The Nokia 6 received a refresh for 2018 in China featuring an improved processor, USB-C and more RAM. Less than three days later, reports suggest that users have already started receiving an Android Oreo update along with support for Google Play.
While a certain section of Nokia fans would be disappointed that the new edition of the Nokia 6 shipped with Android Nougat in the first place, a report by NokiaPowerUser suggests that a software update arrives immediately after booting up the device. While this does raise the question as to why HMD Global decided to not have the smartphone ship with Android Oreo directly, it is an update that Nokia 6 fans will be happy about.
As we wait for HMD Global to launch the refreshed smartphone into other markets, the update also brings in the ability to install Google Services onto the phone, which will be a welcome addition for international travellers. This saves the effort of having to unlock the bootloader to install Google's applications onto the Chinese variant of the phone.
The Nokia 6 (2018) follows pretty much the same design scheme as its predecessor in terms of overall look. The only exception here is that of the fingerprint sensor which has 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.
In terms of camera 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.