Nokia 6.1 Plus launched in Nepal and Pakistan; Available offline too!

Nokia Mobile has further expanded the availability of Nokia 6.1 Plus (a.k.a Nokia X6). The device is extending further into the Indian subcontinent with sales starting in Nepal and Pakistan. The price of Nokia 6.1 Plus in Pakistan and Nepal is slightly higher than that in India, but it is still close to the pricing from Hong Kong.

Nokia 6.1 Plus price in Pakistan: For Pakistan buyers, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will cost 35,800 in Pakistan Rupees. The device is available for purchase via Advance Telecom’s offline stores as well as their website. The phone is available in Blue and White color variants.

Nokia 6.1 Plus in Pakistan at Advance TelecomNokia 6.1 Price in Nepal: In case of Nepal, the pricing is slightly higher. But that’s for every other thing sold in Nepal due to higher taxes. The device will retail for a MRP of 37,635 NPR. Given the fact that it is the maximum retail price, expect the prices to be slightly lower as the stores will discount it from their own margins. For example, the MRP of Nokia 6.1 Plus in India is 17,600 INR, but sells for 15,999.

Nokia 6.1 Plus launched in nepal

Nokia 6.1 Plus is already one of the best-selling Nokia Android smartphone. That’s all because of the attractive pricing coupled with the great specifications and the design. This is exactly something that Nokia needed to gain some traction. The Nokia 5.1 Plus will also join it soon to further push the Nokia brand to the masses.

Thanks to Viccky for the tip!

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Updated: Nokia 6.1 Plus gets August update in India; Adds stability, but removes the ability to hide the notch

Nokia Mobile is pushing the first main software update to the recently launched Nokia 6.1 Plus. Users in India are reporting (at Nokia community) the arrival of a 380MB software update which mentions just two things in the change-log: 1. Improved system stability & 2. Update Google security patch 2018-08. The update is likely kicked off yesterday i.e. 1st of September but it is also possible that the update was already pushed and the users have just now started receiving the deliveries of the phone.

It’s just the start of September and the August update is pretty late. Anyhow, better late than never. Hopefully the September update will arrive faster. If the update is coming from the collected feedback, it should also be addressing the little camera lag and add some improvements to the ambient light sensor.

I’m yet to hear positive sides of the update from the Nokia 6.1 Plus users. However, complaints are flowing in from the users who do not like the “notch”. Apparently, the update removed the software setting (status bar style) to hide the notch. This won’t affect many who are happy (I’m assuming they are) with the notch, but some who do not like it are definitely speaking out now.

Update: Laura, the moderator at Nokia Community said (via Nokia Community) that the removal of notch hide option is per the requirement set by Google. No idea why would Google have such a requirement, but if that’s true, it is very alarming as we cannot expect even basic level of customization in our Nokia phones.

Update 2: Juho Sarvikas tweeted that the option to hide the notch (status bar style) will be re-introduced on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Probably in a future software release and that would likely be September security patch. However, unless that happens, it’s just words.

Other than that, another Google app has been forcefully pushed to the device. This time it is Files Go, which replaces the previous simple file manager called “files”. Files Go is a nice app which can help clear unwanted images from the device, but I have some problems with the way Google forces its apps. Files Go is not a replacement to a proper file manager.

Another thing I feel is that the change-log should reflect most visual changes which are made to the OS. Hiding everything behind a security or stability tag is a weird scenario since the users do not get to know what exactly is expected to change with the update. Nokia Mobile should try to keep the change-log more clear.

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HMD Global acquires “Pureview” trademark; Files for “PureDisplay” & “Face unlock”

An exciting chain of events is going on in the world of Nokia. HMD Global, the company behind the return of Nokia phones, has recently made a bunch of trademark applications. It all kicked off with HMD Global acquiring the “Pureview” trademark from Microsoft. Remember the Nokia 808 or the Lumia 1020? They used a signature camera setup which combined multiple pixel data into one. The trademark was sold to Microsoft during the sale of Nokia D&S.

Next up, HMD Global has made applications to trademark (or secure) the “PureDisplay” and “Face Unlock” terms. “PureDisplay” can be Nokia’s take on a new type of display that does something differently. Not that they cannot use a trademark to brand just a normal display, but I have a feeling that they will add something new to the display tech (or how the display looks) which will justify the tagline. How about a display with no “notch” cutouts and a fingerprint reader underneath it? That’s what we are expecting from Nokia 9 or A1P.

