer, is the camera. Xiaomi is putting the notch to good use, housing two selfie cameras instead of one, making the Nokia 6.1 with its single selfie camera look pale in comparison. The AI dual front camera system comprises a 20MP primary lens and a 2MP secondary camera for collecting depth information, promising better selfies.

Better Battery: The inclusion of a 4000mAh battery in the affordable Redmi Note 6 Pro is another game changer. In comparison, the Nokia 6.1 Plus packs in only a 3060mAh battery, which would have been decent had Xiaomi not changed the game.

More Colour Variants: Now that we are past the specifications, let’s talk about the aesthetics. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is available in just three, and dare I say, boring colours: black, blue, and white. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro will not only be available in the standard Black colour, but there would also be the effervescent Pink, Blue, and Red variants.

The Presence Of IR blaster: The Redmi Note 6 Pro is shaping up to be the gift that keeps on giving. Unlike the Nokia 6.1 Plus, the phone also comes with an IR blaster. With most phones phasing out the IR blaster, it still continues to be incredibly useful as it transforms your phone into a universal remote for controlling various electronic devices.

Redmi Note 6 Pro Other Specifications, Features

The Redmi Note 6 Pro flaunts a large 6.26-inch full-HD+IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2280×1080 and a form factor of 19:9. It’s being touted Xiaomi’s first smartphone with four AI cameras, two on the front, and two on the back (12MP +5MP).

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC, and will be available in the following storage variants: 4GB or 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB of internal memory, and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of onboard storage.

Redmi Note 6 Pro Price In India

Launched in select locations only, the phone hasn’t made it to India yet so at best, we can speculate the price at which the phone will be sold in India. The 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs. 15,844, so we can expect the price to be more or less the same in India.

Since a dual-selfie camera phone promising a large battery life at a lucrative price is hard to resist, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is bound to do well in India. The Nokia 6.1 Plus remains a good attempt by HMD Global to penetrate price-sensitive markets, but Redmi Note 6 Pro is shaping up to be a better attempt.

While we wait for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, check out why the Nokia 6.1 is a better choice than the Moto G6 Plus: