Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2: To upgrade or not?

It has just been some days since we reviewed the Nokia 6.1 here on MobilityArena and then its upgrade, the Nokia 6.2, shows up to pay us a visit Of course, a Nokia 6.1 vs Nokia 6.2 comparison became an inevitability. There was no way we could resist it.

How much of an upgrade is it? Are there any compromises in the 2019 model? Of course, being from 2018, the Nokia 6.1 costs less than its fresher sibling, but our review showed that it is still very much capable a year after its release.

Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2
Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2: what happened to the Zeiss branding?

Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2 Comparison Table

Here is a quick comparison table to help you see how these two Nokia smartphones stand side by side. For the purpose of this comparison, we are using the specs of the higher variant of each model.

Nokia 6.1Nokia 6.2
5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 ratio IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 36.3 inches, 2246 x 1080 pixels, 19:9 ratio IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3, HDR10
Released on Android 8; now on Android 9 Pie; Android 10 update on the wayReleased with Android 9 Pie; upgradeable to Android 10 and 11
Octa-core Snapdragon 630, 2.2 GHz (14 nm)Octa-core Snapdragon 636, 1.8 GHz (14 nm)
8MP selfie camera8MP selfie camera
16 MP rear camera with Zeiss optics, LED flash16 + 5 MP + 8 MP rear camera with LED flash
32 GB internal storage + hybrid microSD slot, up to 256 GB64 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 512 GB
4 GB RAM4 GB RAM
3000 mAh battery + 18W fast charging3500 mAh battery + 10W fast charging
₦59,000 ($166)₦72,000 ($203)

In addition, while the Nokia 6.1 has a Series 6000 Aluminium body, the 6.2 has a glass sandwich body. The former has a nice solid feel, while the latter is slippery. Glass is sexier and trendier in 2019, but we suspect it is not as durable. It has Gorilla Glass protection though, so it just might not be as fragile as it looks. If you handle your smartphone the way most people do, I recommend that you get a protective case for your Nokia 6.2.

Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2: What is better on the 6.1?

nokia 6.1 review on mobilityarena back side

The 6000 series aluminum unibody of the Nokia 6.1 is a superb piece of work, and I would take it over the glass sandwich body of its more recent sibling. It is beautiful and also more durable.

I suspect that most other people will disagree, but the wioder 16:9 aspect ratio of the display is much more comfortable for me, especially with the smaller size. No stretching to reach the top of the display.

Lastly, 18W fast charging is a much sweeter deal than the 10W charging technology that is on the 6.2.

Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2: What’s better on the 6.2?

Nokia 6.2 rear triple camera - no zeiss branding
The Nokia 6.2’s round camera island does not have Zeiss branding

The Nokia 6.2 has a bigger, taller, narrower display, which is more in line with 2019 trends. that display also has HDR10, making it capable of handling higher quality content.

The triple camera at the back is a much better camera than that of its predecessor. Having used the cameras of both phones, it is clear that the lack of a Zeiss branding on the 6.2 does not put it in bad light beside the 6.1.

The Snapdragon 636 processor is more capable too, though clocked slightly lower. But in use, the Nokia 6.2 definitely runs more smoothly than the 6.1.

In terms of internal storage, you get double what the Nokia 6.1 offers, and you get double the memory card capacity too. Plus it is a dedicated card slot, so you can use 2 SIM cards in the phone along with a memory card.

The 6.2 also has USB On-The-Go, meaning you can connect a USB accessory e.g. a flash drive, to it for use. And the battery is bigger than too, though fast charge technology is the first generation type. I wish HMD Global didn’t downgrade the charging speed, but I will takle 10W fast charge with a 3500mAh battery than 18W fast charge with a 3000mAh unit.

Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2: Conclusion

The Nokia 6.2 is a distinctly solid upgrade to the 6.1, no question about that. Pound for pound, it offers more features and a much better experience than its predecessor. If you have ₦72,000 to spend, go for it.

But if you are on a slightly lower budget and cannot afford the 6.2 but want a phone with the stock Android experience and guaranteed software updates, the Nokia 6.1 is a beautiful, well crafted piece of work.

And so, here we are at the end of our Nokia 6.1 vs Nokia 6.2 comparison.

Nokia 6.1 Vs Nokia 6.2: More Resources

Have a look through the specs sheets and reviews for more details about these two smartphones.

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