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Nokia 6 (2018) review: an imperfect but impressive smartphone

Nokia 6 (2018) review: an imperfect but impressive smartphone

Last year, HMD Global launched the Nokia 6, and the phone was quite overwhelming. It didn't pile up close enough to offers from competitors like Xiaomi. Now, the company has launched the 2018 version of the Nokia 6, priced at 16, 999, and is called the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Honor 7X. So if you are confused about buying the new Nokia 6, this is our in-depth Nokia 6 review of the new mid-range smartphone from HMD Global to help you make a decision:

Nokia 6 (2018) Specifications

First we remove the basic stuff on the paper. The Nokia 6 is a mid-range smartphone and has specifications that match its price … for the most part. Here is the complete spreadsheet for the Nokia 6 (2018):

Display 5, 5 inches 1080×1920
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core Cortex A53 2.2GHz
GPU Adreno 508
RAM 3GB
storage 32GB
Main camera 16MP, f / 2.0
Secondary camera 8MP, f / 2.0
Battery 3000 mAh not removable
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo (Android One Edition)
sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
connectivity WiFi 802.11 b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Price Rs. 16,999

What's inside the Nokia 6 Box

The Nokia 6 available in a typical Nokia box. Thin and wide, with the Nokia 6.1 printed on it, and while Nokia might call it Nokia 6.1, I would still call it the Nokia 6 (2018) or the new Nokia 6 … interchangeably. However, inside the box there are all the standard things:

  • Nokia 6 (2018)
  • Nokia fast charge adapter
  • USB-C cable
  • Earphones
  • SIM eject tool
  • User Manual

All the basic things you will find in most other smartphones. Except for earphones; you will not find those in Xiaomi, or OnePlus smartphone (although many of them still have headphone jacks .. strange eh?)

Design and build quality: the best average ranger

Taking the Nokia 6 out of the box, I was immediately struck by how well this phone was built in the hand . Seriously, I could compare it to phones well above its price range and would continue to hold its own; cos good

I could compare it to phones well above its price range and would continue to hold its own; cos good

The Nokia 6 built from a solid block of aluminum, and it shows. sturdy, solid and well built, and I'm sure this thing can take a lot of hits before I hear them. There are many positive things about the way HMD Global built and designed the Nokia 6, including the fact that there is no notch on this thing.

However, there is another side of the proverbial currency. The phone has really strange buttons; they are not tactile enough, and I have found myself pressing too hard on them on several occasions . In addition to this, I find the fingerprint scanner rather clunky. Probably due to the huge camera setting (which I don't find necessary, which we'll talk about later), but I found myself constantly hitting the flash instead of the fingerprint scanner.

Also not a frameless design, so thank god it doesn't have a notch because it would just be a suck.

The phone certainly feels great in my hand and has given me some sort of security that I didn't have with my OnePlus 5. A security that even if this thing falls, it would be fine, and not something I can say about a lot of phones in these days.

Display: LCD, 16: 9, Bezels, but still impressive

The display of the Nokia 6 is another thing that impressed me. an LCD panel and Nokia has chosen to stick to the normal 16: 9 format (how strange). There are frames, but no more than Redmi Note 5 Pro (except that the phone redeemed from the most modern 18: 9 aspect), and with everything there, I have no complaints with the display on this phone.

bright (feels brighter than my OnePlus 5 in the sun), has exceptional color reproduction and, at 5, 5 inches with Full HD resolution, it looks crisp. Obviously you will notice pixels if you start peeping the pixels, but nobody really uses their phone at a pixel distance anyway.

then an LCD panel there are no problems with the corners of display, or the color shift, and I doubt there will be burn-in problems on this.

Camera: Oh God, No.

I will be really honest with you guys; the camera of the new Nokia 6 simply bad. There is no other way to say it. Not half decent, not good-ish, just bad, and I was very disappointed.

Not half decent, not good-ish, just bad, and I was very disappointed.

The Nokia 6 (2018) takes the right pictures in broad daylight, but then processes and screws them. The images are too elaborate, over-saturated and in general there is a lot of sharpening in progress. Redmi Note 5 Pro's camera better than this.

The Nokia 6 (2018) front camera is also disappointing. The images captured with this 8MP f / 2.0 shooter on the front have a soft focus, almost non-existent for the most part, and sometimes (especially with backlit subjects in low light conditions) the camera emits disproportionate lighting.

