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Nokia 6 hands-on review: marking the comeback of the Finnish brand

Update: Hitting shelves in the second half of Q2

Nokia has an indestructible brand, just like its devices. Under the wing of the Finnish company HMD, it is ready to return to the scene with the Nokia 6 (and beyond). The smartphone was introduced in China at the beginning of January, and at MWC its entry to the international scene was announced, and today we have a clearer idea of when it will hit shelves. After handling the device at the Nokia press conference, here's what we thought.

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Nokia 6 release date and price

The Nokia 6 was announced in China in early January, for a price of 1699 Yuan, about $250. The brand has decided to focus initially on the Chinese market (which literally sold like hot cakes at the Jingdong Mall with a million units sold in a single minute). At MWC 2017, it was announced that the smartphone will be marketed internationally, and that you can get it for about $240 in the second quarter of 2017.

According to Tomislav Himbele, Head of Marketing for Eastern Europe at HMD Global, it will now be available in the second half of Q2. That means the Nokia 6 won't be hitting the shelves until the middle of May or later, alongside the new Nokia 3, 5 and 3310.

The colors are matte black, glossy black (special edition only), silver, blue and copper. The Nokia 6 Arte Black Special Edition has a piano black high gloss finish and an exclusive memory configuration (64 GB storage with 4 GB RAM), which will be sold for around $315.

Nokia 6 design and build quality

The Nokia 6 opts for a metallic unibody body made of aluminum 6000 which, like its famous predecessor (I speak of the 3310) seems to be interested in resistance. Of course, we are talking about completely different devices, what we have here is a mid-range device but apparently Nokia plans to give it some advantages. We will see in our final review if the device is really capable of resisting shocks and falls. 

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The Nokia 6 won't disappoint at first glance. / © AndroidPIT

As for the design, the Nokia 6 will not disappoint you at first glance: the corners are slightly rounded, the home button at the front also acts as a fingerprint scanner and the edges are slightly curved at the sides. On the back, we find the brand logo, the noise reduction microphone and the oval section that surrounds the camera. The latter slightly protrudes from the back of the phone. 

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Nokia 6's copper variant shines brightly. / © AndroidPIT

The antennas are on the top of the device and on the bottom edge we find the classic microUSB port. The headphone jack is on the top, making it easier to use headphones when you place your device in your pocket.

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One of the lucky pictures we were able to get of the device, it was a fight to get one at the press conference. / © AndroidPIT

Nokia 6 display

The Nokia 6 uses a vibrant 5.5-inch screen protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer and anti-reflective technology. The definition is Full-HD (1080 x 1920), which allows a pixel density of 401 ppi. The screen is IPS LCD.

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The Nokia 6's screen is vibrant. / © AndroidPIT

Nokia 6 software

The Nokia 6 runs with Android 7.0 Nougat and all its features. The interface is close to stock Android, with some small changes. Unlike the Chinese model, the US version will have Google apps. The entire range of new Nokia smartphones will feature Google Assistant, including the Nokia 6.

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Close-to-stock Android Nougat makes an appearance. / © AndroidPIT

Nokia 6 performance

In the Nokia 6, the Snapdragon 430 from Qualcomm is a mid-range octacore processor with Cortex-A53s that run at a maximum frequency of 1.4 GHz. To give you an idea, the Lenovo K6 uses the same processor. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 505 chip. We find 3 GB of RAM and in the internal memory the manufacturer offers 32 GB expandable with a microSD card to 128 GB.

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A card slot on the side of the Nokia 6. / © AndroidPIT

These numbers should ensure good management of daily tasks but it will be important to see them at work with the software to get an idea of ​​the real benefits offered.

Nokia 6 audio

Yes, the Nokia 6 is a mid-range smartphone but HMD has decided to provide users with two stereo speakers that operate at 6 dB. As explained above, the microphone at the rear is responsible for minimizing ambient noise.

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Here's the volume controls. / © AndroidPIT

 

 

Nokia 6 camera

On the Nokia 6, we find a main camera with 16 MP, autofocus, dual-LED flash and an aperture of f / 2.0. All this, assisted by a pixel size of 10 microns, should make it possible to improve the result in poor light conditions, which is a weak point of all smartphones on the market.

