Nokia is a brand which has been through quite the roller coaster in the past decade. The Finnish manufacturer struck a deal with Microsoft which saw it flounder with the lacklustre Windows Phone platform. This led to the eventual takeover of the manufacturing arm by Microsoft. Handicapped by a non-compete with Microsoft, the company reverted to its roots in telecommunications infrastructure while biding its time for a return to the mobile industry.
That return has come. A new Finnish company, HMD, is looking to revive the once ubiquitous brand. HMD, who won the right to use the Nokia brand in 2016, wasted no time in releasing its first Android-powered smartphone under the Nokia brand. The company marked the biggest mobile market, China, for Nokia’s return.
In an exclusive release, China will see the launch of the Nokia 6, the first phone carrying the Nokia brand in over 2 years. The Nokia 6 looks to bring the quality and functionality of Nokia devices in the past to a new generation fond of smartphones.
The Nokia 6 is made of anodised 6000 series aluminium and carries a unibody design much like most of the smartphones today. The screen on the device is a FullHD 1080p screen measuring 5.5-inches and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The display will have “excellent sunlight readability” thanks to its display stack being “laminated together with a polarizer layer”.
The Android 7.0 Nougat wielding Nokia 6 is powered by an Octa-core (8-core) Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with an Adreno 505 graphics processor. This is supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
On the camera front, the Nokia 6 will come with a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front facing camera. Both will have f/2.0 aperture lenses. According to HMD, the “exclusive camera UI with automatic scene detection make it easy to take great shots every time”.
The audio of the Nokia 6 will be powered by dual amplifiers which the company says will “deliver a 6 dB louder sound than a regular amp” and will support Dolby Atmos.
The Nokia 6 will retail in China for CNY1,699 exclusively from JD.com. The 6 is apparently the first of an oncoming wave of Nokia devices coming from HMD. No word on whether the other devices will see a global launch although, Nokia’s Malaysian distributor did say that Malaysia is definitely on HMD’s radar.