Nokia 6.1 Plus starts selling in Kenya – notch and all

5 months since it was first unveiled in China, where it goes by the name Nokia X6, and just over 2 months since it started showing up outside China with a new name, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has officially started selling in the country today.

This is happening at a time when it has just become apparent that the Nokia X7, which will be known as the Nokia 7.1 Plus to the rest of the world, is headed to China.

According to a statement from HMD Global’s local office, the device is retailing at Kshs 31,900 across the country.

Like the rest of the HMD Global Nokia-branded smartphones released into the Kenyan market this year, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One smartphone.

Simply put, that means that it arrives with software that is as close as possible to Google’s vision of Android with little in the way of its maker’s additions to the software experience. This also means that the Nokia 6.1 Plus, as has been the case with the other Nokia smartphones, will be among the first smartphones in line to receive the monthly security updates from Google as well as new versions of Android throughout its support period. In fact, according to the statement from HMD Global, “The Nokia 6.1 Plus will stay fresh over time with three years of monthly security patches and two years of guaranteed OS (operating system) updates after launch.”

The Nokia 6.1 Plus arrives running Android Oreo which is to say that it is in line to receive the Android Pie update soon – hopefully by the turn of the year.

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The device’s standout feature, and I hate to say this, is its 19:9 5.8-inch display which is accentuated by a cut-out at the very top marking the first instance where HMD Global has brought a device with a notch to the Kenyan market.

It has a dual-camera setup at the back with the extra lens being for capturing all the added depth details. The camera also incorporates HMD Global’s signature “bothie” camera feature as well as Artificial Intelligence smarts, as is becoming common with devices released this year.

Specifications of the device are as follows:

  • Display: 5.8-inch Full HD+
  • Camera: Main 16 MP + 5 MP; Secondary 16 MP
  • Processor: Snapdragon 636
  • Memory: 4GB RAM; 64 GB internal storage (expandable up to 400GB)
  • Operating System: Android 8.1, Oreo
  • Battery: 3,060mAh
  • Network: 3G, 4G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
  • Others: Dual-SIM

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is available in Gloss Black and Gloss Midnight Blue. It looks like the Gloss White colour variant, which is listed on Nokia’s website (and the Gloss Black, coincidentally, isn’t) didn’t make it to Kenya. That’s quite a pity since it’s really gorgeous, no matter your opinion on white phones.

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