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Here is the Nokia 6's rear camera. / © AndroidPIT

At the front, the camera is 8 MP with an f / 2.0 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12 microns. As always, we must wait to receive our test device to really get an idea of its potential. We will do several tests in different lighting conditions during our full review.

Nokia 6 battery

The smartphone has a non-removable battery with a capacity of 3,000 mAh. By way of comparison, most batteries of the high-end models of 2016 had the same capacity. Will it be one of the strengths of the smartphone? This remains to be determined.

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The charging port. / © AndroidPIT

Nokia 6 technical specifications

Dimensions: 154 x 75.8 x 7.85 mm
Weight: 169 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 7.0 - Nougat
RAM: 3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 1.4 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth

Early Verdict

Nokia is back with a mid-range smartphone, probably to attract its good old fans with a sturdy, pretty and rather powerful device, all for an affordable price. We will see in our final review what the device is truly capable of and, if it is as good as it seems, the manufacturer should prepare a high-end device to compete with competitors such as Apple, Samsung and Huawei. For the moment, though, it looks like the Finnish brand isn't finished yet.

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  • I see the nokia 6 will only have a snapdragon 430 processor with 3 gb Ram. For the top of the range model I'm afraid it's not going to be premium in my opinion.

  • I went Nokia mobil plz give me a mobil I m not a poor but plz NokI owner give me a mobil I wil give pamant ok

  • Thanks noki

  • processor should have been snapdragon 650.

  • I will buy a Nokia phone once they could produced a compact phone like what Sony is doing. Display size is really a big deal for me. I am really not a fan of phone that has 5 inches and above display screen.

  • I see no reason to be happy with this. Nokia is a brand that is dear to the hearts of most people. But this is not a Nokia comeback. Just because some unknown company has bought rights to the Nokia name and decided to make an Android phone and christened it Nokia doesn't mean it's the same Nokia we love. No it's not. Microsoft saw that it would be okay to make a quick buck out of selling a brand that it had deliberately killed with meticulous planning. It had thrown the Nokia name into the dustbin after killing it. Now some company whom nobody has ever heard of comes knocking and offers money for a piece of scrap paper in the dustbin. Nonsense. Something which is gone is gone. Just be nostalgic about it but don't attempt to resurrect it. The people and sentiments and time in which we had Nokia are gone. This vain glorious attempt to resurrect the Nokia brand is only going to create a ghost, a zombie, a Frankenstein.

    • Too early to say that bro.
      Why don't we give them a chance?

    • Reg Joo 3 months ago Link to comment

      Most of the comments are for this company to be successful again. The ties to the old company may not be many, but from reports, there are some. Just the name will get other mfgrs sweating( granted, the top 5 have nothing to worry about).

    • You've got no effing idea what you're talking about. HMD Global is a company created by Nokia, and most of it's employees are former Nokia employees.

  • Welcome back Nokia! The mobile World has been really quiet without Nokia's outstanding and innovative devices. Previous Nokia phones I owned was Nokia 3310, Series 40/ S40 was Nokia 7110, Symbian 60/ S60 are Nokia 6600, Nokia 7650, Nokia N80IE, Nokia 95 8GB, Nokia N97 and last Nokia smartphones running Windows are Lumia 900 and Lumia 920. Didn't have the privilege of owning a Lumia 1520. But then, software and app support was mediocre under Microsoft.

    • Reg Joo 3 months ago Link to comment

      Microsoft should never had put their hands on nokia. How to kill mobile? let microsoft get their hands on it. Death, by association.

    • Hahaha so glad that I'm not the only one attached to this brand. For some unknown reason even when the world is swept by iPhone and Android (the period when Nokia was a Windows phone), I still chose Nokia over other brand. I started with a silver 3310, then black-blue 3510, then a champagne gold 6200, switched to black-red 5320 xpressmusic, kept it for long time until it literally dead, and then started using black Lumia 800 and ended with black Lumia 1020...the latter of which matter-of-factly just dead a couple of days ago. Lumia was bitch...but I still loved it. T-T both were beautiful and kept people curious about 'em. I miss Nokia.

  • Mark
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    3 months ago Link to comment

    Yes, welcome back Nokia. Can't wait to see your flagship phones released.

  • So Glad Nokia is back in the mobile market,they must be seeing how there Budget phones sell before releasing there Top range phones,

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