The situation further worsens in low light conditions. There is noise, the camera cannot capture enough light, and the images easily reflect the fact that the camera struggles when lighting is not absolutely on-point (which lighting rarely does.) Believe me, I know).

In addition, the Nokia 6 does not have a dual camera, so there is no vertical mode. I don't even understand why he doesn't have a dual camera, is since it does not, why is there such a large area dedicated to the camera and flash? Only for the Zeiss brand?

In my opinion, Redmi Note 5 Pro with its dual camera configuration has much better images than the Nokia 6 and certainly the winner in the camera department.

Performance: Benchmarks Can Be Misleading … Sometimes

The Nokia 6 equipped with Snapdragon 630, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space, with Adreno 508 that adapts to the graphic needs. On paper, this phone lags far behind the Redmi Note 5 Pro, especially if you take the price into account, but in real performance, the fantastic Nokia 6.

The phone still has to lag behind. There are no frame drops, no delay in the launch of apps and services, everything works perfectly, and I think the Android stock market can be a big part of the reason why this phone exceeds what I expected.

I've tried a lot of things on this phone, including games, and yes, PUBG Mobile was one of them. By default, the game switched to low graphics and I am not shocked. With only 3 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 630, the low settings are what I expected, but the game works nicely. There are occasional frame drops, but so rare that I don't complain.

Basically, the Nokia 6's performance is top notch (no pun intended) and I have no complaints about the phone's performance so far.

User experience: Stock Android, should I add more?

In terms of user experience, well, the Nokia 6 running Android 8.0 Oreo, and fantastic! true, there aren't many features that you might find in, for example, MIUI or the Samsung Experience UI, but Android has a simplicity and a charm that Android skins usually don't have. Plus, with Android One, you'll get timely security patches and guaranteed updates up to Android Q, which is awesome!

The fingerprint scanner, apart from the awkward positioning, works quite well. Certainly not one of the fastest out there, but certainly not slow enough to be truly remarkable.

Battery: better than expected

The Nokia 6 features a 3,000 mAh non-removable lithium ion battery which, on paper, looks a bit small for a phone with a 5, 5 inch LCD display, but the Nokia 6 (2018) has an extremely long lifespan . I'm serious. I don't know what the voodoo HMD Global did on this thing, but the Nokia 6 easily lasted me more than a day every day without fail.

In addition, it has a fast charging stand (with the quick charger supplied in the package), which takes it from 10% to 100% in just over 1 hour and 30 minutes . For emergency situations, however, you can go up to 50% in just 30 minutes and this is superb.

connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, the Nokia 6 uses a hybrid 3-choose-2 SIM card slot that can accommodate a nano SIM and a Micro SIM, or a nano SIM and an SD card, depending on your preference.

The Nokia 6 (2018) also has WiFi b / g / n / ac support. In addition, it has Bluetooth 5.0 which means better and more reliable Bluetooth connections.

Edit: this article (and Nokia's official website) previously mentioned that "ac" support was not present in Nokia 6. The official website was corrected and we updated our review which reflects the same. Thanks to David Ward for bringing this to our attention.

pros and cons

The Nokia 6 (2018) a phone that doesn't fail to impress in most ways, but as with everything that's been done, there are pros and cons. Here's what the Nokia 6 (2018) has going on and where it's missing:

Professionals:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Great design
  • USB-C
  • Bright display
  • Headphone jack
  • No tick
  • Superior performance
  • Exceptional battery life and standby times

Versus:

  • Hideous camera
  • Not unframed
  • Poorly positioned fingerprint scanner
  • The buttons are not quite tactile

Conclusion: buy it for everything except the camera

The Nokia 6 at a price when competing with Xiaomi's budget king – the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and at this price, the Nokia 6 definitely faces competition. It all boils down to this, if the camera doesn't interest you that much, the Nokia 6 won't disappoint you. Has a great build, an amazing design, USB-C, a beautiful display and standard Android . also available offline.

However, Redmi Note 5 Pro easily beats the Nokia 6 (2018) when it comes to the camera, and for the most part, only when it comes to the camera. It has a dual camera and generally the photos are better.

If you have a budget of around $ 17,000, and you don't care about the numbers on a sheet but the real world performance, I would go with the new Nokia 6 (but be careful of the camera). The phone does everything very well, and something is better than what I expected, so I'm sure it won't disappoint you.

Buy the Nokia 6 (2018): $ 16,999