The first Android-powered smartphone to carry the Nokia name from HMD Global has been announced. The Nokia 6 features 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage alongside microSD support, a 16 megapixel main camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
The form factor may not push the limits of design – the handset is a monoblock form sculpted from a single piece of aluminium – but it represents the modern design ethics of a smartphone with a 1920×1080 HD screen measuring 5.5 inches on the diagonal.
As expected, the Nokia 6 will run Android, and HMD has confirmed that it will ship with Nougat, the seventh major version of Google’s operating system. Unlike the Nokia Lumia range of Windows Phone-powered handsets, using Android should allow the Nokia 6 to tap into the wide range of third-party Android applications available on the market.
Launching in China opens up a number of interesting dynamics.. Unlike the markets in Europe and North America, the Chinese market is one that is still going through its growth phase. Re-establishing ‘brand Nokia’ is going to be easier here than it would be in the saturated citadels where Nokia once ruled. It also keeps supply lines relatively short from the production facilities, and using a single retailer reduces the demand on logistics for HMD, which is still a company in start-up mode.
The Nokia 6 is clearly playing in the mid-range market. Shipping with a SnapDragon 430 system-on-chip is not going to set the world alight in terms of performance but the chipset should be able to hold its own against handsets at a similar price to the Nokia 6’s 1699 Yuan ($245). Leaning on the Nokia brand, pairing up with Dolby to use its Atmos sound processing, and promoting the use of an aluminium unibody all tie in with a mid-range handset that punches above its weight… all of which tie in with the values many expect from the Nokia brand name.
Aluminum body forming one
Designed to bring you speed, smooth performance experience
Equipped with the Qualcomm® Xiao Long ™ 430 eight-core processor, designed for good battery life and improved graphics processing power.
Exclusive camera interface
Capture all the exciting moments of life, the details eye-catching clear
With 16 megapixel f / 2.0 large aperture camera, phase detection autofocus, built-in scene recognition and dual LED flash to restore the true color and natural color, a touch of a button to shoot wonderful pictures. For amateur self-timer enthusiasts, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for easy integration into your field of vision
Fully meet the entertainment needs
Enjoy your favorite HD movies on a 5.5-inch HD screen
Nokia 6 built-in intelligent power amplifier chip and dual speaker system, treble more resonant, more stable bass. While Dolby Dolby Atmos® technology lets you enjoy unparalleled clarity, whether you’re into the cinema or listening to music.
The latest Android ™ technology
Native Android ™ 7.0 operating system and ultra-fast fingerprint sensor
Nokia 6 pre-installed the latest Android ™ operating system, saving a lot of unnecessary pre-redundant load content. Fast fingerprint sensor and the first time to push the software updates to ensure your phone safe and secure. The latest Android ™ Doze technology gives you a more battery-savvy battery management experience
Native Android ™ 7.0 Nougat operating system