Nokia 6 Marks the Return of Nokia's Phone Brand as a Low Cost Android Phone
It has been an eventful ride for Nokia which started out as a leading phone company to turning down Google's alliance and eventually bought over by Microsoft. The Nokia brand was dropped for Microsoft's more recent Lumia models but has been revived by Finnish based HMD Global Oy to their phones.
HMD has since joined Google to produce the Nokia 6, its first smartphone supporting the Google Android platform with the Nokia brand. The Nokia 6 which was launched early 2017 in Hong Kong and around Asia is also now being sold at a cheaper price on Amazon Prime.
While offering mostly the typical Android experience, it's good to still see some classic Nokia elements on the Nokia 6, specifically the iconic Nokia startup tone, that set it apart from other Android phones. HMD also promises to deliver security from unwanted software and fast updates for the Nokia 6 which runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. Unlike the LG Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P supporting the older Android Marshmallow, the Nokia 6 doesn't come enabled with USB Type-C, rather like these Nexus phones, only supports USB 2.0 (480 Mb/s) speeds and no DisplayPort.
While over at the Hong Kong International Airport, we came across the Nokia 6 being promoted at the Fortress electronics and telecom store. Here a complimentary package consisting of another free phone, hotel stay, and 1-year protection plan was being offered upon purchase of the Nokia 6 bundled with the service plan.
The Nokia 6 looks premium for a mid range phone covered in metallic and glossy finish. It boasts a 5.5-inch IPS LCD 1920x1080 Full HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and comes with 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras.
The Nokia 6 supports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor to charge using Qualcomm Quick Charge technology over its USB 2.0 port. It offers up to 64GB storage and 4GB RAM with up to 128GB microSD card slot. The phone also supports other features such as a fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos powered audio, NFC, and Google services.