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Nokia 6.1 Plus

Finally, a Nokia smartphone that makes it onto the list! Almost all of the Finnish company’s smartphones come with Android One, which makes the Nokia 6.1 Plus a suitable choice for those that are looking for a stock Android experience.

It’s not really feature-packed per se, but Nokia has made a device that certainly has its market among users. A glass and metal body lends itself to a premium feel for the 6.1, although you get a relatively small (5.8″) Full HD+ display. The Snapdragon 636 under the hood is comparatively powerful in the midrange, but the device’s battery is small by today’s standards—3,060mAh.

4GB of RAM is right about par, and you’ll be glad to know that the device can be charged via USB-C, and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge (up to 3.0). It falls a little short with the camera setup, with a dual-camera setup at the rear—6MP+5MP—and a 16MP selfie camera that’s housed in a large notch.

Not the best Android One device on this list, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is hampered by the small battery, unfortunately. But if you’re still looking for a vanilla Android experience and you want to stay away from Chinese smartphone makers (for whatever reason), it’s an option.

If you’re thinking of picking one up, I’ve noticed that while Nokia’s flagship store on Lazada retails the 6.1 Plus at RM1,149, you can pick up the device on Shopee from retailer DirectD for under RM1,000 (see links below).

Nokia 6.1 Plus—4GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,149

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Nokia retailers

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