Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, cameras with Zeiss optics and changed design Nokia 6 (2018)
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Nokia 6 (2018) Design
The body of last year’s Nokia 6 was highly praised. In such a situation, HMD Global has decided to stick to the old strategy. This time too the build quality has not been compromised. The Nokia 6 2018 is made from a single block of Series 6000 aluminum and it feels very sturdy in the hands.
During the review, this phone fell from our hands several times. But it did no harm. We also checked and tested Nokia’s claims of strength. For this, tried to bend the smartphone. And we failed every time. Like the old variant, Nokia 6 (2018) is also ahead in the race for the strongest smartphone of the year.
Due to the sturdy construction, many things have to be compromised. With a thickness of 8.5 mm, this smartphone is not the thinnest option. At the same time, the wide borders above and below the display also give a bulky look to the phone. It was not convenient to use the phone with one hand for a long time. Because the phone is a bit wide.
The Nokia 6 (2018) comes with three different two-tone finishes. The rear cameras and the accents on the edge of the frame work to enhance the design.
The power and volume buttons are easy to reach. They have got a place on the right bank. On the left edge there is room for a hybrid dual SIM slot. Regrettably, the user has to choose between another SIM card and a microSD card.
The rear camera and dual LED flash are present in a line in the middle of the phone. This is where the branding of Zeiss comes in. The fingerprint sensor has got a place below the camera setup. It is a bit slow and doesn’t respond at times. It is also not easy to reach it. During the review, we were touching the LED flash several times instead of the fingerprint sensor.
Nokia 6 (2018) Specifications
Last year, the Nokia 6 was hit hard by the slightly weaker Snapdragon 430 processor. This time HMD Global has decided to offer a more powerful Snapdragon 630 processor with the highest clock speed of 2.2 GHz.
There are many more upgrades in the hardware. The Micro-USB port has been replaced by a USB Type-C port. Nokia has joined Android One. This means, guaranteed regular software updates. Both the Mode and Ozo Audio of last year’s flagship smartphone Nokia 8 have been made a part of this midrange handset.
Where Xiaomi makes available many variants of its smartphone. This time Nokia has not experimented much. Right now only one variant of Nokia 6 (2018) has been introduced. It is equipped with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. It will also be possible to use a microSD card if needed. By the way, in the coming time a new variant of this phone will also come.
This time the company has decided to give Zeiss Optics in the midrange smartphone. Coming to the camera setup, the Nokia 6 (2018) sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics that comes with dual-tone LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. At the same time, an 8-megapixel sensor with fixed focus has been given on the front panel. It is equipped with F / 2.0 aperture.
There is no change in battery capacity. However, the 3000 mAh battery now supports fast charging. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, FM radio, GPS / A-GPS, USB Type-C and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Nokia 6 (2018) performance, cameras and battery life
Nokia 6 is a sleek and beautiful looking smartphone, but its power did not go with the look. But after the arrival of the Snapdragon 630 processor, the matter of Nokia 6 (2018) has become something else. During the review, we found that the phone performed every task very easily.
Even while playing powerful games, the Nokia 6 (2018) did not face much problem. Powerful games like Asphalt 8 also run on the phone without any problem. The good news is that the Nokia 6 (2018) doesn’t get too hot while playing powerful games or recording full-HD videos. We’ve benchmarked the Nokia 6 (2018) and got respectable scores.
Colors are punchy on the 5.5-inch LCD screen and the brightness is also high. However, the viewing angles could have been better.
Call quality was also good in our experience. 4G connectivity was strong even in areas with weak network. We were disappointed to see only one speaker at the bottom. Stereo speakers were given in last year’s Nokia 6. The sound quality is average and at times when using the phone in landscape mode, the speakers come under the palms. The accompanying earphone is of very average quality.
Last year, HMD Global tried to give stock Android to the smartphone to give its phone a different identity. Now the company has joined Google’s Android One program. Because of this, there is no unwanted app in Nokia 6 (2018). You will get a feature called Glance Screen which shows notifications of missed calls, alarms and mail or messages in the lock screen. HMD Global has promised that the Nokia 6 will get Android P updates this year and Android Q next year.
Nokia 6 (2018) comes with built in face recognition. Face unlock works fine in sufficient light. But it has a problem in low light and sunlight.
The battery life of the Nokia 6 (2018) lasted for 11 hours and 45 minutes in our HD video loop test. It should be praised. The battery lasted for more than a day in daily use. In our test, the battery of the Nokia 6 (2018) phone gets charged 40 percent in 30 minutes.
Nokia 6 (2018) Cameras
The camera performance of Nokia 6 (2018) is like ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’. Even after having Zeiss optics, the performance in low light has not improved. Photos taken with the 16-megapixel rear camera in low light have noise and lack of detail. Is. Autofocus also becomes weak in adverse Lightning conditions.
In sufficient light, the camera performs with power. On most of the occasions, it manages to get the right exposure and captures pictures with great detail. Even indoors, when there was enough light, the pictures came out with crisp and detail. Dual-LED flash helps in capturing pictures. Color reproduction is not the strongest aspect of this phone.
The good thing is that it has a powerful professional mode. It lets you control exposure, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and autofocus. By changing the settings, we were able to get accurate colors. We hope Nokia will improve the auto mode with a software update.
The 8-megapixel front camera delivers strong performance when there is enough light. If seen, it is much better than the selfie sensor of last year’s Nokia 6. The quality of the pictures also degrades when the light is low. And there is no front flash in it either.
In Nokia 6 (2018), you will be able to capture photos or videos with the rear and front cameras simultaneously. Bothie mode is a handy feature. Regrettably, the quality of pictures taken with the front and rear cameras in this mode is weak.
The build quality of the Nokia 6 (2018) is excellent. The performance is decent and the battery life is good. At the same time, Android One OS comes with software update guarantee. The Nokia brand has always been known for making strong phones. The Nokia 6 (2018) is also no exception. Even though it is not the prettiest phone to look at, it is extremely capable.
This doesn’t mean that all is well with the Nokia 6 (2018). You won’t get the 18:9 display that is trending these days. The performance of the rear camera in low light is not very good and the color reproduction in auto mode is also not accurate. The biggest challenger to this phone is the Redmi Note 5 Pro whose price starts from Rs 14,999. It is equipped with 18: 9 display and better hardware. At the same time, the Redmi Note 5 Pro does not have stock Android and it is not as strong as the Nokia 6 (2018).