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Review: Nokia 6 (2018) is worth a buy?

Review: Nokia 6 (2018) is worth a buy?

Nokia came back after a hiatus last year and Nokia 6 is the company’s first Smartphone in Android range, but due to some lack of processor and camera, it was let down. After one year, the company launched it again with better updates and improved processor. The Nokia 6 (2018) now comes with improved camera and design. Check out its review below:

Nokia 6 (2018) design:

Nokia 6 last version was applauded for its build quality and industrial design. HMD global said that while designing the new Nokia 6 their major priority was to maintain the build of its predecessor. Following the words, Nokia 6 (2018) has been made from a single block of 6000 series aluminum and feels incredibly solid in hand. Nokia 6 (2018) comes in three different two-tone finishes. The accents around the camera and the frame add some flair to its industrial design. The power and volume buttons are placed ergonomically in the right edge of the phone and the left side is blank for the hybrid dual SIM tray. The back camera and dual LED flash are placed in an oval boundary that has ZEISS emblazoned in bold letters. The fingerprint sensor which is placed right below the camera is a letdown in the overall design.

Nokia 6 (2018) specifications:

Last year’s Nokia 6 was held back due to its underpowered Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. This time the phone comes with a powerful 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 630 processor. There have been other improvements also like the old Micro-USB port has been replaced with a USB type-C port and now it is committed to Android one, which means there will be more software updates now.

The battery capacity is unchanged at 3,000mAh; the new Nokia 6 has a fast charging feature now. The phone includes connectivity options like: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (USB 2.0), and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Nokia 6 (2018) performance, software, and battery life

Equipped with Snapdragon 630 the Nokia 6 (2018) is a new beast, during the review of the phone it tackled both day-to-day tasks and intensive workloads. Also, the phone did not get warm while playing intensive games, recording HD videos and navigating GPS. The screen is one step bigger with the 5.5-inch LCD screen. In the connectivity party, the 4G connectivity of the phone was good even in the areas where the network was heavy. The loudspeaker quality of the audio is also loud and clear.

The Nokia 6 (2018) has no third party bloat because now, the company has taken things to the next level by embracing Google’s Android One program. There are a few non-intrusive value additions, such as the ‘Glance screen’ which shows notifications for missed calls, alarms, and notifications without waking the phone screen.

The Nokia 6 (2018) also has a face recognition feature. Though, it works well in lighting but struggles in the dim lit environment. In the HD video loop battery test, the phone lasted 11 hours, 45 minutes, which is good. In terms of real performance, the phone did not require charging before night, it easily lasted the whole day.

Nokia 6 (2018) camera

The cameras of the Nokia 6 (2018) have mixed reviews. The 16-megapixel rear camera struggles in low light, the shots taken after dark lack details. The autofocus is also quite inaccurate and had to be manually adjusted on various occasions.

During the daylight, the camera gets the right exposure and captures a hefty amount of details. The shots taken with favorable lightning were crisp and detailed. It has dual LED flash to light up the scenes and make the picture brighter.

The 8-megapixel front camera works well in the lighting conditions and is actually better than the front camera of Nokia 6. Image quality does fall down when there is less light and there is no front flash to compensate for the same.

HMD Global has equipped the Smartphone with the ability to click photos/videos with the front and rear cameras at the same time. Unfortunately, the quality of both cameras slightly takes a dip when using this mode.

Final verdict

The Nokia 6 (2018) has a superb build quality, great performance, improved battery life and pure android with regular software updates. It camera struggles in low light but otherwise is good. Overall the phone is a good choice to buy.

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