After a really long wait, Nokia 6 is finally available for purchase in India. Well sort of. You will still have to beat the online rush to buy it in weekly flash sales on Amazon. Even though it first went official around 5 months back (which is like ages in tech time), the phone still makes a lot of sense in India, simply because Nokia has priced it competitively. For Rs. 14,999 INR, Nokia 6 promises Aluminum build and premium Android experience. But does it deliver?
Let’s answer all questions related to Nokia 6 to help you make up your mind.
- Excellent design and Build
- Optimized stock Android software
- Good quality display
- Decent battery backup
- Camera could have been better
- Hybrid SIM Slot
- Loudspeaker isn’t loud enough
- Heating issue
Nokia 6 Specs and Features
|Display||5.5-inch, Full HD, IPS LCD, 2.5D curved glass display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection|
|Processor||1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Adreno 505 GPU|
|Internal Storage||32GB, expandable up to 256GB|
|Software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Primary Camera||16MP (main), PDAF, f/2.0 aperture Dual Tone LED Flash|
|Secondary Camera||8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture|
|Others||4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB OTG, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack|
Nokia 6 Look and Feel
Question: How is the Nokia 6 design?
Answer: Nokia 6 looks absolutely beautiful. As we have stated before, this is one of those phones that looks much better in person than in pictures. And in our opinion, the silver color works best.
The handset has a gorgeous aluminum body with sharp edges. The back isn’t totally flat but is adorned with very subtle curves towards all edges. In line with the modern trends, there are U-shaped antenna bands on the rear and 2.5D glass on the black fascia.
The fingerprint sensor is present on the front, interposed between the back and recent apps key, below the display and the audio jack is present up top.
The design and build are primary strengths of Nokia 6. But those sharp edges are rather susceptible to damage and you will have to plant it in a case as soon as possible.
Question: How is the Nokia 6 build quality?
Answer: It does justice to the signature Nokia build quality of yesteryear. Nothing to worry here.
Question: Is Nokia 6 Water resistant?
Answer: No, it’s not.
Question: Does the Nokia 6 comes with back cover and tempered glass?
Answer: No, only standard earphones, USB cable, and Charger are bundled in the box. You can choose one of these case options.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have capacitive navigation buttons below the display? Are they backlit?
Answer: Yes, navigation buttons are present below the display. Yes, they are backlit. You can also set the duration for how long the button light needs to remain on.
Question: How is the Nokia 6 display?
Answer: HMD Global is using a very good quality IPS LCD panel on the Nokia 6. Dynamic range, color contrast, viewing angles and outdoor visibility are good. This is one of the best displays available in this price range.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have sRGB color Mode? How to enable it?
Answer – The option to switch to the sRGB color mode is present under developer settings, but you cannot enable it. If you turn it on, it will be disabled automatically when you leave the developer settings menu. The phone adheres to NTSC gamut by default and thus whites are blue-ish.
Question: Does the Nokia 6 have the option for automatic brightness?
Answer: The phone has adaptive brightness like all other stock Android phones. Brightness adjusted reasonably well on its own and we didn’t have to tinker with the brightness levels very often.
Question: Does the Nokia 6 display have Gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, the phone has Gorilla Glass 3 layered on the display.
Nokia 6 Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on Nokia 6?
Answer: Out of 32GB, around 22GB is available at the user end. Since it’s a hybrid dual SIM device, you won’t be able to add microSD card if you use two SIM cards.
Question: How much RAM is free on Nokia 6?
Answer: At the time of first boot, about 2.0GB free RAM was available. You can conveniently multi task or play games with Nokia 6 without RAM management coming in the way.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have a separate microSD card slot?
Answer: No, unfortunately, it doesn’t.
Question: Does Nokia 6 support USB OTG?
Answer: Yes, the phone supports USB OTG.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: Yes, the home button on the front is integrated with a fingerprint sensor. You can register up to 5 fingerprints.
Question: Is the fingerprint sensor on Nokia 6 fast and accurate? Is it always-on type?
Answer: The fingerprint sensor is very fast and accurate, it’s however very narrow and a little too close to the bottom edge and that gets in the way at times. And yes, it’s always on.
Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Nokia 6?
Answer: The day to day performance is perfectly smooth, if not outright snappy. Nokia 6 is significantly faster than other Snapdragon 430 phones that we have used (Redmi 4, Lenovo K6 power, etc.).
We tried a couple of graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 and NFS and they ran surprisingly well. At highest settings, we did observe a few frame drops, but the games were very much playable.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have heating issues?
Answer: The phone felt warm when ever subjected to heavy usage (or even regular usage), but when checked using the heat gun, the temperature was within control.
