HMD Global has officially announced the Nokia 6 (2018) as its first smartphone of the new year. The new Nokia smartphone is the successor to the last year’s Nokia 6.
Details about its global rollout are yet to emerge. The 32GB Nokia 6 (2018) variant will be available with a price tag of CNY 1,499 (approximately R3 000), whereas its 64GB variant will come at CNY 1,699 (approximately R3 500). Both the variants will come in Black and Silver colour options.
Unlike the original Nokia 6 model that was launched back in January last year with a front-facing fingerprint scanner, the Nokia 6 (2018) will feature the fingerprint scanner on the back.
The new smartphone has also dropped the capacitive keys that were available on alongside the frontal fingerprint scanner on the previous Nokia handset. Nokia has also chosen on-screen navigation to make the interface of the new Nokia 6 closer to stock Android UI. A conspicuous decision as it has maintained a 16:9 display aspect ratio, and not used a 18:9 aspect ratio that was the primary cause of other manufacturers ditching front fingerprint scanners and hardware capacitive buttons. The Nokia 6 (2018) also features a metal unibody build that is made of 6000 series aluminium.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 6 (2018) runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with the handset expecting to receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo sometime in the future. With regards to the display, the Nokia 6 (2018) features a 5.5-inch IPS display with a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, which is clocked at 2.2GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The internal storage of the new Nokia 6 will be upgradable via microSD card slot (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.
The Nokia 6 (2018) boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera sensor with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF lens that has f/2.0 aperture. At the front there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0, 84-degree wide-angle lens.
The smartphone also supports the company’s proprietary Dual-Sight technology which allows you to capture simultaneous shots from the rear and front camera sensors to create a Bothie.
Moving along to the the connectivity aspect, the smartphone has FM radio, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v5, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The device measures 148.8×75.8×8.6mm and weighs 172 grams. Lastly, The Nokia 6 (2018) packs a 3000mAh battery which supports fast charging technology.