Nokia 6 initial look: Latest Android program and security, sub-$200 price, glorious fit and finish

Microsoft purchased Nokia’s inclination and services unit in 2013, though there was wish we would see destiny Nokia inclination starting in Jan 2016. Thanks in partial to Amazon’s Prime disdainful phones program a new Nokia 6 is accessible currently for as low as $179.99.

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The new Nokia 6 comes to us from HMD Global and offers a high turn of specifications, an appealing design, and a latest Android handling complement for reduction than $200. As a chairman who started regulating Nokia inclination in 2001, it’s good to see a Nokia code behind on smartphones 16 years later.

HMD Global is also a Finnish association that licenses a Nokia code to also design, market, and sell a devices. HMD Global announced four Nokia-branded phones during MWC in January and this Nokia 6 from Amazon is a initial to launch in a US.

Specifications

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Display: 5.5 in. 1920×1080 pixels fortitude IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB inner with microSD enlargement label slot
  • Cameras: Rear 16 megapixel with 1.0µm pixel, f/2.0 orifice camera. Front 8 megapixel with f/2.0 orifice and 1.12µm pixel
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Wireless connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, G-Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Ambient Light, Proximity
  • Dimensions: 154 x 75.8 x 7.85 mm and 167 grams

The Nokia 6 dimensions, including weight, are roughly a accurate same as a HTC U11. Interestingly, a Nokia 6 also has a identical twin orator setup with a reduce orator powering many of a sound and a headset speaker, above a display, contributing to a audio experience. The Nokia 6 audio is branded Dolby Atmos.

The Nokia 6 is a GSM unbarred device that works on T-Mobile and ATT in a US, in further to other GSM carriers.

Hardware initial thoughts

In further to a likeness in distance to a HTC U11, a Nokia 6 has a same character form front fingerprint scanner and seems to perform usually as quickly. There are also twin capacitive buttons next a display, left one for behind and a right one for a charge manager.

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The Gorilla Glass arrangement is winding during a edges to upsurge down easily into a sides. The 6000-series aluminum unibody bombard looks good with a discriminating beveled edges. The receiver lines are integrated nearby a tip and bottom of a behind so are not unsightly.

The 1080p arrangement looks good and is ideally glorious for reading ebooks or examination videos. The twin orator setup can't kick a HTC U11, though a Nokia 6 sounds good and for reduction than $200 we can't complain.

Thankfully, there is a 3.5mm headset jack positioned during a tip of a phone. A microUSB pier is centered on a bottom for charging, though we would cite to have seen USB Type-C in 2017.

In my singular testing, a camera appears to perform well. With a new Carl Zeiss attribute with HMD Global, we are expected to see some high peculiarity cameras on destiny Nokia phones.

I have usually spent a few days with a Nokia 6 so am not nonetheless prepared to decider a battery life, opening of a accepting or call quality, or ability to perform with several apps running.


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Software initial thoughts

The Nokia 6 launches with Android 7.1.1 and a Jun Android confidence update. This is a newer chronicle of Android than we see on many new Android smartphones, including a Samsung Galaxy S8. The launcher is a Google Launcher so a appropriate to a right takes we to a Google Now cards interface. Google Assistant is present, as good as all a good Google apps we design to see on an Android phone.

Amazon also includes several Amazon apps, including Prime Photos, Prime Videos, Amazon Kindle, Audible, Prime Now, IMDb, Goodreads, Amazon Drive, Amazon Music, Amazon Alexa, and a Amazon selling app. These can't be private from a device. Amazon single-sign on is upheld to make it easier to use these apps too.

It was good to see a FM radio is also benefaction on a Nokia 6 as we suffer listening to internal sports around internal radio stations.

I asked to check out a Amazon Prime Exclusive chronicle that comes with offers and ads given that is accessible for $179.99 and is expected a many renouned choice. If we do not wish ads and offers, afterwards we can compensate $50 more, $229.00. The additional $50 gives we a phone though all of a Amazon apps commissioned by default. The Prime Exclusive one has Amazon ads on a close screen, though after we clear it afterwards a phone is fundamentally a same as a some-more costly one.

Summary

The ads on a close shade never worried me or seemed to delayed down a device so if someone was to ask me we would suggest saving $50 to collect adult a Prime Exclusive model. As an Amazon Prime member, it is available to have a Amazon apps commissioned on a device, as we implement them on my smartphone anyway.

Phones as good as a Nokia 6 make me doubt spending 3 to 4 times some-more for flagships from Samsung, LG, HTC, and Apple. If we wasn’t in a business of essay about smartphones, we am really extraordinary if we could do all we enterprise with a $200 smartphone. For usually $180, a Nokia 6 is an glorious choice for a backup phone if we usually can't give adult profitable $700 to $900 for a flagship.

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