Much like the Nokia 3, the Nokia 6 ships in a playful retail box designed to remind you of the old Nokia days. The phone feels solid when you hold it in your hands, and the company says it has been milled from a single piece of 6000 series aluminium.This gives the phone sturdiness which could help it survive minor drops. During our review, we accidentally dropped the Nokia 6 a couple of times and it suffered no damage whatsoever. The metallic back means that the phone is slippery and we would recommend using a back cover with the Nokia 6.At 7.85mm, the Nokia 6 isn’t the slimmest out there, but its 169g weight is reasonable for a phone with a 5.5-inch screen. We felt that single-handed use over long periods wasn’t comfortable, as this phone is a little too wide, and the chamfered edges can be uncomfortable. We prefer phones with rounded edges when it comes to the grip. There’s Corning Gorilla Glass on the front, but it doesn’t extend right to the edges and corners. The power and volume buttons are on the right and feel decent enough. Antenna bands can be seen running across the top and bottom of the phone’s back and cutting through the frame, but they are quite discreet. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack at the top, while the charging port and dual speakers are on the bottom of the Nokia 6.
The hybrid dual-SIM tray can fit two Nano-SIM but you have to choose between using a second SIM and a microSD card. The fingerprint scanner at the front is touch-sensitive and doesn’t need to be pressed. It also doubles up as a home button. Compared to other phones in the same price range, the Nokia 6’s fingerprint scanner doesn’t unlock the device as fast but is good enough for everyday use.The primary camera is placed in an oval Chrome housing that is reminiscent of Nokia’s Lumia days. The single sensor is accompanied by a dual-tone flash. The camera protrudes slightly, which is another reason to consider using a back cover. As seen on other Nokia devices, there’s one brand logo in the front and another at the back.The 5.5-inch screen has decent brightness, and colours are crisp as well. We had no issues with viewing angles or sunlight legibility. Unfortunately, there’s no LED indicator for notifications, which the company has claimed was a conscious decision due to market research.Overall, the Nokia 6 shouldn’t disappoint anyone in terms of design, as it stands out from the competition which all tend to look the same. Its build quality will give you confidence in everyday use.In the retail box, you will find a power adaptor, a charging cable, earphones, the standard documentation, a SIM ejector tool, and, of course, the phone itself.
The 16-megapixel primary camera on the Nokia 6 is quick to lock focus and can capture good amounts of detail if there is enough light. The phase detection autofocus helps here, but at times, we found that despite locking focus, it took a while for images to be captured and saved. We felt that images had muted colours, which a lot of people will not like. In our experience, even the HDR mode didn’t really improve this. There was also noticeable distortion around the edges of macro and close-up shots.The camera managed good shots at night if there was a good enough light source around. If there wasn’t enough, photos came out almost completely black. Autofocus was also much less accurate in low light. We needed to tap the screen to focus manually, and it often took more than one attempt to get a shot right. Details suffered, and it’s clear that the Nokia 6 cannot compete with other phones in its price band when it comes to nighttime photography.The camera app is vanilla which means you won’t get too many tweaking options unless you download a third-party app. The 8-megapixel front camera does a good job with selfies, but also only if the lighting condition is good. It should be enough for casual social media uploads.
The Snapdragon 430 SoC has been fitted in a lot of smartphones available at lower price points than the Nokia 6. The phone isn’t a slouch, but isn’t the best in its class either. We were satisfied with how apps loaded and ran on the Nokia 6, and touch response was snappy too. 3GB of RAM should be good enough for most people.We were pleased with gaming performance, and the Nokia 6 didn’t stutter while playing games like Asphalt Nitro. Unfortunately, this phone gets warm when playing games, using the camera, or navigating with GPS, which makes usage a bit uncomfortable. Thankfully, heat dissipates soon enough after closing the app(s).We had a good time watching videos on the 5.5-inch screen. The quality is good, but we did feel that other phones at this price level including the Moto G5 Plus have better screens.
In our standard benchmark tests, the Nokia 6 did comparatively better than other Snapdragon 430-based phones. It scored 45,205 in AnTuTu, 18fps in GFXBench, 22,650 in Quadrant, and 5,879 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme.The dual speakers on this phone deliver loud and clear audio. You get Dolby Atmos sound enhancement, and the difference with it turned on and off is instantly noticeable. We can say that these speakers are the clearest we have heard on any phone in this price segment. Unfortunately, the bundled earphones are just average, so don’t expect a lot from them. Our recommendation would be to use your own earphones with the Nokia 6.When it comes to latching on to cellular networks in weak spots, the Nokia 6 will impress you. Calls were clear and we were able to make VoLTE (voice over LTE) calls using a Jio SIM. As of now, the Nokia 6 doesn’t support direct 4G video calling offered by the likes of Jio.
Nokia 6 battery life
The Nokia 6 ships with a non-removable 3000mAh battery which the company claims can deliver one day of mixed usage. In our experience, real-world usage wasn’t that strong. The phone lasted for 15-16 hours with heavy use where we had Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Google Maps, Google Photos, and WhatsApp open in the background almost the entire time. In our standard HD video loop test, the phone lasted for 11 hours and 30 minutes which is not bad at all.Unfortunately, there’s no fast charging. We found that the Nokia 6 took over two hours to charge fully, which is longer than what we have seen from phones with larger batteries.
Nokia 6 smartphone was launched in January 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. Nokia 6 price in India starts from Rs. 13,699.
- Good build quality
- Stock Android
- Great speakers
- Heats up with heavy use
- Sub-par camera performance
- Slow charging
- No notification LED
- Slightly overpriced