HMD Global has taken the Nokia 6 (2018) official in the days leading up to CES 2018. The Nokia 6 was the smartphone the company made its return with last year, and it seems it’s following the yearly cycle set in the industry this year too. The new device has been priced at $230 and it retains some of the elements of the original, but with important additions.
HMD's Nokia 6 is likely to face stiff challenge from Chinese smartphone maker's Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
The 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 runs on the Snapdragon 630, which is a sizeable performance boost from last year’s Snapdragon 430 chipset. The device also has 4GB of RAM this time, an extra gigabyte compared to last year. There’s a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and a 3000mAh battery. It sports 32GB storage and has a micro-SD card slot. There’s a 64GB variant that is priced at $260.
Interestingly, the 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. That is quite surprising, given the fact that Nokia has been making up to date Android an important part of its product pitch. The Nokia 6 is “upgradable” to Android Oreo, but after over half a year since the Oreo launch, this really seems like a misstep.
Lastly, the Nokia 6 runs on a 16MP rear camera, with 1 micron pixel size and f/2 aperture. There’s also an 8MP front camera with a 1.12 pixel size and f/2 aperture. The device also sports Nokia’s “Bothie” feature that was introduced with the Nokia 8 last year. The feature allows both front and rear cameras to work together at the same time.
Like last year, the Nokia 6 (2018) will be selling in China only, and starts shipping from January 10. The Finnish operator is likely to face stiff challenge from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei that is likely to make the official announcement of its flagship device Huawei Mate 10 Pro at next week's CES in Las Vegas. However, it’s unclear whether Nokia 6 will make it to other countries, but it should.