2018 is a year which brought mid-range smartphones at a considerably higher level. Even affordable handsets started being innovative and, for many users, it is no more necessary to get a flagship in order to have a perfect phone for their needs. In this article, we will compare Moto G6 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus, and Oppo F9 Pro as we think they are among the handsets able to offer most surprises when it comes to save money and get a device under $300/$350. After reading the comparison, you can let us know which one would you buy in the comment box below.
Moto G6 Plus vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Oppo F9 Pro
|Motorola Moto G6 Plus||Nokia 6.1 Plus||Oppo F9 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||160 x 75.5 x 8 mm||147.2 x 71 x 8 mm, 151 grams||156.7 x 74 x 8 mm, 169 grams|
|DISPLAY||5.9 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, IPS LCD||5.8 inches, 1080 x 2280p (Full HD+), 432 ppi, 19:9 ratio, IPS LCD||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 409 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, LTPS IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz||MediaTek Helio P60, octa-core 2 GHz|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One||Android 8.1 Oreo, Color OS 5.2|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 12 + 5 MP f/1.7
8 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Dual 16 + 5 MP f/2.0
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 16 + 2 MP f/1.8
25 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast Charging 15W
Fast Charging Quick Charge 3.0
|3500 mAh, Fast Charging 5V / 4A 20 W (VOOC Flash Charge)|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, splash resistant||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
Before releasing the Find X this year, Oppo kept releasing upper-midrange handsets instead of flagships for 4 years. That is why even Oppo mid-rangers have a flagship-like design, and that is why we suggest you get an Oppo F9 Pro if you want the best look. It offers a tri-borderless design with a small waterdrop notch and a very narrow chin, as well as an elegant glass back which is available in gradient color variants. In the second place, there is Nokia 6.1 Plus: it boasts a notch as well, just a little bigger, and a glass back; but it is less attractive than its opponent. In my opinion, Moto G6 Plus is the worst one in terms of design, but it is splash resistant.
When it comes to displays, it is not easy to choose a winner because these devices have similar displays both on the paper and in daily use. Moto G6 Plus and Oppo F9 Pro have a wider screen (note that 18:9 displays are bigger than 19:9 displays with the same diagonal), while Nokia 6.1 Plus is more compact and easy to use with one hand. I would personally choose Oppo F9 Pro due to its high surface and its great viewing quality, but the other twos are not so distant in terms of display quality.
Hardware & Software
The device I like the most for its hardware and software sides is Nokia 6.1 Plus. First of all, it offers a chipset (the Snapdragon 636) which is a perfect compromise between performance and efficiency. Secondly, the device is equipped with Android One, a stock version of the operating system supported directly by Google with fast and constant updates. Oppo F9 Pro takes the second place as its MediaTek Helio P60 is very powerful and it comes with up to 6 GB RAM.
After checking photos taken from each device, I can say that Moto G6 Plus has the most impressive rear camera. With its bright f/1.7 aperture it shoots very detailed photos and it can capture a huge amount of light. On the other hand, Oppo F9 Pro offers a better selfie snapper with a resolution of 25 MP which is also AI-backed with very interesting features. I saw less convincing photos with the Nokia 6.1 Plus.
With its big 3500 mAh battery, Oppo F9 Pro boasts the longest battery life. It is able to reach the end of the day even when used continuously. And it even has the fastest charging technology, so the fact that the battery is bigger does not mean that it takes longer to fully charge. When it comes to Moto G6 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus, it is a close fight and the battery life depends on the usages, but they last more or less the same.
In India, Moto G6 Plus was released a few days ago in the 6 GB RAM configuration, with a price tag of about $310. Nokia 6.1 Plus costs about $222, while Oppo F9 Pro carries a price tag of about $333. Oppo F9 Pro is the winner of the comparison, but Nokia 6.1 Plus is the one with the best value for money.
Moto G6 Plus vs Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Oppo F9 Pro: PROs and CONS
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
- 6 GB RAM
- Nice camera department
- Good price
Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Android One
- Good aesthetics
- Good price
- Compact design
- Smaller display
Oppo F9 Pro
- Great design
- Wide display
- Micro SD dedicated slot
- Very fast charging tech
- Great cameras
- Nothing particular