Nokia 6 (2018) – Complete Review
The complete review on Nokia 6 (2018) – A smartly upgraded mobile.
Nokia has come up with its new midrange budget smartphone the Nokia 6 (2018) – A smartphone that takes all that made the Nokia 6 (2017) with a few upgrades like faster processor, fast-charging, etc. Here is the complete review of its upgraded performance.
Design and Build Quality
As compared to its predecessor the Nokia 6 (2018) feels solid in hands. The color combination and the Accents (rings) at the corners of the smartphone and around the camera gives this smartphone a unique look. The phone is built out of a single block of anodized 6000 series Aluminium and I should agree the fact that this smartphone looks premium.
In Nokia 8 (2018) HMD Global has removed the dedicated navigation key and also relocated the Fingerprint sensor to the middle of the back of the smartphone, Thus to make the smartphone smaller and handy. The USB type-C port and the speaker is located at the bottom and at the top it has 3.5mm headphone jack. To the right, it has the Volume rockers and the Power button whereas the sim card tray is located at the left. Overall this smartphone feels good when it comes to the look and build quality.
The Nokia 6 (2018) features the same 5.5 inch, Full HD LCD display with the older 16:9 Display aspect ratio (403 PPI density) and it is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. The display is very sharp, Vibrant and offers a greater color contrast with extended viewing angle. Overall it gives a decent output at both indoor and outdoor.
Here we don’t see any big improvement over the previous version. The Nokia 6 (2018) comes with the same 16 MP front-facing camera with f2.0 aperture at the back. But HMD Global has done some software optimization on the camera application. It adds Bothie mode – which let you capture the image with both front and back camera at the same time. Also, the optimized Pro camera mode helps you to take a better image. It produces sharper image with decent color reproduction at daylight. The HDR shots are well clear with greater depth and good color contrast. But when it comes to lowlight images, It struggles a lot. In low light and artificial lighting conditions, the phone struggles to reproduce the color and also produces much more noise. Though it produces decent images at daylight, The low light imaging is not even comparable with other smartphones at this price range.
Coming to the selfie camera, it is packed with the 8MP front camera with f2.0 aperture.The performance of the selfie camera is quite good enough. The selfie images are sharp with better color reproduction and with higher dynamic range. HMD Global has optimized the software to take portrait selfie shots and is quite decent.
The phone is now capable of taking 4K videos at 30fps. But due to the absence of Image stabilization, you might notice some shakiness on the video that captured. Thought the quality of the video is good, there are some issues in Autofocusing like the Redmi’s latest device. Overall its a disappointing camera performance with few fancy stuffs.
Its the place where the Nokia 6 (2018) has come with a major shift. The smartphone comes with Snapdragon 630 chipset, Which is one of the most powerful chipsets in this Price range. Snapdragon 630 – is 10% more powerful than its predecessor’ s. The phone has 4GB RAM and 32/64 GB of internal storage with microSD support to 256 GB. Its a great phone for the day-to-day life and surely you will notice the performance improvements in this smartphone. Overall the performance of the smartphone well improved and is quite faster and snappy.
The Global variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) comes with Android Oreo under Android one. However HMD Global has made some changes to few apps like the camera app, gestures, etc. As there are no dedicated navigation keys, the phone comes with an Onscreen keyboard. But to make use of the entire screen, HMD global has enabled the gesture option for navigation. These gestures are extremely natural, and you can be used to it in a matter of few hours.
In the early version the smartphone has double headed speaker, but HMD has removed it. However, the speaker at the bottom is excellent. It produces louder audio with clear and crisp tone. As of now, we don’t notice any glitch in cellular reception and The call quality is also good.
To reduce the size of the smartphone the fingerprint scanner is moved to the back of the smartphone, Earlier it was at the front below the display. Though I prefer the Fingerprint sensor to be at the front, Its now placed at the well accessible position as like other smartphones and its technically faster and accurate.
The smartphone comes with the same 3000mAh Li-ion Nonremovable battery, The new improvement is the fast-charging support and the USB Type-C port. The phone charges from 0 to 50 % in just 30 minutes. You might also notice the increased battery life, because of the latest chipset and optimized software. Even it heavy use the smart will last for a full day without recharging.
It’s definitely a better phone this year with faster software updates with greater performance and longer battery life. If you use the camera on many occasions, just don’t go for it. Its one of the smartphone with poorest camera performance at this price range.