Finally after a long wait, Nokia is back with something interesting, A smartphone that runs in Android OS. It has been arrived in India, you can purchase it from amazon for Rs. 14999 and the US version can be purchased from amazon.com for $279.00. The Nokia 6 was launched in china a while ago. In terms of specifications, the Nokia 6 doesn’t seem impressive with its SD 430 chipset which is more than an year old from Qualcomm. But there is always more than just chipset when it comes to Nokia. Let’s first checkout the specifications of Nokia 6 on paper and we will analyses the pros and cons of the handset. Note that these pros and cons are strictly personal by using the phone for 15 days. I have also included a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section as well.
Nokia 6 Specifications (Indian variant):
- Snapdragon 430 (Octa core, Cortex A-53)
- 3GB RAM
- 5.5 inch 1080p IPS LCD screen
- Adreno 505 GPU
- 32 GB internal storage
- Dual sim/Hybrid MicroSD card slot
- 16 MP Rear/ 8MP From camera with auto focus
- 3000 mAh battery
- Fingerprint scanner
- Dolby Atmos
The Nokia 6 comes with standard normal charger – 5V @ 2A. Its not a fast charger. Also, the box includes an ordinary earphone which is not great, it doesn’t even have any buttons to accept or reject calls or change music. Now lets get into the advantages and disadvantages of the Nokia 6.
Pros and Cons of Nokia 6
The top thing I want to talk about the Nokia 6 is the built quality. It feels way premium than the other phones in this price range. It has a nice metallic body with good finish, doesn’t feel cheap if you hold it in your hand.
The display is covered with a 2.5 D glass which improves the overall finishing of the device. I have to say no other phones competing with Nokia 6 comes anywhere near in terms of built quality.
The 5.5 inch 1080p IPS screen is very good, the colors are accurate, the saturation is excellent and provides good brightness. The screen is visible in outdoor light even if you put it on auto brightness mode which is not the case with many other phones.
Accurate fingerprint scanner
In Nokia 6, fingerprint scanner is on the front, like we see in One plus 5, it is not a button that can be pressed, but kind of a capacitive touch space. The fingerprint scanner is not the fastest but definitely accurate.
From the tests using some of the carriers in India like Airtel, Jio shows that the earpiece quality is good. The voice is very clear on both sides even if you put on speakerphone, the voice is loud and clear.
The Nokia 6 has a sealed non-removable battery like the most smartphones. It has a capacity of 3000 mAh. The battery life is actually not excellent or poor but sits in middle. If you are casual user, it should last for a day with WiFi ON.
During our tests with games like Modern combat 5, Asphalt extreme the phone ran it almost smoothly with some stutters at times. Apart from few frame drops it played the games without any issues. But dont expect to play any games without lags in this device. As it runs on SD 430, as time goes, you can expect more lags and delays in game play.
Also during game play the back can get slightly warm, but it is not definitely over heating.
This phone has 16 MP rear facing camera and a 8 MP front facing camera.
The rear camera performance is very good in terms of color reproduction and saturation in outdoor lighting, but showed mediocrity in indoor shots. But even in indoor lighting the the camera took better shots than many other competitors like Redmi Note 4.
Note that this phone doesn’t have any kind of stabilization – either optical or electronic which is one big drawback. The absence of stabilization is evident when you take a video and your hands are shaking
The front camera comes with auto focus which is very rare in budget oriented smartphones. The performance of the from camera is above average but LG Q6 seems to have a better from camera in reality.
Android security updates
Nokia seems to be pushing security updates more frequently than any other vendor.
Stock like UI
Nokia 6 comes with almost stock android experience with minor tweaks apart from camera interface. Camera app is fully redesigned but still could have been better.
Sports all sensors
Nokia did not skimp on any sensors in Nokia 6 like Samsung does on their mid-range smartphones. Nokia 6 has all the sensors like auto-brightness, compass, gyroscope etc.
Doesn’t have any physical LED notification light.
Nokia 6 does not posses any sort of notification display system such as an ambient display or a Moto display. To see the notifications you have to unlock the phone and pull the notification shade.
Not loud enough speakers
First problem with speakers is the imbalance between the earpiece speaker and the bottom speaker. The bottom speaker is louder than the top one which affects the stereo experience.
Also with media playback, I always felt the volume is low. Disabling the Dolby option boosts the volume little bit. I have to say the Dolby Atmos advertised with this device is immature and doesn’t do any good.
If you use this phone continuously, you will notice some lags at times. It happens when you move around, switching apps, swiping etc.
RAM management could have been better
Despite the fact that Nokia 6 has 3GB RAM, it behaves like some mid-range Samsung phones. It reloads apps if you open 3-4 other apps. Heavier apps suffers the most while you can expect to open 5-6 apps in case of lightweight apps.
Last but not the least, this is one of the major drawback of Nokia 6. It takes close to 3 hours to charge completely which is a shame on Nokia for a device costs 15K. The supplied charger is not a fast charger but the fact is this phone does support fast charging. Connecting it to a fast charger will not reduce charging time. So in most cases you will require overnight charging if you need to use your device next day.
Overall rating: 6/10
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Nokia 6
Q. Does the auto-bigness feature performs well on Nokia 6?
The auto brightness sensor is not well calibrated. The screen brightness is more than necessary in indoor light.
Q. Can we uninstall the amazon bloatware apps?
Sadly, you cant.
Q. What about Nokia 6 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4?
In terms of performance Redmi Note 4 beats Nokia 6 since the Redmi Note 4 has the Snapdragon 625 which is more latest and powerful than the Nokia’s SD 430.
In terms of built quality and camera Nokia 6 beats Redmi note 4.
Q. What is the charging time and screen on time in Nokia 6?
Charging from 5% to 100% took around 2 hours and 45 minutes. Screen on time with WiFi is 5 hours 30 minutes with mobile data ON, 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Q. How is RAM management?
As I mentioned in the cons, the RAM management could have been better. It reloads heavy apps frequently. It may not be a problem for a casual user but could be a deal breaker for power users.
Q. Is there any overheating issues?
We haven’t experience any excessive heating with this device. The back can get slightly warm if you play heavy games for a while.
Q. Is camera quality is comparable to Moto G5 plus?
In terms of camera: Redmi Note 4 < Nokia 6 < Moto G 5 Plus
Q. How is the headphone audio quality?
Audio quality is good only if you use some good third party headphones. Dolby option provided is not good.
Is it made in India?
Yes. Technically, it is assembled in India (The Indian variant)