There was a shortage of Android One smartphones in the market just a few months ago. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case now. In the last few months only, we have witnessed a lot of phones which come with the Android One certification like Xiaomi Mi A2. Majorly, all the HMD Global releases have debuted in the market with the Android One tag, and they all offer quick security patches and latest Android updates. HMD Global also launched the new Nokia 6.1 Plus recently in the Indian market which is competing with Lenovo owned brand Motorola’s latest release, the Motorola One Power.
Both these phones almost retail at the same price, offer similar specifications, and both come with Android One certification. Packing these specs, both the phones land in some open competition. So if you are someone who would like stock Android and you’d also want to buy a phone with a mid-range price tag, this comparison between the Motorola One Power and Nokia 6.1 Plus is a must read.
Motorola One Power vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Design and Display
The overall design of both the phones is similar as they both come with the notch and edge to edge display with the branding on the lower side of the smartphone. However, there are some differences which are spotted on a closer look. While the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a much compact form factor with a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display, the Motorola One Power comes with a taller 6.2-inches Full HD+ display. The notch on the Motorola One Power is also a bigger one as compared to the one on Nokia 6.1 Plus.
The real differentiator between the two phones is in the rear panels. While the Motorola One Power comes with a metal back with edges which are carved out of plastic, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with glass back panel which has been cut out from Gorilla Glass 3 giving it a glossy and premium feel. The phone also surpasses its other similarly priced family members regarding design.
Motorola One Power vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Performance
In terms of hardware, both Motorola One Power and Nokia 6.1 Plus house the same Snapdragon 636 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. Given the similarity in specifications and hardware, both the phones are expected to perform similarly with the same smoothness and speed. Also, as we mentioned above, since both the phones come with stock Android and with Android One certification they are going to house the bloatware free software with the eligibility of receiving quick Android updates and monthly security patches.
The difference in hardware between both the phones is seen when we take a look at the SIM card slots of the phone. The Motorola One Power offers a dedicated microSD card slot, whereas the Nokia 6.1 Plus provides a hybrid SIM slot which allows for either a second SIM or a microSD card. There is a difference between the two phones in terms of speakers as well as the One Power offers dual speaker powered by Dolby Audio while the Nokia phone only comes with a single speaker grille. For security, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gives Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor, whereas the Motorola One Power only offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Another thing to note is that the Motorola One Power comes with a 5000mAh battery which the Nokia 6.1 Plus is not able to level.
Motorola One Power vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Camera
Both the phones are similar when it comes to the camera as well. There is a dual rear setup on both the phones which consists of a 16MP + 5MP sensor pair. The sensor comes with a f/1.8 aperture on the Motorola One Power, whereas it comes with a f/2.0 aperture in the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The camera modules differ on the front, as the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a 16MP shooter whereas the Motorola One Power comes with a 12MP module.
Motorola One Power vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Verdict
Given that both the phones level each other in almost all areas, it is possible that consumers will have a hard time deciding between the two. However, the significant points of difference between the two phones are going to be design and battery. If you are someone who would like to have a device which fashions premium look and feel, Nokia 6.1 Plus is the smartphone you should go for. However, if you don’t mind having a phone with a mediocre design but want your device to last for a day or two without having to worry for the battery, then Motorola One Power would be a much better buy.
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.