The Nokia 6 was among the first devices released by Nokia in 2017. The device is a mid-range smartphone with excellent value for money. Some of its highlight features include a fantastic Full HD display, great primary camera performance, and a beefy battery. The phone is relatively old now, but buyers looking for a high-quality smartphone on a budget can still consider the Nokia 6.
The Nokia 6 is relatively hard to come across in local retail stores. This is because it has since been replaced by the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.2. However, according to gsmarena.com, the Nokia 6 price is currently about $109 (39,349 Naira), which is quite a bargain considering its features. Is the Nokia 6 still worth buying in 2019?
Here is a look at the pros and cons of the device
- Excellent build quality for a low price tag
- Fantastic display with good contrast and brightness
- Stock Android experience
- Great-sounding stereo speakers
- Excellent image quality from the primary camera
- Autofocus-enabled selfie camera
- Poor battery life especially when playing videos
- Poor chipset performance
- Inadequate internal storage
Nokia 6 specs
- Release date: January 2017
- Dimensions: 154 x 75.8 x 7.9 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 169 grams
- SIM card: Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM
- Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 5.5 inches
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Operating system: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Internal memory: 64GB ROM & 4GB RAM or 32GB ROM & 3GB RAM
- Expandable memory: MicroSD up to 256GB
- Camera: 16 megapixels
- Selfie camera: 8 megapixels
- USB: Micro-USB version 2.0 with OTG
- Bluetooth: Version 4.1 with A2DP and LE
- Sensors: Front-mounted fingerprint sensor, compass, gyro, proximity, and accelerometer
- Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
- Charging: 10W
- Colours: Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper
Here is a look at the Nokia 6’s hardware features.
The Nokia 6 is solidly built out of matte aluminium. The sturdy metallic construction gives it a premium feel. On the front, the 5.5-inch display sits between the thick top and bottom bezels. The side bezels are relatively thin, thanks to what Nokia calls 2.5D glass. On the back, a single-lens camera module sits near the top. There is a small LED flash to help with low-light photography.
The sides of the device are also made from aluminium. The right side features the power button and volume rocker. The top side houses an earpiece which also doubles up as a speaker. The bottom edge houses a micro-USB port, second speaker and microphone. The fingerprint sensor on the device is front-mounted on the home button, leaving only the slightly-raised camera module at the back. Nokia 6 colors include Arte Black, Copper, Matte Black, Silver, and Tempered Blue.
Is the Nokia 6 waterproof? The device does not have any water-resistance certification.
The device has a 5.5-inch Full HD panel. The high resolution and relatively small screen size add up to a pixel density of 403PPI, which is fantastic for this price point. The IPS LCD touchscreen is reasonably bright and entirely usable under direct sunlight. The panel achieves maximum brightness levels of 484 nits. Contrast is lower as compared to AMOLED panels, although that is to be expected from all LCD panels.
Processor, performance, and storage
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset powers the device. This is a relatively common chipset among mid-range smartphones. In Nokia 6, it is paired up with an eight-core CPU. Performance is okay for basic tasks, but the processor will struggle under resource-heavy applications. Buyers can choose from two memory options; 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB ROM. There is also an option to expand the available storage using a microSD slot.
The Nokia 6 is powered by a 3000 mAh battery which is adequate but not range-topping. When coupled with the relatively inefficient 28nm chipset, the battery’s performance is only average. In a gsmarena test, the device’s battery lasted eight hours of continuous video playback and nine and a half hours of constant web browsing over Wi-Fi.
Speaker and call quality
The Nokia 6 has a dual speaker setup. The earpiece doubles up as the left speaker in a stereo speaker setup. The main bottom-firing speaker is the more powerful of the two. Audio clarity and loudness levels are quite excellent, and users will not have any problems making calls even in noisy environments. There is barely any distortion even with the volume turned up.
Here is a look at the phone’s software features.
Operating system and features
The Nokia 6 Android version is Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) out of the box. The company omitted the Nokia 6 from the list of devices eligible for upgrades to the newest Android version. The newer 6.1 and 6.2 models were among the devices that received software updates. The upside is that users will get a stock Android experience with the Nokia 6 since it barely has any additional customizations.
Camera review, video, and image quality
The device features a 16-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Focus is achieved through phase detection. The camera module also houses an LED flash for low-light photography. The camera interface is quite easy to use and only features a few controls. Images look excellent with fantastic detail, clarity, colours, and contrast.
The Nokia 6 can shoot video footage in 1080p resolution at thirty frames per second. The device can also shoot video at sixty or ninety frames per second but only in 720p resolution. Video quality is also great with excellent detail.
Nokia 6 review
Here is a look at what people think about the device on social media.
Is the Nokia 6 any good? The phone has spent quite some time in the smartphone market, having been released in 2017. This means that there are currently several newer alternatives at the same price range. However, the device still has terrific value for money, considering the features one gets for a relatively low price. The excellent display and image quality are among the device’s best features.
The Nokia 6 is a device worth considering for those looking for a mid-range device on a budget. The significantly thick top and bottom bezels make its design far less appealing than modern devices. However, features such as a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, Full HD LCD panel, and excellent image quality make the Nokia 6 a relevant purchase in 2019.