Nokia 6 (2018) first impressions: HMD Global seem to have fixed the most glaring issue seen on the 2017 Nokia 6

HMD Global, the company that is responsible for launching all the Nokia-branded smartphones in the market launched the updated version of its Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 (2018). Image: Nokia China

Nokia 6 (2018). Image: Nokia China

The 2018 version of the Nokia 6 seems to have fixed the most glaring issue of an underpowered 400-series Snapdragon SoC from Qualcomm to replace it with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 SoC.

The original Nokia 6 that was launched during MWC 2017 came with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset along with a price that matches smartphones packing a Snapdragon 600 series chipsets. This made things considerably difficult as it did not offer that value for money despite the presence of an impressive build quality. These changes come as no surprise as the company had already launched the device in the Chinese market.

Moving to the just launched device, the smartphone brings back the impressive build quality along with good design and nice display to the table. This also comes with a support for fast charge using wireless charging technology which is really commendable. HMD Global has added a Carl Zeiss-branded single lens camera on the back of the device. The new version will also come with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box as part of Google’s Android One initiative.

 

The New Nokia 6, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8110, Nokia 1 and the Nokia 7 Plus are seen at a pre-launch event in London, Britain February 22, 2018. Picture taken February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RC160CD74C00

The New Nokia 6, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8110, Nokia 1 and the Nokia 7 Plus are seen at a pre-launch event in London, Britain February 22, 2018. Picture taken February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RC160CD74C00

Other minor changes include a reversible Type-C connector and Bluetooth v5.0 in place of microUSB port and Bluetooth v4.1. The device looks good in hand along with impressive copper-accent edges along with the metal body.

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Updated Date: Mar 02, 2018 00:33 AM