The very first phone from the revived Nokia brand — the Nokia 6 had got an upgrade this year at MWC. The new Nokia 6 (2018) comes more prepared and brings new upgrades that were missing on the original version.
The highlight of the new Nokia 6 is a more powerful chipset, a better design and a fast charger, which comes with a slight bump in price. Since we already have some really alluring options in the mid-range segment, it would be interesting to see how Nokia 6 (2018) finds its place in the market.
The smartphone has made its entry into the Indian market today, and I got to spend some time with the phone soon after the release.
Nokia 6 (2018) release date and price
The new Nokia 6 (2018) will be available from April 6 2018. Available in Black/Copper and White/Copper, it will cost Rs 16,999, and will be available on Nokia Mobile Shop (company’s online shop) and select mobile retailers.
Customers on Airtel can enjoy a cashback of Rs 2000 on Nokia 6 and own the smartphone at an effective price of Rs. 14, 999 Airtel customers can also enjoy an extended free subscription to the Airtel TV app till December 31, 2018.
Additionally, consumers will get 25% instant discount on domestic hotels at MakeMyTrip. All new Nokia 6 consumers will also be eligible for a complimentary 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on opening the Kotak 811 savings account and activating it. The new Nokia 6 will be available at zero cost EMI on credit cards and through Bajaj FinServ and Home Credit. ICICI bank will offer a 5% cashback till May 31, 2018.
New Nokia 6 (2018) specs
Dimensions: 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15mm
OS: Android 8
Screen size: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 630
Rear camera: 16MP
Front camera: 8MP
Nokia has been following the strategy to take a single block of Aluminum and carve it out the insides to place the parts and components inside the phone. The phone looks pretty good for its price, it easily outshines Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of looks.
While holding the phone, I could feel a solid, dense unibody right away. The only part of plastic used is at the top and bottom in form of antennae bands.
The ‘double anodisation’ process helps it to achieve dual tone trims, which looks aesthetically good. Unlike the old Nokia Lumia phones, the Nokia 6 doesn’t have a bright, cold colour accents and has a glints of copper and silver that subtly merge in the body.
Other design changes include repositioning of fingerprint sensor to the back, the camera design is also slightly elongated, which makes it look more filled up from the back.
The front has also got a cleaner look as the physical navigation keys are now replaced with the on-screen ones. But it retains thick bezels on the top and bottom, which isn’t very 2018, where competing phones have trimmed down the bezels by a huge margin.
Measuring 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15mm, the Nokia 6 (2018) fits reasonably in the palm, but due to the blocky design and edgy corners, you might not want to hold it very tight.
But all in all, it justifies its price and feels very durable.
The new Nokia 6 comes with a conventional 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display. It is sharp, the colours look punchy, it’s a good display overall.
What I didn’t like is the missing 18:9 aspect ratio, which has become a norm and customers are actually looking for it. This is the only reason why it looks a little dated.
The display has good sunlight legibility and can be seen from odd angles too. Also, the touch feel of the display was pretty buttery, so it scores there.
New Nokia 6 (2018) hands on gallery
Power, performance and interface
One area where we’ve seen major change is the chipset, where Nokia has upgraded it from entry-level Snapdragon 430 to Snapdragon 630 this time. While the previous Nokia 6 used to struggle when pushed up to do intensive tasks, it shouldn’t be the case with the new one.
I’ve only taken the Nokia 6 (2018) for a quick spin at the launch, but the first impressions were good. Considering our experience with other phones running Snapdragon 630, it should be able to handle demanding tasks. Also, the pure layer of Android on top should aid the performance too.
It is a part of the Android One program by Google, that means there is no bloatware and it will be among the first phones to receive latest software updates.
There’s just one variant of the phone in India, which comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with microSD card support.
We’ll be testing the phone extensively for a week before we pass our final judgement about the phone’s performance.
While OEMs are leaning towards dual cameras even on mid-range phones, HMD Global has stuck with a single lens. It has a 16MP sensor on the back which is powered by Zeiss this time.
I got to try the camera at the event venue, which isn’t the best way to judge the camera. But the short encounter was enough to know that it’s not the best camera I’ve seen in this at this price. Like the older Nokia 6, it also suffers stability issues and pictures weren’t crisp.
On the front, there’s an 8MP selfie camera, that also features the ‘Bothie’ mode, where you can use both the cameras at the same time.
This is another area where I cannot judge the phone quite yet. It gets a 3000mAh battery just like the previous Nokia 6, but we have reasons to think that it will be better than the last time.
The Snapdragon 630 chipset is more power efficient and uses a 14nm process. Although Nokia promises two days battery life on the phone, but we doubt it would be able to do so with the way I use my phones.
The highlight here is the inclusion of fast charging support. It’s not that the previous Nokia didn’t support it but Nokia is bundling a fast charger within the box this time.
Although this may not sound like a big deal to some, but note that there’s hardly any manufacturer that bundles a fast charger at this price.
The 2018 Nokia 6 will get you from 0% to 50% charge in 30 minutes. While not the fastest around, we’ll take that sort of improvement.
The Nokia 6 (2018) does bring some noticeable improvements that address our complaints from the last year’s model. The core appeal remains the solid design and a fluid OS experience topped by a more powerful chipset.
At Rs 16,999, the phone sits above its competition in terms of price, but the missing 18:9 display could sway away some eyeballs from the phone.