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Nokia 2.1 vs Huawei Y6 2018 specs comparison

This specs comparison, we’ll be checking out two budget entry-level smartphones to see which one has the upper hand. Which one will you pick? The Nokia 2.1 or the Huawei Y6 2018? Let’s begin.

Nokia 2.1 initially launched in Moscow and is now available in the country. It has a 5.5-inch 16:9 display with 1280 x 720 resolution with Oleophobic coating, Snapdragon 425 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front, and 4,000mAh battery.

Huawei Y6 2018 is the company’s top contender for the budget segment ever since last year. It comes with a 5.7-inch IPS display with 1440 x 720 resolution, Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front, and 3,000mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

 Nokia 2.1Huawei Y6 2018
Display5.5-inch 16:9 HD display @ 1280 x 720 pixels w/ Oleophobic coating5.7-inch HD+ IPS LCD display @ 1440x720px
Glass2.5D curved glass-
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-core
GPUAdreno 308Adreno 308
RAM1GB RAM2GB RAM
Storage8GB16GB internal storage
SD Card slotexpandable up to 128GB via dedicated micro SD card slotExpandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot
Rear camera8MP AF rear camera w/ LED flash13MP rear camera with LED flash
Front camera5MP front camera5MP front camera with LED flash
SIMDual-SIM (nano,nano)Dual-SIM (nano,nano)
LTE4G LTE Cat. 44G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
NFCNFC-
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeidouGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Biometrics-Face Unlock
USBmicro USBmicro USB
OSAndroid Go (Android 8.1 Oreo)EMUI 8 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Battery4,000mAh battery3,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Dimensions153.6 x 77.6 x 9.67152.4 x 73 x 7.8 mm
Mass174g150g

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Nokia 2.1

  • Oleophobic coating
  • NFC
  • Updated Android version
  • Larger battery capacity

Huawei Y6 2018

  • Larger screen size
  • Higher aspect ratio
  • Higher horizontal screen resolution
  • Larger RAM
  • Larger internal storage
  • Higher rear camera resolution
  • Face Unlock

The Y6 2018 offers a better viewing experience which makes it a better pick when it comes to watching videos. However, the Nokia 2.1’s Oleophobic coating, which reduces fingerprint marks and smudges, is still a good addition to its display.

On paper, both performances should be almost the same as they have the same chipset. However, the OS can play a big role as the Nokia 2.1 has the Go Edition which is optimized for smartphones with 1GB RAM or less. On the other hand, the Y6 2018 has a 2GB RAM with EMUI 8. In our review, we didn’t experience problems when it comes to daily usage (except when opening the Google Play Store) but if you’re running apps, it’s good to have the largest RAM as possible.

The Y6 2018 dominated the rear camera in terms of resolution but it doesn’t mean it’s better. We’re yet to take photos on the Nokia 2.1 so in the meantime, you can check our sample shots for the Huawei Y6 2018.

The Nokia 2.1 highlight is its 4,000mAh battery capacity which is 1,000mAh larger than the Y6 2018. At this point, we can say the former has the biggest advantage.

To summarize, in terms of viewing experience, larger internal storage, and face unlock, my money goes to the Y6 2018 but in terms of UI optimization, and battery capacity, the Nokia 2.1 wins.

The Nokia 2.1 and Huawei Y6 2018 are both priced at Php5,990 and are available in their respective authorized stores nationwide. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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4 Responses

  1. iho says:

    Higher aspect ratio. LOL! Why not this phonemaker just make it 30:9 so that they have the highest screen aspect ratio-ed phone on earth!!!!

  2. Popoy Landero says:

    If only HMD will lower the price of Nokia 1 and 2.1 and create a 2GB ROM/ 16GB RAM Android Go (preferred) / Android One with the same price, these will sell like hot cakes.

  3. Justin says:

    1GB RAM is inexcusable in 2018.

  4. dukha says:

    If old OS does not bother you, the 2-year old Cloudfone Next offers 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM, FHD screen (albeit 5.2′), Quickcharge 3.0, Gorilla 3 glass, and a cheap price of 4,999 pesos.

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