HMD Global’s 2017 Nokia 6 was something of a disappointment. It was a great-looking phone with excellent build quality and a lovely display. However, it’s biggest shortcoming was its chipset, which should never have left the budget end of the market.
The 2017 Nokia 6 was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, a chip that’s perfectly fine for devices retailing for less than Rs 10,000, but too crippling at the Rs 18,000 price Nokia demand for the 6.
In 2018, Nokia has finally fixed that most egregious of flaws and announced that the new Nokia 6 will be powered by the more powerful Snapdragon 630 SoC. The 630 is vastly superior to the 430, especially in the graphics department, and should go a long way towards making the phone more usable.
An upgrade to a 630 isn’t the only new feature, however. The new phone will support wireless charging (50 percent in less than 30 minutes) as well as Bothie features, which use the front and rear camera simultaneously to capture an image.
Interestingly, the phone will also support face unlock, though it’s not clear if this will be as secure as Face ID.
The Nokia 6 will go on sale at an average price of EUR 279 in Blue Gold, Copper White and White with iron accents.
Disclaimer: Tech2 was invited to MWC 2018 by Huawei, who were responsible for all expenses related to travel and accommodation.