It is back and it is better! Nokia was has been hoping for a comeback to the smartphone market in 2017 after HMD Global acquired the brand. And yes, in January 2017, the first Nokia phone running Android OS, the Nokia 6 was released. We have missed you Nokia. This is one brand of phone that we all know of very well and can relate with. This is my review of the prodigal Nokia’s Nokia 6 smartphone.
Design and Build
Nokia chose to go with an all metal design with the Nokia 6. It is one stunning phone that looks and feels great. It has a solid all metal body with sharp frame edges with a shiny polish that provides some good grip of the phone. Near the top on the left is an 8MP selfie camera and an earpiece which doubles up as a speaker. The other speaker is on the bottom of the Nokia 6. Its fingerprint sensor is front mounted and located between the back and recent soft keys. On its back is the primary camera vertical bump that also houses its dual LED flash.
Nokia 6 has a 5.5 inch display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It is among the brightest screens in its price segment and gets bright enough for viewing even on direct sunlight. Its contrast is good and has warm color accuracy as well. Its IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen has a 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density) resolution with a 70.7% screen to body ratio. It also supports multi touch and is 16M.
The Nokia 6 has a very simple to use camera interface with and has a manual mode option. A 16 MP main camera is what the Nokia 6 comes with. I’ll have to say this camera does well with video than photos. It records videos up to 1080p. Its images are sharp although the edges of sharp objects tend to be a little soft when taken with the primary camera. Autofocus on the other hand work pretty well and nine out of ten times you will get your intended image focused on.
There is an 8MP selfie camera that does a good job.
For me, I thought video recording gives better results than photography.
Performance and Memory
Nokia 10 comes with Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU with an Adreno 505 GPU. It runs on Android Nougat 7.1 of course, this was to be expected.
Nokia 10’s Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver and Copper colors run on 3GB of RAM and have 32GB internal memory while the Arte Black version has a 64GB ROM and runs on 4GB of RAM. Regardless of the version you pick, you have an option of expanding memory up to 256GB using an SD card. Battery: Nokia 6 packs 3000mAh battery which for its processing power and screen size is okay. It should see you through a full day of usage with its endurance rating of 75 hours. Nokia was known for good battery life back in its days, expects almost the same today.
Connectivity and Network
Nokia 6 supports WLAN connections (Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, has NFC, an FM radio and comes with the old school microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go. Quick charging is a good thing to see on the Nokia 6.
Network: After 2016, I doubt any smartphone can be released without GSM 2G, HSPA 3G and LTE 4G support. Nokia 6 does support them all. It is also a dual SIM phone with dual standby.
Nokia 6 has two stereo speakers. One on the upper bezel of the phone which by the way is also an earpiece for calls, and the other speaker is found at the bottom if the Nokia 6. It has the 3.5mm jack which has Dolby Atmos sound enhancement. A dedicated noise cancelation mic also features on the Nokia 6.
It will be fun to own a Nokia phone after all these years it has been out of market. But not just for the fun of it, the Nokia 6 is a good phone that I recommend for a wide market since this phone is good for all.
Check out Nokia 6 official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sq5ZjZ-kFQ
Official website: https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/nokia-6