PureDisplay Trademark status by HMD Global Nokia

Face Unlock is a generic term and I’ll be really surprised if HMD Global is granted a trademark for it. But that does tell us that the device will make use of it can feature a face unlock algorithm which will be better than the Smart Lock feature which is currently present on Android One phones. This could be done by relying on a dedicated sensor rather than just the front camera.

Face Unlock trademark filing status by Nokia HMD Global

Do note that both these trademarks are filed and not yet granted. The status of Face Unlocks says that it is under examination, while for the Pure Display is simply filed. It will still take some time for the trademark to be granted, if the authorities are satisfied. That said, HMD can start using those names already without waiting for trademark to be granted.

All of these cool things should start from the top of the line and then some features should trickle down to the more affordable options. So, we can all start expecting a Nokia flagship at this point. Which one will it be? The Nokia 9, together with an affordable Nokia Phoenix? Meanwhile, here’s a video (thanks NokiaMob) from the good old days which explains the Nokia’s PureMotion display functioned. I remember watching it multiple times in the past and now my memories are refreshed!

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Nokia 7 Plus bags the “Consumer smartphone of the year” award from EISA

Nokia 7 plus is one of the best creations from the house of HMD Global. The smartphone has won many hearts, offering a great value in the higher mid-range segment. The device so loved by the consumers across the globe has also got some love from EISA. The Nokia 7 plus is awarded as the “Best Consumer Smartphone” for the year 2018-2019.

For the unaware, EISA stands for “Expert Image and Sound Association”. NokiaMob went a little bit into the history to remind us that the last Nokia smartphone which bagged an EISA award was the the camera powerhouse Nokia 808 Pureview. The Nokia 808 grabbed the award as “Mobile Photo Achievement” back in 2012.

The Nokia 7 Plus is undoubtedly a great device. It just checks so many boxes that there is not much to complain about. Looking forward to see more great phones from Nokia 🙂

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HMD offers users to see their stored data and request deletion

GDPR, the biggest data privacy requirement change brought in by the EU has effect on most of the companies having their customers in Europe. That has an equal impact on HMD Global, which is registered in Finland, and has customers spread all over the globe.

Following the guidelines of the GDPR and the customer’s right to be forgotten, HMD Global now has a dedicated web form. The web form provides a Nokia user with access to all the details that HMD has stored about him. The user can download it and can also request for the deletion of the collected data.

Download or Delete data - Nokia phones

There’s not much private data that HMD collects from the user. So, for most users, the results will bring the details from the Nokia phones account, community, developer preview, beta program, newsletters and some other services wherein the email is provided.

HMD Global - Collected data

This is a definite welcome step and I am glad that HMD is following the requirements of GDPR. I do, however, feel that they could have better presented the collected data. The current display seems to show it how it appears in the various database tables, which might not be the best way to present it.

You can view your collected data by filling this web-form and clicking on the link in your email.

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The devolution of this key feature of WhatsApp will prevent mob-lynching in India

There are plenty of reports surface almost every day here in India about mob-lynching. The disastrous event does not entirely thrive on social media like WhatsApp, other catalysts occasionally play a critical role. In the wake of these chaotic events, both the Indian Government and WhatsApp have taken some steps to lessen the activities which…

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Nokia 6.1 plus launched in Hong Kong w/ Android One for 2288 HKD

Nokia Mobile has today launched the Nokia X6 as the Nokia 6.1 Plus in the Hong Kong market. It seems the previous report about the Nokia X6’s Hong Kong launch was extremely accurate. The device can be called the successor to the Nokia 6.1 with a larger (and notched) display.

Product codes: The international variant seems to carry the following product codes – TA-1103, TA-1083, TA-1116. There will be minor variations across the product codes such as for carrier bands.

Similar hardware + Android One

Nokia has made the few alterations as we expected from the global device. The Nokia 6.1 plus runs on Android One software (Android Oreo 8.1). The hardware is all the same. There is the same glass-sandwich design with a 5.8-inch 19:9 display on the front, both wrapped around a solid aluminum frame. The dual 16MP + 5MP cameras sit on the back of the device.

The headphone jack is intact, so is the fingerprint scanner at the back. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor and comes with 64GB of onboard storage. Unfortunately, NFC support is not included. Nokia has also skipped the blue color option in the Hong Kong. The device only comes in black and white.

