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Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Honor Play: Specs Comparison

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Since HMD Global’s intervention, Nokia’s smartphone business has been brought back to life. If you haven’t following them recently, the legendary tech company have been coming up with really interesting smartphones lately.

One of them is the new Nokia 6.1 Plus — a new midrange device that offers a bunch of features that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Other than its capable specs, the Nokia 6.1 Plus also brags a premium design, which is a staple feature to most of Nokia’s new releases under HMD Global.

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Are capable specs and good looks enough to make this device your top option? Well, here in our Nokia 6.1 Plus versus Honor Play specifications comparison, we’ll be stacking up Nokia’s latest release to one of the most sought-after devices in the industry today.

If you checked out our full review of the Honor Play, you know how much we praised its solid performance, build, and reliable battery life. These make Honor’s current superstar a good benchmark to today’s midrange devices. So if you’re curious how the Nokia 6.1 Plus compare to the Honor Play, go check out our comparison below to learn more.

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 Nokia 6.1 PlusHonor Play
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Android One
Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Hybrid
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Hybrid
Display5.8-inch FHD+ IPS
2280 x 1080 pixel resolution
~435ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~409ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core
RAM4GB4GB
GPUAdreno 509Mali-G72 MP12
GPU Turbo technology
Storage64GB
expandable via microSD up to 400GB
64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera16-megapixel
f/2.0
16-megapixel
3D Portrait Lighting
Rear Camera16-megapixel (f/2.0) +
5-megapixel (monochrome, f/2.2)
PDAF
AI scene detection
Bothie
dual-LED flash
16-megapixel +
2-megapixel
PDAF
f/2.2
AI scene detection
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone Jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone Jack
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM Radio
NFC
USB Type-C
Dimensions147.2 x 71 x 8.6mm157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm
Weight151g176g
ColorsWhite
Black
Blue
Midnight Black
Navy Blue
Violet
Battery3,060mAh
non-removable
Quick Charge 3.0
3,750mAh
non-removable
Fast charging
PricePhp15,990Php15,990

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I guess it’s evident who’s the winner here. While Nokia’s efforts are highly appreciated, the incredible value that the Honor Play brings for the price has definitely revolutionized the midrange smartphone landscape as we know it.

The two have an identical set of specs, but the Honor Play’s most obvious win is the processor that it runs on. Honor did the unimaginable and placed a flagship-level processor, the Kirin 970, in a budget-friendly smartphone.

For a perspective, this is the same chip found on the Huawei P20 Pro, which is almost two times its price. On the other hand, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a chipset that’s actually quite good as it’s common to devices that are in its league.

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As if it weren’t enough, the Honor Play is also compatible with Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology, which drastically improves the device’s performance in select games.

Despite already having a more powerful processor, the Honor Play was still able to overtake the Nokia 6.1 Plus in some areas. For one, it has a 3,750mAh battery is juicier than the 3,060mAh battery of the latter. It also has a larger 6.3-inch FHD+ screen, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus settles at 5.8-inches.

See also: OPPO F9 vs Samsung Galaxy A7 2018: Specs Comparison

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But to Nokia’s credit, their offering comes with a better-looking design. This thing is sandwiched in glass and is being held by a sturdy metal frame. The handset also has a Bothie feature, which is unique to Nokia’s devices. It basically allows the user to use the front and rear cameras at the same time, so you can capture two moments at once.

Lastly, the device’s Android One software and Nokia’s commitment to delivering software updates makes this handset futureproof. It was recently announced that the Android 9 Pie beta for the Honor Play has already been released, so we also don’t have to question Honor’s after-sales support.

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So, if you can get your hands on it (as it’s unsurprisingly always out of stock), go with the Honor Play. With the same price of Php15,990, this device provides more bang-for-your-buck than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. But if you to try the new offering from the mobile brand we all know and love, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is not a bad choice either.

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  1. Configuration wise Honor phones looks better than Nokia. However I guess Nokia has bigger brand value when it brand comparison. Both are same priced, but with better features I think Honer wins this battle.

    Thanks for sharing, have a great day. :)

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