For the past few days, HMD Global Oy has been teasing the impending launch of a new phone in India on August 21. It has now got interesting with the latest teaser campaigns as the company is hinting at the release of not one but two mobiles.

E-commerce partner Flipkart has opened a dedicated Nokia phone page with two hashtag campaigns — Bring It On and Two Of A Kind.

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Nokia's Bring It On ad on Flipkart website.Flipkart Website (Screen-grab)

In the first clip, a silhouette of a mysterious phone is shown with light caressing on the edges and in the second, it has roped in popular Bollywood music composer team Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

They play the music of Beethoven and Mozart, and at the end of the commercial video, Shankar announces that two phones from Nokia are coming soon to Flipkart - probably hinting that Nokia X6 and X5 might make their debut.

Nokia, Flipkart, Two of a Kind
Nokia Two of A Kind ad on Flipkart hints Nokia X6 and X5 series might make their debut in India on August 21.Flipkart Website (Screen-grab)

Why Nokia X6 and X5 are Two Of A Kind?

Well, for starters, Nokia X6 and X5 series have identical design language and are completely different from rest of the Nokia phones available in the market. They flaunt FullView display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on the top similar to the Apple iPhone X.

On the back, it houses vertically aligned dual-camera module in the centre. We also believe that the company will announce the price of the devices on August 21, but release them in different timeline probably with a month's gap so that the first device gets enough time on the store shelf and not get cannibalised by its sibling.

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Nokia X6 global variant launched as Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One in Hong Kong.Nokia Hong Kong website (screen-grab)

But, they will be retailed with different monikers. Nokia X6 and Nokia X5 will be called Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus. Both the devices will be Google's Android One series phones and get Android Pie soon after launch. They might also receive the Android Q update in 2019.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch full HD+ screen and a 16MP front camera with facial recognition feature. On the back, it comes with metallic shell, vertically aligned dual-camera and fingerprint sensor.

Under-the-hood, Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core CPU, 4GB/6GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, a 3060mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Bluetooth v5.0 and other standard connectivity features.

The highlight of the device is its photography hardware. It boasts feature-rich Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered dual 16MP+5MP camera with dual-tone LED flash and is capable of recognising the type of the scene.

It is capable of detecting 13 different possible scenarios such as pets, flowers, human face, landscape, snowy conditions, night, food and more. For instance, if you are pointing the camera to a garden, it will intuitively know you are taking a picture of a flower and adjust the camera's focus and other settings to get the best possible image. Or if you are taking the photo outdoors, it will automatically set the camera mode to landscape and cover a wider area in the single frame.

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Affordable Apple iPhone X-inspired Android phone Nokia X5 launched in China.Nokia Mobile website China(screen-shot)

Even the 16MP front-camera boasts AI-selfie with background blur feature and funny stickers for face to share it on social media channels.

On the other hand, Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with 5.86-inch HD+ display with a notch on the top, which houses a front camera and a set of sensors. The screen is made of LCD and features 19:9 aspect ratio.

On the back, it boasts sturdy polycarbonate-based shell on it with an additional layer of the glass-like material top, to offer premium-like feel.

Under-the-hood, Nokia X5 houses MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core backed by 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB), Android Oreo and a 3,080mAh battery, which is more than enough to last a full day under mixed usage.

As far as the camera is concerned, it boasts 13MP+5MP dual shooters with LED flash on the back and an 8MP snapper on the front. With two cameras, the device offers Portrait Mode, which allows users to adjust the clarity of the scene behind the subject. Users can change focus on the background to get the Bokeh blur effect.

If HMD Global Oy launches both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus in India, which model will you go for? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Key specifications of Nokia X6 and Nokia X5:

Model Nokia X6 Nokia X5
Display 5.8-inch full HD+ (2280x1080p) screen with 19:9 aspect ratio with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 5.86-inch HD+ (1520x720) screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D glass cover on top
OS Android 8.1 Oreo (confirmed to get Android P later this year) Android Oreo
Processor 64-bit 14nm class 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core CPU MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core ( 2.0GHz Cortex A73 x 4 + 2.0GHz Cortex A53 x 4)
GPU Adreno 509 -----------
Storage 32GB/64GB + expandable up to 256GB 32GB/64GB + expandable up to 256GB
  • Main: 16MP RGB sensor (F2.0 aperture & 1.0µm pixel size) + 5MP Monochrome sensor (F2.2 aperture & 1.2µm pixel size) with dual-tone LED flash, AI portrait and scene recognition
  • Front: 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size , AI selfies with background blur, stickers and face unlock.
  • Main: 13MP (with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), F2.0 aperture) + 5MP (with depth of field lens), LED flash
  • Front: 8MP with F/2.2 aperture, 80.4-wide angle view
Battery 3,060mAh (3,000mAh) with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (0% to 50% charge within 30 minutes of charging) 3,060mAh
Network 4G-LTE with VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) 4G-LTE (Cat. 4.2) with Dual VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE)
Add-ons Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, hybrid dual-SIM slots (nano+nano or microSD), Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), Type C USB Port, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, Dual-SIM slots, fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), FM, A-GPRS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo,3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, Type C USB port
Dimensions 47.2 x 70.98 x 7.99~8.59 mm 149.51 x 71.98 x 8.096 mm
Weight 151g ------------
Colors Black, Blue and Silver Dark black, Glacier white and Baltic sea blue
Price (in China)
  • 4GB RAM+ 32GB storage:¥1299 (approx. $204/€173/Rs 13,841)
  • 4GB RAM +64GB storage: ¥1499 (roughly. $235/€199/Rs 15,972)
  • 6GB RAM+64GB storage: ¥1699 (around. $267/€226/ Rs 18,103)
  • 3GB RAM +32GB storage: ¥999 (approx. $149/128/10,191)
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: ¥1399 (approx. $208/179/14,270)

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