Nokia 6 Review – Most Awaited Smart Phone from the Legend

Which is your definition of a “better” phone? Better specs? Better feature? All of these are useless without a good user experience. As I always say: The things that makes a phone better than another are very subjective. Yeah Nokia has been coming back to rule again the Mobile World. The Nokia 6 is a Nokia branded mid-range smartphone exclusive to the Chinese market. It is the first smartphone from HMD Global and the first Nokia-branded smartphone since the Lumia 638 in 2014.

Nokia mobile officially invited the press to a February 26 event after teasing the Nokia 6, which is already on sale in China, in a video on its Facebook page. “Get ready!” the post read, “The Nokia 6 is coming to China! More announcements to follow on February 26… Save the date!” If you think that why they choose China. Then here is the answer, according to the Nokia official Facebook page they said that China is the world’s largest smartphone market. It is also the most competitive one. That is why their obvious choice is China. Their ambition is to set a new standard in design, material quality and manufacturing innovation across every tier of products by continuing to build on all the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience.

Key feature:

  • 5’’ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 1080 resolution, 403ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android OS, v7. 0 (Nougat)
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 505, 4GB RM
  • Internal 64 GB, MicroSD 256 GB
  • 16 MP main camera with f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p@30 fps video
  • 8 MP secondary camera with f/2.0, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p video
  • 4G LTE, Dual SIM support, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPA, USB v2.0 with OTG, Fingerprint,
  • Fast battery charging
  • Non- removable Li-on 3000 mAh battery


Main shortcomings:

  • No user-replaceable battery and less battery power
  • No google play store app for now
  • Screen resolution is not flagship-grade
  • No upgraded Chipset
  • Back side of the mobile attracts finger print

Now you may have this question that there are better phones for half of the price. Yes, there is some strong competition in the price range. Better yet, it is not at all unreasonable to expect cutting- edge specs in this price point.

The first contender that comes to mind is the OnePlus 3T. Values-wise, it definitely doesn’t lack behind the Nokia 6. It is the compact package with 5.5’’ 1080 p@401 ppi pixel density display. It has Gorilla Glass 4 with Oxygen OS 4.0.2. It also has the Snapdragon 821 Chipset with Adreno 530 and 6 GB RAM. OnePlus 3T build with Type-C 1.0 USB and 16 MP front facing camera. But OnePlus 3T is one step behind with the Nokia 6 in low light imaging. OnePlus 3T has the fastest Fingerprint sensors with 3400 mAh battery power. You may also find some extra features in OnePlus 3T which are not in the Nokia 6. Price-wise, there is practically no difference.

Speaking of ZTE, I can’t fail to mention the Nubia Z11 either. The pricing is right and so are the internals – Snapdragon 820, 4GB to 6GB of RAM and 64GB to 128GB of storage. The 1080p LCD panel is somewhat of a downgrade, but, overall, it is definitely a device worth considering.

Continuing with other compelling offers out in China, I inevitably come to Xiaomi. The Mi 5s Plus has 5.7” FullHD, LCD handset packs a Snapdragon 821 as well and up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. There is another Xiaomi option still – the new Mi Note 2.  With a Snapdragon 821, up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, and a 5.7” OLED panel, the Mi Note 2 checks all the right boxes.

Huawei has a few competitive offers in this price range. The Huawei P9 is an excellent option. Huawei’s Honor Note 8 should also allow you to stay in this price range. Other notable mention include the Samsung J7 2016 edition.

Once the biggest and the best-known mobile phone manufacture, following some tough competition from iPhone and Android Nokia in 2011 made the fatal mistake of agreeing to produce only Windows phones. In 2014 it packed up its mobile phone game and sold its business to Microsoft to 2017, and with Android onboard, this could be the Nokia comeback we have been waiting for.

All things considered, I would not hesitate twice to recommend the Nokia 6 to virtually any prospective phone buyers. In terms of value, it is currently among the most compelling offers out there. Big screen, good looks, well-known, solid performance, the Nokia 6 is good to go. On the other hand, if you want more for your money, be sure to do your homework.