HMD Global has announced the second generation of Nokia 6 in China. The Nokia 6 (2018) is the successor to its budget-friendly Nokia 6 which was launched in January 2017. Nokia 6 (2018) ships with an improved design, powerful processor, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a ‘Boathie’ mode which was first seen on the Nokia 8.
The only thing Nokia 6 (2018) lacks is an edge-to-edge display which is quite common on the mid-budget and flagship devices these days. In the year 2017, Nokia decided to stick to the traditional 16:9 display even for its flagship devices. Nokia 6 (2018) is no exception and comes with a 16:9 aspect ratio with prominent bezels on top and bottom.
HMD Global has made some aesthetic changes in terms of design. The buttons and fingerprint sensor arrangements are new and the device ships with On-screen Navigation buttons instead of the capacitive buttons at the front. Also, the fingerprint sensor which was earlier placed between the capacitive buttons has been moved to the back.
The 2018 Nokia 6 inherits the metal unibody design from its predecessor. The devices come with a modern design with slightly thin bezels thanks to the on-screen navigation buttons and the fingerprint sensor which now sits at the back, right below the camera module.
Talking of the specifications, the device runs on a Snapdragon 630 which is a bump from the Snapdragon 430 from the 2017 variant. Also, the RAM is bumped to 4GB from last year’s 3GB and the micro USB port is now replaced with a newer reversible USB-C port for data syncing and charging.
The rest of the specs are the same. There is a 5.5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD Display, 3000 mAH battery, The Nokia 6 (2018) will be launched in a 32GB and a 64GB storage variant with a micro SD expansion slot. There is a headphone jack the device still runs Android 7.1.1 with a promise of an upgrade to Android Oreo. Moving to the camera, it seems exactly the same camera as the last year’s with a 16MP, 1.0μm, f/2, rear camera and an 8MP, 1.12μm, f/2, front camera. However, a new “Boathie” feature has been introduced as a dual view camera which allows you to click a picture from front and back camera at the same time. There is ‘no camera bump’ at the back and HMD Global proudly declares the seamless design.
Let’s take a look at the Nokia 6 (2018) design changes:
- Reduced Bezels.
- 16:9 display.
- Capacitive buttons get replaced by On-Screen Navigation buttons.
- Camera module changed and lifted from Nokia 5.
- Fingerprint sensor moved back right below the camera module.
Let’s take a look at the Nokia 6 (2018) spec sheet:
- 5.5-inch, 1080p Full HD IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 403ppi.
- Dimensions: 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.5mm, Weight: 172g.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-Core processor coupled with 4GB RAM.
- 32GB/64GB variant which can be expanded to 128GB via a microSD card.
- 16MP rear camera with CMOS sensor and an 8MP front-facing camera.
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is upgradable to Android Oreo.
- 3000mAH battery with USB-C and no fast charging.
- Dual View or Boathie and OZO Audio.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is only available in China for now but it is possible that the Indian variant might be launched with Android Oreo. However, HMD Global has not made any announcements regarding the launch of the device and price in other markets.