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7.2/10
Informr score
The Nokia 6 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 22 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Premium design and build
  • Full HD display with vivid colors
  • Budget-friendly price

What's bad

  • Sluggish performance
  • Mediocre camera
  • No quick-charging

HMD, now responsible for the Finnish phone brand Nokia, brought back the brand after three years off the market with the release of the Nokia 6...

However, this isn’t the Nokia of the past.

Not only does it run a different software, it also doesn’t offer the features many have grown to love such as game-changing cameras and high-end software.

What it provides is an entry-level device with a low price tag.

But is it worth it?

Let’s find out!

The Nokia 6 comes with a solid metal body giving it a premium look and feel according to reviewers. This isn’t common in the lower price brackets.

With that said, reviewers mention the large size and sharp edges made it uncomfortable to hold. Despite this discomfort, they noted the chamfered edges provided a good grip.

At 0.31 inches thick, it is slim enough to slip into pockets as well.

In terms of brightness and color reproduction, experts found the 5.5-inch 1080p LCD panel passable. Though many reviewers weren’t impressed with the blacks.

Still, they note it is one of the better screens in the entry-level market in terms of viewing angles, vibrance and sharpness.

It should be no surprise that budget phones have to cut back in some areas. Nokia cut corners on performance. On paper, the specs sound reasonable - an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, critics noticed issues.

Trusted Reviews states, “Lag is common and constant, mostly in infuriating instances such as scrolling through websites and image-heavy apps like Instagram.”

While minor tasks like reading emails worked fine, anything remotely media heavy created lag. It only got worse when they had multiple apps open.

The 3000mAh battery didn’t impress critics, but it lasted them for at least a full day’s worth of use. Still, they recommend charging every night. Without quick charging, reviewers found a full charge took them around 2-3 hours.

Another area where Nokia seems to have cut corners is with the camera. The 16MP camera can provide decent pictures in good light. However, critics experienced rapid drop off as light diminished. Even indoor lighting situations would lead to reduced sharpness and noticeable amounts of noise.

Aside from mediocre picture quality, they were more frustrated with how long it took to launch the camera app. It took up to four seconds for the app to load. That won’t work for capturing those quick moments and memories.

Overall, reviewers are conflicted on whether to recommend the Nokia 6 or not.

CNet states, “If you’re after the absolute best smartphone technology then the Nokia isn’t for you, but if you want a great-looking … smartphone that tackles all your essentials and won’t empty your bank account, it’s a great phone to consider.”

Pocket-Lint adds, “If design is important, then there’s quality in the Nokia 6 that few rivals offers at this price point… if you have budget concerns, then the Moto G5 is more wallet-friendly, while the Lenovo P2 is a longer-lasting proposition.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Central

While the device has a lot going for it — particularly when it comes to the design and updates — the Snapdragon 430 is a major letdown. The performance is just not as fluid as what you get on the dozens of Snapdragon 625-powered devices in this segment.

- Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
Android Authority

The Nokia 6 is a good enough device for a lot of people, but not for everyone. It’s a pity there are few misses here and there that makes it stop short of being an overall well-rounded package that one would’ve liked it to be.

- Abhishek Baxi, Android Authority
TechPP

A device with a great design, good display, and decent battery life. But while the design of the device is exciting, everything else looks a bit dull.

- Akriti Rana, TechPP
Fone Arena

Overall, Nokia 6 has a perfect mix of class, quality, fluidity to be one of the best in the mid-range smartphone segment. Even with few misses including notification light, slight lag on multitasking, and above average camera, Nokia 6 will give other Chinese handsets a good competition.

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
Digit

It pains me to say it, but the fact is that the Nokia 6 is a sub-par smartphone with no real redeeming feature about it. It has a decent design and somewhat dependable battery life, but its performance and camera quality make it impossible to recommend. It doesn’t matter whether this phone sel...

- Prasid Banerjee, Digit


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Nokia 6's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 1503 minutes, 573 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nokia 6 Specs

Overview
Release date January 8, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/850/1800 /2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 598 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 573 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 379 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1503 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 32 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 169 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2.5D curved glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Phase detection, Exposure, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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