When we read HMD Global's press release, we were stunned by the high-end specifications and features that Nokia 6 launched with compared to its pricing. Here's a very close OnePlus 3 competitor but which costs more than a £100 less, provided the phone costs the same in the UK as it does in China.
"Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high quality Nokia 6; built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers," said the manufacturer. It also hinted about launching more Nokia phones this year. "We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year.”
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While pricing is one thing that we love about the phone, there are four other factors which we think will make the Nokia 6 a popular phone like its generation-old predecessors. HMD Global seems to have made the right choices so far, but whether it will translate to on ground success will be interesting to see in the coming months. The manufacturer has stated that it intends to offer the best mobile experience at every price point, so don't be surprised if you hear about more Nokia phones priced either higher or lower than the Nokia 6.
Here are a few factors which have made us fall in love with the Nokia 6 at first sight:
Nokia phones left a legacy of tough, unbreakable frames which stood by their owners for years. While developing the new Nokia 6, we are sure that HMD Global had the build quality in its mind. Nokia 6 comes with a durable Aluminium grade 6000 series unibody with two separate anodising processes. This, along with several rounds of polishing, not only makes the phone look simple and attractive but also makes it among the toughest phones around.
We have come to believe that a £300 price tag is brilliant for a phone featuring powerful flagship-esque specifications and features. With the Nokia 6, HMD Global has made £200 the new base, letting budget phone buyers get hold of brilliant specs like 64GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, a 2.5D Gorilla Glass case and a large 5.5-inch Full HD display by spending a third of what premium phones usually cost.
Aside from the specs mentioned above, Nokia 6 also comes with a 16-MP rear camera featuring Phase Detection Autofocus and f/2.0 aperture and an 8-MP front cam.
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There is no dearth of smartphones offering Hi-Fi audio support, wide stereo speakers and sound editing features, but Nokia 6 becomes probably the only one in its price range to feature these qualities. Dual amplifiers in the phone offer 6 decibel louder sounds and deeper bass compared to a regular amplifier and Dolby Atmos creates moving audio which flows around users. While most of us use headphones and wireless earbuds to listen to music, Nokia 6 wouldn't do badly for those who prefer to listen in straight from the speakers.
We still think of those good old days when our Nokia phones stayed alive for over two days on a single charge. While some modern smartphones are slowly getting to that level thanks to larger batteries, energy efficient processors and power saving features, our usage patterns usually ensure that our phones require recharging quicker than we expect them to. While Nokia 6 doesn't boast about featuring any special battery prowess, it features a powerful 3,000 mAh battery and comes with a Snapdragon™ 430 processor with X6 LTE modem which ensure low power usage, albeit offering inferior performance compared to some £300 phones.