Nokia 6 (2018) launched: Here’s what’s new in the second-gen Nokia 6

The new Nokia 6 (2018), launched in China for a price starting at CNY 1499 (around Rs 14600), will go on sale in the country on January 10

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    • Nokia 6 (2018) launched in China
    • The phone features a circular fingerprint sensor
    • It supports fast charging technology

HMD Global, the creator of new Android-powered Nokia handsets launched the second edition of the Nokia 6 phone. The new Nokia 6 (2018) has made its debut in China for a price starting at CNY 1499 (around Rs 14,600).

The new Nokia handset packs a few noticeable upgrades over the original model like design, slightly curved front panel and more. Here are the key differences of the Nokia 6 (2018) compared to the last generation Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 (2018) design & build

The Nokia 6 (2018) has thinner side bezels and smooth curved edges. Further, the fingerprint sensor which was embedded in the home button in the original model is now moved to the rear side on the new Nokia smartphone. It sports a circular shaped fingerprint scanner that sits below the rear camera. The capacitive keys have been removed and the second-generation Nokia 6 now features on-screen navigation buttons. The device has a USB Type-C port drilled at the base instead of the micro-USB port found on its predecessor.

Nokia 6 (2018) processor

While the previous Nokia 6 smartphone carried an entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, the Nokia 6 (2018) now accommodates a better octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz and paired with Adreno 508 GPU. With more processing muscle, the new Nokia phone will be able to render improved image processing in low light, deliver better battery life and optimise device performance. The Adreno 508 GPU will be capable of rendering better 3D graphics too.

The new Nokia 6 (2018) features a circular-shaped fingerprint sensor on the rear panel
The new Nokia 6 (2018) features a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear panel

Nokia 6 (2018) storage

HMD Global brought the original Nokia 6 in two RAM/storage version- 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The Nokia 6 (2018) comes in two ROM variants- 4GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB onboard storage. The storage is further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.

Nokia 6 (2018) camera features

The Nokia 6 (2018) carries the same 16MP unit like the first-gen Nokia 6 but this time around HMD has integrated the ‘Dual-Sight technology’ on its new Android smartphone. The Dual-Sight which was first introduced on the company’s flagship model Nokia 8 allows capturing shots both from the front and the rear camera sensor simultaneously. The rear camera comes with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection auto-focus and dual-tone LED flash.

The original Nokia 6 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC

Apart from the aforementioned changes, other aspects of the Nokia 6 (2018) remain the same as its predecessor. The phone is built from a single block of 6000 Series Aluminium. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1280 pixel) display with Corning Gorilla 3 sheathed on top. The device runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, however, it is expected to receive the latest Android version, Android 8.0 Oreo soon. It has an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree wide-angle lens.

Connectivity options on the phone include- 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v.5 and GPS. Like the Nokia 6 (Review), the new phone packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, but the Nokia 6 (2018) now comes with fast charging support.

As for the pricing, the 32GB version is priced at CNY 1499 (around Rs 14600) and the 64GB model comes at a price of 1699 (roughly Rs 16600). The phone is available for pre-order on Chinese site Suning and it will go on sale in the country on January 10. Details about the global roll-out have not been shared by the company yet. However, if HMD brings the new Nokia 6 (2018) for a price similar to the Chinese variant, it will face stiff competition from Xiaomi’s Android One edition smartphone, the Mi A1 and a few others.