Nokia 6: An Android Nougat smartphone for China

The announcement of the latest Nokia smartphone came yesterday. The Nokia 6 is the Finnish brand’s latest attempt at an Android smartphone. According to earlier rumours, the device should have been released at the Mobile World Congress later in February.

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HMD: “The dual amplifiers deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and unmatched clarity.” We’re not sure the sound will stand out in a club, though

Although this phone will be exclusively sold in China, HMD, the Finnish start-up that holds the rights to sell Nokia devices, says more models will come out this year. Whether this device is a sign of the company signaling a significant comeback is uncertain.

The Nokia 6 comes with a full HD 5.5-inch display. This seems apt considering it is entering the mid-range market for smartphones. The display is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass as well as a polarised layer on its surface for improved daylight reading.

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An all-aluminum unibody nicely frames the display on the smartphone, which lends a premium look to a smartphone priced under $250

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and 4GB of RAM power the device. It comes with 64GB of internal storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD) and a 3,000mAh battery. The expandable memory and solid battery capacity are a very good addition to the device.

For camera enthusiasts, the Nokia 6 flaunts a 16mp rear snapper with a f/2.0 lens and phase-detection autofocus, while the 8mp selfie shooter has an 84-degree wide-angle lens. Dual Dolby Atmos speakers with built-in amplifiers pump out the smartphone’s audio. The company claims this set-up will deliver sound that is six decibels louder than regular amplifiers.

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The Nokia 6 comes with Android Nougat out of the box

Last but not the least, Android 7.0 Nougat will be out-of-the-box. This brings the smartphone up to competition levels with Samsung S7 and others, at least on the OS front. How frequently the updates will be available on the devices is yet to be seen.

Considering the device will be available only in China, it is going to be interesting to see how the Nokia 6 will do in such a competitive market. The phone will be available sometime soon and will retail for around $250 (Dh920).