Nokia 6 (2018) Review: A Powerful Mid-range Android Phone you can rely on
The Nokia 6 (2018),also known as the Nokia 6.1, is a mid-range Android smartphone. It is an upgraded version of the first-generation Nokia 6, which brings some major improvements over its predecessor including, Snapdragon 630 better processor chipset, fingerprint sensor located on the back, and flashier body design.
In addition to this, the device will offer an aluminum unibody design composed of glass and metal materials, a 5.5-inch large display with a 1920x1080 pixels resolution, and a 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery.
Nokia 6 Release Date and Availability
On 4th of January, a Chinese retailer leaked the new Nokia 6 (2018),along with specs and images. The Nokia 6 phone was first released on 7th of January, in China. On 25th of February, it was officially launched at MWC, along with 4 other Nokia models.
The Nokia 6 has been released in the United States, following its launch in India, and now the device is widely available in both nations. Initially, it was only provided by Walmart, but that changes now as other big retailers including B&H and Amazon have started stocking it. From April, the upgraded version of Nokia 6 is available to purchase in the U.S, U.K, India, and other parts of Europe.
As far as the U.K availability is concerned, the Nokia 6 is available in the UK via Carphone Warehouse and few other big U.K retailers.
Talking about Nokia 6 release date in Australia, the device has not launched officially in Australia though, but still, you can shop it through few major Australian retailers. It is expected that the new Nokia 6 will be released in almost all regions of Australia, from May. On the same month, it will be released in the Netherlands as well.
Nokia 6 Prices
Nokia 6 prices starting from $270 for 3GB/32GB model, slightly higher than its previous version. If you want to purchase Nokia 6 2018 online from the United States and related territories, B&H and Walmart are the only two options available.
The device was first available on pre-order at $276 from 24th of April, from Walmart. But you may not find this device from Walmart’s website right now, as they are showing ’out of stock’ status on its website. We hope that it will become available soon.
The Nokia 6 started its retail run in the UK, through Carphone Warehouse a while ago, at £229 for the SIM-Free 3GB/32GB variant. If you are shopping form India, you just need to spend 16,999 INR for the same variant.
If you are curious about Nokia 6 price in Australia, it will cost you around AU$350 to AU$420 for 4GB/64GB model, and AU$250 to AU$300 for 3GB/32GB model. By comparing Nokia 6 prices from some reputed comparison shopping site, you can definitely save your valuable money.
Nokia 6 Specs and Features
Here is all you need to know about the Nokia 6 specifications and features.
- 5.5-Inch IPS 16:9 Full-HD display
- 1080x1920p Resolution & 403ppi Density
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 Chipset
- 2.2GHz Quad Core Processor, Cortex A53
- Adreno 508 GPU
- Android 8.1 Oreo Operating System
- 3GB/4GB LPDDR RAM
- 32GB/64GB Internal Storage (upgradable up to 256GB)
- 16MP Primary Camera w/ Zeiss optics and f/2.0 aperture
- Camera Features: Phase detection autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, dual-tone dual LED flash
- 8MP Front-facing Camera w/ f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording
- 3000mAh Li-Ion Non-removable battery
- Sensors: Fingerprint (Rear),accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5
- Hybrid Dual SIM
- Weight: 172 grams
- Available Colors: Black/Copper, White/Iron, Blue/Gold
Design and Display
The Nokia 6 phone has a solid and durable 6000 series aluminum unibody. The handset offers rounded corners, and diamond cut edges with a bold color accent.
You will get Gorilla Glass 3 protection with 2.5D curved edges on the front. That curve is only to make the phone’s appearance little appealing. The aluminum parts your hand's touch feel robust and sharp.
With all-metal body and the thickness, the handset is a weighty piece of tech at 172 grams of weight. It is truly manufactured like a tank.
The Nokia 6 (2018) has a USB-C charging port situated on its bottom edge, and there is a fingerprint scanner on the backside of the device. The fingerprint scanner performs just like its previous version’s sensor, which was not very comfortable to access due to its complex placement. There is too much space on the camera setup between the fingerprint scanner and Zeiss logo. The side buttons of the phone are not very good either, demanding too much force to initiate an action.
Unlike Huawei P Smart, Honor 9 Lite, and Moto G6, the new Nokia 6 phone comes with only 16:9 screen, which seems very strange. On the other hand, it only has a Full-HD display and the older version 3 of Corning Gorilla Glass. However, its 1080p screen looks sharp and vibrant at first look, backed by 5.5’’ large enough display. And in this price tag, I don’t think it’s a bad deal.
Hardware and Performance
The new Nokia 6 has all the power you require, most often than not inside a smartphone device. With Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile platform and 4GB of enough RAM, you don’t need to wait for your apps to load. The new Nokia 6 delivers over 60% better performance compared to its previous version 2017.
Games running on this phone is truly amazing. With Flagship alike Adreno 508 GPU, you will experience lag-free and super-smooth gaming. You can also watch full HD videos on its 1080p ideal screen, which will give you the exact view you want.
The device comes with two storage options. One with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and other with 4GB RAM and 64 of internal storage.
As far as battery is concerned, the new Nokia 6 phone comes with 3000mAh capacity cell along with the reversible USB-C that was not active in the previous version. With USB type-C fast charging feature, the device lets you charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes. In addition to this, it also includes a 3.5mm headphone port.
Nokia 6 comes loaded with the Android Oreo updated version, Android One. It is dedicated to providing updates quickly, more streamlined, and to make the overall Android experience more consistent.
There are no pre-loaded apps active on the phone except Google’s standard apps and a Nokia Support app. This is good to make your device clean and smooth while running.
On the other hand, the mobile phone uses five columns of icons rather than four, to make better use of the available display space than others.
The Nokia (2018) is backed by ZEISS optics based 16MP primary camera with built-in dual-tone flash, so you can make every picture worthy of sharing. You can not only record 4K videos and avail high-quality stills quickly and efficiently, but also crop or zoom without compromising on quality.
In addition to this, it also includes an 8MP Selfie shooter for taking best Selfies. The front-facing camera also offers f/2.0 big aperture and 1080p video recording.
The Nokia 6 smartphone is quick enough to shoot, without the kind of post-shoot lag or shutter that can make a camera of the phone less fun to use. It may vary depending on the light and weather conditions, but it’s fairly responsive most of the time.
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