• Nokia X6 will be rebranded as Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One in India
  • Even the Nokia X5 is expected to be retailed as Nokia 5.1 Plus 

Finnish major HMD Global Oy, the official licensee of Nokia brand has hinted that it will host a product launch event in India later this month.

The company's official Twitter handle Nokia Mobile India has kicked off a social media campaign inviting fans to participate in the contest and share their best Nokia phone experience and the lucky winners, which will be picked through the lottery will stand a chance to attend the launch programme.

"Simply tell us about your favourite Nokia smartphone experience. The most creative 50 entries will be chosen as the winners." says the Nokia mobile India website.

Interested readers can apply for the contest by entering the favourite phone experience and submit the communication mode. If selected, they will receive the invite via mail.

So, which phone HMD Global Oy is planning to bring to India?

In the last couple of weeks, the company has released Nokia X6 global variant dubbed as the Nokia 6.1 Plus Android One in Hong Kong and Taiwan and we believe it is on the way to India.

It can also be noted that just a few days ago, the Nokia 6.1 Plus user guide PDF file with India region-specific Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) details surfaced online, hinting that HMD Global will soon be bringing the Android One phone sooner than anticipated.

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HMD Global Oy confirmed to host product launch event in India in August. Will it unveil Nokia X6 aka Nokia 6.1 Plus or the Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 PlusNokia Mobile India/Twitter (screen-grab)

For those unaware, SAR is an expression of the amount of radio frequency (RF) power deposited in the head or body when the device is transmitting signals.

Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch full HD+ screen with an iPhone X-like notch on the top, which houses a 16MP front camera with facial recognition feature. On the back, it comes with metallic shell, vertically aligned dual-camera and fingerprint sensor below it.

Under-the-hood, Nokia 6.1 Plus 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.

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

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 recognizing 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 it adjusts 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.

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

There is also a possibility that HMD Global might also reveal the Nokia X5 global model aka Nokia 5.1 Plus' price and release it in the following month so that Nokia 6.1 Plus gets enough store shelf life to delay the latter's sale getting cannibalised by the former.

For the uninitiated, the Nokia X5 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.

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

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

Key specifications of Nokia X6 and Nokia X5:

Model Nokia X6 aka Nokia 6.1 Plus Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus
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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