The recent Nokia phones have been decent Android smartphones, but they’ve failed to set the world on fire. We liked the high-end Nokia 8, and the variants like the Nokia 6 were good phones for their market. In January 2017, Nokia refreshed the popular Nokia 6 with several new features. While the new Nokia 6 is already available in China, we’re expecting a wider release to be announced at the 2018 Mobile World Congress.
The bezels on the 2018 Nokia 6 are only marginally smaller than its predecessor, which is a shame because it has a lot of bezel-less competition. We recently saw Honor bring the bezel-less future to the budget market with the Honor 7X, and midrange phones like the OnePlus 5T have seen the bezel-less trend expand beyond flagship phones like the LG V30, the Galaxy S8, and the iPhone X.
The display in the 2018 Nokia 6 is pretty similar to last year’s model. It sports the same 5.5-inch FHD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Screen resolution comes in at a comparable 1920 x 1080. It’s a decent, but not overly impressive, screen for the price range.
While the body of the 2018 Nokia 6 is slightly smaller than its predecessor, you wouldn’t notice the difference unless you held the devices side by side. Although both phones sport the same size displays, this year’s Nokia 6 has slightly reduced bezels and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back to save space.
The internal changes on the 2018 Nokia 6 are pretty subtle as well. The Snapdragon 430 core on last year’s Nokia 6 has been upgraded to a Snapdragon 630 for 2018. The’s also an impressive 4GB of RAM on this year’s Nokia 6, as well as a 32GB and 64GB storage option with room to expand to 128GB with a microSD card. If you choose to add external storage, however, you lose the dual- SIM capability as microSD card uses the second SIM slot.
Don’t expect a huge change for the camera on the updated Nokia 6 either. The rear camera looks to be much the same at 16MP with an f2 aperture. The 8MP front-facing camera features an 84° wide-angle lens.
Look for a few other holdovers on this year’s Nokia 6 as well. The battery is the exact same as last year’s at 3,000 mAH and, luckily, you’ll still find a headphone jack. Unfortunately, it also comes with Android Nougat 7.1 pre-loaded, though an update to Android Oreo 8.0 is available.
Since the Nokia 6 made its debut last month in China, we’re expecting a wider-launch at MWC in February. It’s rumored to be just one of up to six phones the Finnish phone company will release at the event. We expect the Nokia 6 to be priced around $250 which is consistent with its current Chinese pricing.
Updated on February 14: Confirmed info from China release.