Nokia 6 2018 Review – Hands On Overview

The  Nokia 6 smartphone marked the  re-entry into the smartphone market. It was an important phone for HMD Global. Agreed, the specs were not impressive, with a low-end SD 430 powering the device as we seen in lot of old devices, but all its flaws in the hardware department would be forgiven for its stellar built quality and experience.

Now, the new generation Nokia 6 2018 is here, and this time the company has made some important upgrades. The hardware gets a much needed boost, and the design gets a few changes like thinner bezels, bringing it closer to recently launched smartphones. But not too close, since it still features a 16:9 display.

So, the company has changed Nokia model and added a few optimisations, like in the camera department.

Though the built quality is as strong as ever, there are a few changes in the design of the new generation Nokia 6 2018. The phone removed the physical home button up front, making way for a taller 18:9 display. Note that the screen size remains the same, which also means that the device has become more compact. The phone features the following dimensions: 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm which makes it smaller than the first gen. model with dimensions: 154 x 75.8 x 7.9 mm. Yes, the new model is a bit thicker, but overall, the phone feels like a compact 5.5-incher.

The rest of the specs are pretty much the same. There is still a 5.5-inch 1080 p IPS LCD, a 3,000 mAH battery, and a baseline of 32 GB of storage with expansion via a Micro SD slot. There’s also a 64 GB version available for 14999. The Nokia 6 still has a headphone jack, but the speakers have on paper at least been downgraded from two speakers to one. Unfortunately the OS hasn’t changed much,  the new Nokia 6 is running an old version of Android, 7.1.1, with an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo  promised at some nebulous point in the future.

The camera specs seem exactly the same as last year, with a 16 MP, 1.0µm, f/2, rear camera and an 8 MP 1.12µm, f/2, front camera. One fun new feature is the  dual view camera, which can snap a picture from the front and back sensors at the same time and will stitch the two pictures together, side by side. HMD also proudly declares “No camera bump” in the spec sheet.

Since you no longer have the fingerprint sensor up front, it goes to the back of the phone. The placement of the sensor is comfortable and handy for everyday use, but there are times that you might accidentally touch the flash instead of the sensor that lies below.  This happens only in the initial period, until you get used to the placement of the sensor.

Overall, the new design builds on what was already good about the first generation Nokia 6. With a solid SD630 processor and 4GB of RAM powering the new model, the performance is pretty snappy as well. We are currently taking a few samples from the device and those should be up very soon.


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