• Monday, July 22, 2024

Introduction


Nokia is back! Yes, you heard well. After many years of trying things out with the Microsoft Windows Phone OS, the Lumia line-up is shut down. Afterwards, Nokia brand was acquired by Microsoft, but this also didn’t work out, and these days we even see the official confirmations from Microsoft that they will terminate further development of this OS, and that there will not be any upgrades except for patching a bug here and there. Microsoft has sold the brand to the companies Foxconn and HMD, which has resulted in reintroduction of Nokia phones in 2017, but this time running on – Android. The market is in demand of Android devices, and Nokia can do nothing else but to adapt. This reintroduction was made in January with the Nokia 6 device which we’re testing today. This is an upper middle class device with very good build quality, and at this moment it is placed in the middle of Nokia’s offer. The chassis is made of 6000 series aluminum, and it leaves a great impression by looking and feeling amazing. Something that Nokia puts in focus is almost stock Android experience in their devices, with no bloatware, which will result in better performance. There is also the fingerprint scanner in the front, which helps to bring the device up a notch. There is also a big display, as well as two memory configurations. Inside the factory box, Nokia has included: a warranty card, user manuals, a SIM tray tool, 3.5mm headphones, a microUSB cable and a Nokia fast charging adapter. In our test we have the Matte Black color option, but also available are: Arte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver and Copper. We are really eager to see what a Nokia device with Android can do, how about you?

 

Video review

Unboxing

Display


Nokia has, for the model 6, opted for an IPS LCD panel. It is a 5.5” FullHD resolution panel with a classic aspect ratio – 16:9. Side bezels are reasonably thick, while the top and bottom ones are a bit more “meaty”, which had to be done in order to implement the front facing camera and brightness and proximity sensors on top, as well as HOME, BACK and MENU capacitive buttons on the bottom. The display can show up to 16 million colors, and it covers 70.7% of the front panel. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is more than decent in this class. A thing that we liked in particular, and we’re sure you will as well, is the visibility on the sunlight. Even at direct sunlight, the display is perfectly visible, and the brightness sensor really does an excellent job. Another advantage of this panel is the sharpness, thanks to FullHD resolution. The number of PPI is 401. Colors are well saturated, blacks are nicely reproduced, and changing viewing angles doesn’t hurt the performance of the display. A thing that could be taken as a downside is the reproduction of whites, which is not very accurate, and makes white colors look greenish or blueish. It is not that big of a deal, but more advanced users will definitely notice it.
 

Hardware and OS


After the display, which is amazing, we come to less-spectacular part of the Nokia 6. Sadly, it is the hardware. Although we have a Qualcomm chipset, it is only the Snapdragon 430, which we have had a chance to see in far less expensive Chinese devices. This CPU is not bad, far from it, so it definitely won’t destroy the user experience, but we honestly wouldn’t mind the implementation of, for example, Snapdragon 625 or 653. However, it is what it is, and the Snapdragon 430 inside Nokia 6 brings us an octa-core chipset with Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. Taking into account the number of cores, multitasking should not be an issue for the 6, but we do have some concerns regarding the GPU. It is the Adreno 505 GPU, which itself is a great GPU when paired with HD panels, but rendering FullHD material could be more than it can chew. In some cases, it sadly really is – playing more demanding 3D games for a longer time heats up the chip, which results in a drop of performances due to thermal throttling. Device scored 45359 points on AnTuTu benchmark.

Here we’re speaking about longer use, however, everyday use will not be an issue for the Nokia 6, it will work very fluidly, the response is excellent and almost stock Android only makes things easier for the hardware. RAM memory has the capacity of 3GB, while we have 32GB of storage. This is a typical configuration for this class, but there is also a slightly more expensive version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, which is a great choice for those who don’t plan to switch their device very soon. Some might even say that this is a “future-proof” option. The 4/64 version comes only in Arte Black color which also brings the exclusive factor. Another bright side is the preinstalled OS: it is the Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is minimally modified, and with its looks it resembles Nexus/Pixel devices. Safety patches are consistent, and the latest ones for September are already available. The thing that also cheers us up is the announced upgrade to Android Oreo, and we don’t have a reason to doubt that Nokia will get updates even after Oreo. The fingerprint scanner is located below the capacitive HOME button, it works great, and it is a perfectly effective way to protect you device, and it is an amazing addition considering the price and the class of the model 6.
 

Camera


Another thing we really liked on Nokia 6 is its cameras. On the back, we can find a 16MP sensor below which is a two tone LED flash. When it comes to specifications of the camera, we don’t have anything too spectacular – the aperture is f/2.0, and Phase Detection Auto-Focus is there to provide sharper images. Aside from those, we also have: Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama mode and HDR mode. Photos made by this device are more than just decent. They are very sharp edge to edge, color reproduction is good, and details are kept on a high level while the noise is decently low. High contrast scenes are improved with the HDR, which apart from improving details in over exposed scenes saturates colors nicely, which results in pretty remarkable photos. It is, however, worth to mention that the device takes some time to make HDR adjustments. Another thing that would be a plus is either OIS or EIS, but the Nokia 6 has neither.

Videos are captured in FullHD resolution at 30fps. If the device had stronger hardware, 4K videos would also be possible, considering the fact that the camera sensor is more than capable of making 4K videos. Thankfully, FullHD videos look very good as well, with plenty of details and a stable framerate. Of course, there are options to take videos in a higher framerate – 720p HD videos at 60fps, and 480p VGA videos at 90fps. The only flaw is the color of the LED flash, which makes videos have a yellowish hue. A real treat in the Nokia 6 is the front facing camera. The 8MP sensor has the aperture of f/2.0 and Auto-Focus system. Photos made by the front facing camera are pretty sharp, with nicely reproduced colors and low levels of noise. Low light shooting conditions are somewhat mitigated trough the software. Videos are captured in 1080p FullHD resolution, but lower resolutions are also supported. Videos made by the front facing camera are of decent quality.


 

Connectivity


The Nokia 6 comes in two versions: SingleSIM and DualSIM. Our version here is the TA-1033 SS, which means that this is a SingeSIM (SS) device. Nokia 6 has entered 2017 with a microUSB connector. In this time and age, when almost all manufacturers opt for the Type-C, Nokia chose to implement the microUSB? Not a very logical move, but the price dictates many things. It is worth to mention that Nokia has retained the 3.5mm port which deserves compliments. USB OTG (On-The-Go) is also supported. The list of wireless connections contains:
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • NFC
TA-1033 version supports these frequencies:
  • 2G – 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • 3G – 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G LTE / TD LTE – 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2300 / 2600 MHz

Battery

Lately we got used to the fact that the battery is non-removable, which is also true for the Nokia 6. It is a 3000 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. The device supports fast charging, and a full charge takes around 90 minutes. One full charge will bring you:
  • around 768 hours in stand-by mode
  • around 18 hours of talking time
  • around 22 hours of music reproduction

Final words


We think that this was the only way for Nokia to get back on the track. Nokia 6 represents a well rounded device, which will, most probably, bring a significant market success to the company. Almost stock Android environment fits in very nicely, and the metal casing really gives an impression that this is a high quality device. Weak hardware is somewhat fixed with this stock Android, so we can’t really complain too much because Nokia 6 executes all tasks rather well. All of you Nokia lovers – your wait was worth it! Nokia 6 is our honest recommendation, and this device really does justice to its name.

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Nokia 6 Specifications

Advantages and disadvantages

Reasons for and against it

great display
good cameras
amazing build quality
almost stock Android environment
weak hardware
no Type-C connector in 2017