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Nokia 6 Hands-on, First Impressions


We finally have Nokia’s comeback phone on our own hands. Under its new company, HMD Electronics, Nokia finally gets its much awaited Android smartphone. Without further ado, here’s our hands-on of the Nokia 6.

Nokia 6 feels familiar on hand but at the same time, exudes a certain appeal to it. It’s got a fairly standard 5.5-inch IPS LCD display sporting a Full HD resolution with wide-viewing angles. What’s a bit off with the phone is its top and bottom bezel which is a bit thick for our liking.

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Below the display, a rectangular fingerprint scanner is in between the two backlit-enabled capacitive keys. Above is the earpiece, front sensors, and 8-megapixel selfie camera. There’s also the classic Nokia logo on the top right corner.

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The whole sides of the Nokia 6 have an aluminum frame with visible antenna bands. Both the volume rocker and power/lock button are on the right-hand side while the hybrid card tray is on the left.

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The top side of the 3.5mm headphone jack with single antenna band extending on the opposite side of the port.

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The bottom end is familiar with the micro-USB port at the center. The main microphone is placed just next to it and also the loudspeaker.

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The back of the phone reminisces of an old Lumia but this time it’s made of pure metal. The main 16-megapixel with its dual-tone LED flash and Laser autofocus which protrude a bit making them prone to scratches. The noise-cancelling microphone silently sits above the camera module.

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The overall quality of the Nokia 6 is not far from the Nokia we are accustomed to before just like the fingerprint-magnet back panel. We must admit, the phone is well-built and handsome. With Nokia logo shining on its back, we’d put this on the table just to show that the brand is still alive.

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While the phone is generally great, its prowess is a bit lacking with the Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU and Adreno 505 GPU. No worries with memory as the phone has a generous 4GB of RAM plus 64GB of expandable storage. It’s powered by Android 7.0 Nougat that has a custom skin on top with round icons and non-existing app drawer. Mind you, the unit still doesn’t have any Google Services and Google Play Store on board.  The phone is generally smooth throughout but we’ll save our final judgment for our full review.

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The Nokia 6 so far is an impressive phone although it might disappoint those who are wishing for a familiar Nokia experience. With the introduction of a full Android skinned with an odd UI, it may take more convincing for some. But, for Nokia loyalists, it’s a step forward to keep the brand active.

Nokia 6 specs:
5.5-inch Full HD IPS display
2.5D contoured glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU
Adreno 505 GPU
64GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
16MP rear camera w/ Laser AF, PDAF, Dual-tone flash
8MP front-facing camera
Fingerprint scanner
3000mAh battery with fast charging
Android 7.0 Nougat
154 x 75.8 x 7.85 mm
169 g

The Nokia 6 is sold and fulfilled at Lazada by Hellotronics for Php18,590. See listing here. We’ll be reviewing the phone in the coming days, stay tuned for that.

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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5 years ago

it feels overpriced with the hardware inside, hopefully people will still buy it so that we can see the next unit they release

5 years ago

Closest one you can get from a local phone manufacturer is Cloudfone Next, specs ALMOST the same.

5 years ago

Is it loaded with bloatware? I’m honestly sick of Asus’ bloatware. Sinasayang nya ang 4gb RAM. And I don’t want to have to root the phone to get rid of them.

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The OC
5 years ago

There’s nothing odd about their UI with round icons–it’s probably an offshoot of their Z Launcher that was used for the N1 tablet and later released as a separate UI for Android.

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