Key hardware specifications

  • Display: 2.5D 5.8-inch FHD+ display – 432PPI with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
    19.9 display aspect ratio | 93% body covered in glass
  • Primary camera: 16MP + 5MP dual real camera with HDR and EIS
  • Front camera: 16MP front camera for selfies
  • Processor: Snapdragon 636 processor
  • Storage: 64GB storage with 4GB RAM | Expendable to 400GB using MicroSD
  • Security: Face recognition, fingerprint scanner
  • AI powered camera for enchaining the image by understanding the scene
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0,
  • Battery: 3060mAh
  • Colors: Black, White

Price & Availability

Nokia is only bringing the Nokia 6.1 plus in 4GB + 64 GB option to the Hong Kong. On the other hand, they offer the X6 in different storage and RAM variations.

The device will retail for $2288 (HKD) | ~$292 (USD) | ~Rs. 20,00 (INR). It will be available for purchase from Tuesday, 24th of July.

The price is bumped up from what we have seen for the Nokia X6 in China. Pricing wise, the device somehow manages to find its spot between the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 plus.

Some photos

Here are some images (from Engadget), shared in a Nokia Group. The Android One logo looks elegant sitting under the glass. The good thing is that we no longer see the Designed by HMD Global and other details, hence making the branding look simple and clear.

Nokia X6 front
Nokia X6
Nokia X6 black and White with Android One

Get even more details at the official Nokia website.

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Nokia Mobile teases the launch of Nokia X6 w/ Android One in Taiwan

Taiwan seems to be the first market to receive the Nokia X6 after China. There were reports that the Nokia X6 will launch in Hong Kong on July 19th, however, it seems that it is Taiwan where the phone will make its first global appearance. The launch can take place as soon as tomorrow, July 19th. Update: The phone (Nokia 6.1 plus) is launched in Hong Kong as per the original schedule. The Taiwan launch should happen in the month of August.

The official Facebook page of Nokia Mobile for Taiwan has today posted a teaser with the Nokia X6 and the Android One logo. Nokia phones in China do not run on Android One. So, this is definitely the first global appearance of Nokia X6. The photo is also captioned appropriately as “This time Nokia is going to take you to the tide this summer”.

Nokia X6 Taiwan

 

The report from Hong Kong also mentioned that the Nokia X6 will launch as Nokia 6.1 Plus in other markets. The phone features a 5.9-inch display with the infamous notch. That said, the notch is much smaller than the one we saw on the Nokia X5 which launched today.

Stay tuned for latest updates on Nokia X6 and all other things Nokia!

Thank you, Lydia for sending this in! 🙂

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Android P DP3 starts rolling to the Nokia 7 plus (OTA available too)

Nokia Mobile has started the rollout of Android P DP3 (beta 3) build to the Nokia 7 plus users. Nokia 7 plus is the only Nokia device participating in the Android P preview and it is good to see Nokia Mobile offering the latest builds (although they are a little slow about it).

The new build bumps the version to V3.110 from the V2.13B in the beta 2. Another good thing is that starting this time, Nokia Mobile is also offering the update via OTA. So, if you are already on DP2 (beta 2), then you can simply check for updates in the settings to receive it, hence saving yourself from downloading the package and sideloading via ADB.

Android P DP3 for Nokia 7 plus

The full package is B2N-3110-0-00WW-B03-update and can be downloaded off Nokia Developer website. You can downgrade to Oreo at any point by using the downgrade package which is also available on the Nokia Developer website.

Update: Here’s how the OTA update notification looks like.


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KaiOS gains WhatsApp support, thanks to Reliance Jio

KaiOS, the OS which powers the Nokia 8110 and a few other feature phones is getting WhatsApp support. The news comes alongside the launch of JioPhone 2 in India. KaiOS on JioPhone will also support Facebook and YouTube.

WhatsApp is one of the most widely used chat service. The WhatsApp version on KaiOS may have certain limitations similar to those found on WhatsApp for Nokia Asha phones. It is due to the fact that feature phones running KaiOS have a limited amount of storage & RAM and also a weaker processor.

HMD’s CPO, Juho Sarvikas shared the original tweet by KaiOS, mentioning the Nokia 8110 aka Banana phone. So, there are high chances that the Nokia 8110 will also be able to install WhatsApp via the KaiOS store.

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