Not so many saw Nokia making a comeback in the mobile phone industry via Android, which is why the launch of the Nokia 6 back in January took many by surprise, including folks here at TWG.
The phone was made available first to the Chinese market, the largest smartphone market in the world. But HMD Global, the company that now owns the Nokia brand, relaunched the same phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona later in February, confirming that the phone would no longer be exclusive to the Chinese market.
This came as good news for many Nokia fans, especially since the brand had not fared on quite well with Microsoft’s Windows Phone. With the entry of Android, it was no doubt that many will come on board and looking at the demand the Nokia 6 has seen since its launch, there’s no doubt that the Finnish company is indeed back.
So, what is actually making the Nokia 6 such an in-demand Android phone? Let’s take a closer look at the specs, features, and price of the phone.
For the design, the Nokia 6 has an aluminum unibody that you see on quite a number of midrange phones these days, a design that gives it a premium feel when compared to other phones in its class. The screen size is decent at 5.5 inches with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.
The specs under the hood include an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with a clock speed of 1.4GHz. This SoC is then paired with either 3GB or 4GB RAM. Where the base variant has 32GB of expandable storage, the high-end model has 64GB of storage, which can also be expanded using a microSD card.
For the cameras, the Nokia 6 has a decent 16MP lens on the back that features the likes of f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and 1080p video recording. The front camera has an 8MP lens with the same aperture and support for 1080p video recording.
Like any other midrange phone, the Nokia 6 also comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, support for 4G LTE connectivity, a decent 3000mAh battery unit with support for fast charging technology and adds Dolby Atmos sound enhancement for a superior audio experience.
In terms of software, the first units came preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat, but the newer models are coming in with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. HMD Global is using a near stock Android experience, something that has meant the Nokia 6 is making headlines in terms of receiving software updates at the same time with the Google Pixel and Nexus phones. The company has also promised that the updates to Android O and Android P will be made available to the phone, which is just a great thing to hear.
As for the pricing and availability, HMD Global promised that the Nokia 6 will be sold in more than 120 markets across the globe. So far, quite a number of them have already received the phone, but some, including Kenya, are still in line to get the phone in the coming weeks and months. The 3GB/32GB variant has a price tag of 229 euros or about Ksh 27,100 while the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at 299 euros, which equates to about Ksh 35,400.
Despite not being official in Kenya, the Nokia 6 is already available via a number of channels led by Avechi. Here, the retailer is currently selling the high-end 4GB/64GB variant at a discounted price of Ksh 31,499.