Just when you thought they were down for the count, Nokia returns with a graceful mid-range handset that proves the Finnish electronics company wasn't left behind with the indestructible brick cell phones they were known so well for in the 90's. Although there are discussions of certain famous old models making a comeback, Nokia is also focused on offerings that neatly fit in that notch between entry-level and premium, and the Nokia 6 (2018) cleaves its cut cleanly.
The device showed up on Geekbench with a single-core score of nearly 1,000 and a multi-core of roughly 4,500, which are solid figures for a device of its price range. Putting the second-in-command among mid-range processors and a hefty 4 GB of RAM, speed won't be the drawback of this handset. In fact, upon reviewing all of the specs on board, it seems the Nokia 6 hasn't brought any real shortcomings this time around. However, we're going to dive deeper into the individual specs to find out if this if the right smartphone for you, so hang tight.
Processing and Storage
Let's start by saying that putting a Qualcomm in their handset wasn't just expected; it was probably the smartest move Nokia could have made. While MediaTek is more popular among the Chinese brands, you'll sometimes find their chips in the budget bin among manufacturers of the lesser-known variety — not that Nokia isn't known, but they just aren't mainstream like they used to be. However, you should have no trouble blitzing through all of your favorite games and apps with the Snapdragon 630 at the helm, Adreno 508 to render graphics and a solid 4 GB of RAM to give you wiggle room with.
Even if you're settling for the 16 GB variant, there's enough space to keep a substantial number of apps on board, and the hefty microSD support should make it easy to give your media-capturing suite adequate space for the high-resolution pictures and video that you can take on the Nokia 6 (2018). Altogether, these specs form a solid package that can answer all of your basic needs without a sweat and take on more demanding tasks with little or no hesitation. Consider this category a solid win for the Finnish manufacturer.
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
- CPU: 64-bit octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
- RAM: 4 GB
- GPU: Adreno 508
- Inbuilt Storage: 16/32 GB
- MicroSD Support: Yes, up to 2 TB
The only detail we'd really lament on in this department is the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS), which is really needed to help with less-than-stellar lighting conditions while capturing images in motion. This means that your shots may come out a little blurry from time to time. The aperture isn't really a boss here, either, and while this has the kind-of-sort-of benefit of keeping background elements more in focus with the foreground, this will more than likely pale against the loss in exposure that would have come with a tighter f-number.
However, we digress. While the specs aren't spectacular, they're still pretty swell for the cost. Sixteen sweet megapixels on the back and eight in the front is a good start; 1080p on both is just completing the package. You're getting high dynamic range (HDR) and panoramic shots in tow, which will go a ways to fulfilling your photo albums in the spacious microSD cards that the Nokia 6 (2018) can accommodate. Overall, this is a solid area for the handset that brings no significant disappointments to the table, cost considered.
- Photo Resolution: 16 MP back, 8 MP front
- Video Resolution: 1080p (FHD) 30 FPS back, 1080p (FHD) 30 FPS front
- Aperture: f/2.0 back and front
- Pixel Size: 1.0 µm back, 1.12 µm front
- Features: High dynamic range (HDR), panorama
This is already a solid winner just for the fact that Nokia settled on a 1080p FHD resolution on a sizable 5.5-inch display. You should struggle to notice the pixels during normal day-to-day use, but AMOLED would have been a nice addition for the color saturation at least. Still, this is by no means a deal-breaker, and LCD has come a long ways bridging the gap between itself and AMOLED, so you should find that the Nokia 6's display maintains your pictures and videos with pride.
- Screen Size: 5.5 inches
- Resolution: 1,080 x 1,920 (1080p FHD)
- Pixel Density: 403 ppi
- Screen-to-Body Ratio: 73.2%
- Display Technology: IPS LCD
It's really not a surprise that you can't pull the battery out, but having 3,000 mAh is a solid figure today and should provide you with ample juice to make it through the day. Even if it doesn't, the inclusion of fast charging should help you pull all the way to the end even on heavy usage.
- Capacity: 3,000 mAh
- Removable: No
- Technology: Li-ion
- Features: Fast charging
Design and Features
Including the latest Android operating system straight out of the box is already a great benefit in the Nokia 6's favor, and this means that you'll have the most current patches in effect that protect your device from exploits, backdoors and malware in general. The chassis materials are a traditional mix of glass and aluminum, and while these certainly aren't new in this day and age, they nevertheless give the handset that polished look that premium-priced smartphones are best known for. The weight and dimensions are also pretty standard, so this device should fit snugly in your palm for easy everyday use.
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Material: Glass and aluminum
- Dimensions: 75.8 x 148.8 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 172 gm
- Ruggedness: None
- Colors: Blue, White, Black
Generally speaking, there are no actual compromises with the Nokia 6 (2018): The camera suite is good, the processing power is great, the battery will get you through, and you have a fairly safe design language with the most recent Android version on board. Perhaps the only point of mediocrity here is that the handset feels a little too samey and in line with most other smartphones of its caliber, but that's hardly a talking point when you're aiming for an affordable mid-ranger. The verdict is, give this device a check next time you're out shopping for a new phone — we think you'll like what you find.