The point being, the phone gets warm with charging, or while playing games for extended durations or when the camera app remains open for a long time, but that’s perhaps more because of the quality of Aluminum used on the phone. Also, it cools down pretty fast.
Question: Does Nokia 6 support Google cardboard and other VR Apps? Does Nokia 6 have gyroscope sensor?
Answer: Yes, the Gyroscope sensor is present. Google cardboard and other VR apps are supported.
Nokia 6 Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench single core||673|
|Geekbench multi core||2716|
Question: How is the Nokia 6 camera quality?
Answer: The Nokia 6 camera can click good shots outdoors, but the camera software gets confused with tricky exposures. We found ourselves using the HDR Mode very often for more balanced metering.
The camera performance indoor seems fine, but not immaculate. Sometimes the image processing software over-sharpens the images clicked indoors to compensate for noise and a few times we encountered shutter lags. By default camera shoots 4:3 aspect ratio images with both front and rear cameras.
Overall, the camera on the Nokia 6 can shoot some great images when the lighting is good or even indoors, but not effortlessly. It isn’t anything out of the ordinary and is pretty much on par with what most other manufacturers offer in this budget.
Question: How is the selfie camera on Nokia 6?
Answer: The Selfie camera can is a good performer. You will need to keep your hands steady in low light, though.
Question: Can the Nokia 6 shoot 4K videos?
Answer: You can record up to 1080p full HD videos from both front and rear cameras.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Nokia 6?
Answer: No, you cannot.
Nokia 6 Camera Samples
Question: How is the software on the Nokia 6? Is gesture support present on Nokia 6?
Answer: HMD global is using almost stock Android software on the Nokia 6. Which is to say, there are no added frills in the UI, but the software is smooth and well optimized. UI transitions are fast.
Nokia has made some cosmetic changes to the launcher and added a few gestures as well (double press power key to open camera, mute on pick up, and turn over to reject call).
Question: Does Nokia 6 have one hand mode?
Question: Can you run dual apps or two apps with the same account on Nokia 6?
Answer: The option isn’t built in the OS. But you can still use dual apps efficiently using the following method.
Question: Will Nokia 6 get Android 8.0 Oreo update?
Answer: There is no official word yet, but it’s a good contender for Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does Nokia 6 support?
Answer: It supports nano SIM card on both slots. The second slot is hybrid.
Question: Does Nokia 6 support FM radio?
Answer: Yes. FM radio is present.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have IR blaster?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: Does Nokia 6 have LED Notification light
Question: How is the call quality on Nokia 6?
Answer: Call quality is excellent.
Question: Does Nokia 6 support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, it supports Jio sim cards, VoLTE on both SIM slots.
Question: Does Nokia 6 support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?
Answer: Yes, the software has an option for video calling built in. The phone supports ViLTE as well.
Question: How is the Battery backup on Nokia 6?
Answer: The battery backup is good. The 3000mAh battery can easily last for one day as of now. We are still judging battery backup and will update this info after a few days of testing.
Question: Does Nokia 6 support fast charging? Is fast charger bundled in the box?
Answer: Nokia 6 comes with a 5V/2A charger. It takes around 2 hours to charge the battery completely (we were also intermittently using the phone while charging). So, the charging is reasonably fast.
Question: What are the sensors present on Nokia 6?
Answer: All the usual and unusual sensors are present on the Nokia 6. Refer to the list below.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Nokia 6?
Answer: The Nokia 6 has a mono speaker at the bottom which is not very loud. Audio quality is good, though. Audio output via headphone is pretty convincing.
Question: What’s the Nokia 6 Best India Price? Where to buy Nokia 6 from? Are there any promotional offers that I can avail?
Answer: Only 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is available on Amazon.in for 14,999 INR. The handset is exclusive to Amazon as of now.
Amazon is offering following promotional offers on Nokia 6:
- 1000 INR back as Amazon pay balance for Amazon Prime users
- MakeMyTrip vouchers worth 2500 INR
- 45GB Vodafone data for 5 Months
- 300 INR worth Kindle credits
Nokia 6 Quick Review – Should you buy it?
There is an unwritten different between a premium phone and affordable phone experience and the Nokia 6 certainly belongs to the former class. It’s a well-built phone that looks gorgeous, has a good quality display, and has the well-optimized software. The experience of the handset exceeds the notion we had while examining the spec-sheet. Don’t expect the camera performance to be extraordinary, though.
Its only limitation is the 32GB storage (22GB free at user end) and hybrid SIM slot. In the Reliance Jio era, most of us need two SIM cards, which means there is no scope for expanding storage using an SD card. So, if you can live within the bounds of 22GB storage, we have no qualms about recommending Nokia 6 to you.