HMD Global has launched the Nokia 6 (2018) edition in an event being held in China today. The Nokia 6 was first launched back in June 2017 as a mid-range phone and in our first impressions of the device, we concluded that it was "A healthy reboot for a nostalgia-heavy brand". You can check out our first impressions here.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is seen to have only a slight improvement over the earlier version in terms of overall look. The design scheme remains the same, with the exception of the fingerprint sensor being shifted to the back. The display is, however, also going to be of the same 16:9 aspect ratio as it was before. This is quite the departure from the current trend of bezel-less smartphones with tall displays..
The chipset has been upgraded from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 in the previous model to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. Internal storage and RAM comes in a 32 GB + 4 GB and 64 GB + 4 GB combination, with support for expansion via a microSD card of up to 128 GB in size. This is actually a major update as our biggest issue with the older model was its ridiculous performance for its asking price. In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 430-powered Nokia 6 being offered for Rs 18,000 in 2017 was competitive only with the Rs 7,000 Xiaomi Redmi 4.
In terms of optics, the phone has a single-camera system on either side of the phone. The rear camera has a 16 MP sensor and the front an 8 MP sensor, which is the same as that of the earlier Nokia 6.
The 3,000 mAh battery and other connectivity options remain the same as well. The Nokia 6 32 GB variant has been priced at CNY 1,499 (around Rs 15,000) and the 64 GB variant has been priced at CNY 1,699 (around Rs 17,000). Nokia 6 (2018) is available in Black with orange accents and White with red accents colour variants.
We should expect an India launch quite soon.