HMD Global officially announced the latest version of the Nokia 6 smartphone which is getting an update for 2018. The second generation of the Nokia 6 is not changed much from the first generation version. The biggest difference will be in the processor which joins some minor upgrades to features related to audio and video.
One of the changes HMD Global is making for the Nokia 6 is to move up the ladder of available Qualcomm chips for the main processor, shifting from the Snapdragon 430 to the Snapdragon 630. This keeps the Nokia 6 still in the middle-tier of smartphones, but moves it closer to the top end.
New additions to the Nokia 6 include a new “Bothie” feature for photos which produces an image showing captures from both the front and rear camera side-by-side. The Bothie is just a software addition as the camera hardware is unchanged from last year’s version of the Nokia 6.
The Nokia 6 does get new OZO Audio recording capabilities. This technology brings the ability to record spatial audio technology recording to the device for 3D audio capture. HMD Global also decided to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the back of the device just below the rear-facing camera. Despite that move though, HMD Global did not move to reduce the size of the bottom bezel now that it no longer has to house fingerprint sensor.
Two items that will likely be a disappointment to interested buyers will be the continued use of a microUSB port for charging instead of switching the Nokia 6 over to using USB-C. The Nokia 6 will also ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. HMD Global is working hard to get Android 8.0 Oreo out to their entire portfolio of devices, but the Nokia 6 update is not quite ready.
Other hardware included in the Nokia 6 continues from the current model like the 5.5-inch full HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera.
HMD Global is taking pre-orders starting today in the Chinese market and the Nokia 6 will be available on January 10th. Pricing ranges from $230 USD to $260 USD depending on the amount of onboard storage. Two color options are available – black with gold trim or white with red trim. Last year’s Nokia 6 did eventually make its way to the U.S. market, but no announcement has been made about the 2018 version.