Nokia 6 (2018) review

Nokia, once considered the king of the mobile world, had lost its sheen. Then, it was brought alive in early 2017 by HMD Global, a small Finnish company. The Nokia brand chose the world of Android smartphones this time. The first handset was Nokia 6. It was also praised for the build quality and design, but the poor processor and average camera also disappointed many. Now, after a year, the new Nokia 6 (2018) has come, which is an upgrade of the same kind of phone last year. But this time the company has tried to overcome the old shortcomings.

Nokia 6 (2018) based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, cameras with Zeiss optics and changed design
Now Xiaomi will challenge smartphones like Redmi Note 5 Pro (review) and Moto G5S Plus (review). At first glance, this handset impressed us a lot. Now we have come up with a detailed review of it.

Nokia 6 (2018) design

Last year’s Nokia 6 body was highly praised. In such a situation, HMD Global has decided to stick to the old strategy. This time also the build quality has not been compromised. The Nokia 6 2018 is made from a block of Series 6000 aluminum and feels very strong in the hands.
During the review, this phone dropped several times from our hands. But it did no harm. We also investigated and tested Nokia’s claims of robustness. For this, tried to twist the smartphone. And we failed every time. Like the old variants, the Nokia 6 (2018) is ahead in the race for the strongest smartphone of the year.

Many things will also have to be compromised due to the strong texture. This smartphone with 8.5 mm thickness is not the thinnest option. At the same time, wide borders above and below the display also give the phone a bulky look. It was not convenient to use the phone with one hand for a long time. Because the phone is slightly wider.


Nokia 6 (2018) comes with three different two-tone finishes. Rear cameras and accents on the sides of the frame improve the design.

The power and volume buttons are easy to access. They have found a place on the right bank. There is room for a hybrid dual sim slot on the left edge. Regrettably, the user has to choose between another SIM card and microSD card.

The rear camera and dual LED flash are available in a line in the center of the phone. This is where Zais is branded. The fingerprint sensor has got a place under the camera setup. It is a bit slow and does not respond many times. It is also not easy to access it. During the review, we were touching the LED flash several times instead of the fingerprint sensor.

Nokia 6 (2018) specification

Last year, Nokia 6 suffered a lot from the slightly weaker Snapdragon 430 processor. This time HMD Global has decided to offer a more powerful Snapdragon 630 processor with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz.

There are many other upgrades in hardware. The Micro-USB port has been replaced by a USB Type-C port. Nokia has joined Android One. This means, regular software updates are guaranteed. Both last year’s flagship smartphone Nokia 8’s Bothi mode and OZO audio have been made part of this midrange handset.


Where Xiaomi offers many variants of its smartphone. This time Nokia has not used much. Currently only one variant of Nokia 6 (2018) has been introduced. It is equipped with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. It will also be possible to use MicroSD card if required. By the way, in the coming time a new variant of this phone will also come.

This time, the company has decided to give Zeiss optics to midrange smartphones. Talking about camera setup, the Nokia 6 (2018) has a 16-megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics that comes with dual-tone LED flash and F / 2.0 aperture. At the same time, an 8-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus has been given on the front panel. It is equipped with F / 2.0 aperture.

There is no change in battery capacity. However, the 3000 mAh battery now supports fast charging. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, FM radio, GPS / A-GPS, USB Type-C and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Nokia 6 (2018) performance, cameras and battery life

Nokia 6 is a sleek and beautiful looking smartphone, but it did not go with the power look. But after the arrival of the Snapdragon 630 processor, the Nokia 6 (2018) has become something else. During the review, we found that the phone performed every task very easily.

Nokia 6 (2018) did not have much problem while playing powerful games. Powerful games like Asphalt 8 also run without any problems on the phone. The good thing is that the Nokia 6 (2018) does not get very hot even while playing a powerful game or recording a full-HD video. We have done benchmark testing of Nokia 6 (2018) and it got respectable scores.


The 5.5-inch LCD screen has a punchy color and brightness is also high. However, viewing angles could have been better.

Call quality was also good in our experience. 4G connectivity was strong even in areas with weak networks. We were disappointed to see just one speaker at the bottom. Stereo speakers were given in last year’s Nokia 6. The quality of the voice is average and many times the speakers fall under the palms while using the phone in landscape mode. The accompanying earphones are of very average quality.

Last year, HMD Global tried to give stock Android to the smartphone for a separate identity to its phone. Now the company has joined Google’s Android One program. Because of this, there is no spam app in Nokia 6 (2018). You will get the feature called Glance Screen which shows notifications of missed calls, alarms and mail messages in the lock screen. HMD Global has promised that Nokia 6 will get Android P update this year and Android Q next year.

Nokia 6 (2018) comes with built in face recognition. Face unlock works well in sufficient light. But in low light and sunlight it has problems.

In our HD video loop test, the Nokia 6 (2018) battery lasted for 11 hours 45 minutes. It should be appreciated. In daily use, the battery lasted for more than a day. In our test, the battery of Nokia 6 (2018) phone gets 40 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Nokia 6 (2018) cameras

The camera performance of Nokia 6 (2018) is like ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum’. Despite the optics, the performance in low light has not improved. Pictures taken from a 16-megapixel rear camera in low light have noise and the lack of detail is also evident. is. Autofocus also weakens under adverse lightning conditions.

In sufficient light, the camera performs brilliantly. On most occasions it manages to get the right exposure and captures the photos with details. Photos came with crisp and detail when there was enough light in the indoor too. Dual-LED flash helps capture pictures. Color reproduction is not the strongest aspect of this phone.

The good thing is that it has a powerful professional mode. With this, you will be able to control exposure, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and autofocus. By changing the settings we were able to get accurate colors. We hope that Nokia will improve the auto mode through software updates.


The 8 megapixel front camera gives strong performance when there is sufficient illumination. If seen, it is much better than last year’s Nokia 6 selfie sensor. Quality of photos also falls when the lights are low. And there is also no front flash.

In Nokia 6 (2018), you will be able to capture pictures or videos from the rear and front cameras simultaneously. Bothi modes are a handy feature. Sadly, in this mode the quality of the pictures being taken from the front and rear cameras are weak.

Our decision

The build quality of Nokia 6 (2018) is superb. Performance is strong and battery life is good. At the same time, Android One OS comes with a guarantee of software updates. Nokia brand has always been known for making strong phones. Nokia 6 (2018) is also no exception. Even though it is not the most beautiful phone in appearance, but it is extremely capable.

This does not mean that everything in Nokia 6 (2018) is good. You will not get an 18: 9 display, which is in trend these days. The performance of the rear camera is not very good in low light and the color reproduction in auto mode is also not accurate. The biggest challenge to this phone is Redmi Note 5 Pro, which starts at Rs 14,999. It is equipped with 18: 9 display and better hardware. At the same time, Redmi Note 5 Pro does not have stock Android and it is not as strong as Nokia 6 (2018).

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