Putting the speculations to rest, HMD Global launched the second generation the Nokia 6. Dubbed simply as the Nokia 6 (2018), this phone is built around the original with some refinements. Like its predecessor, the 2018 edition is milled out of a single block of 6000-series aircraft grade aluminium. It sports the same 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. HMD Global has retained the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio for this one rather than going the 18:9 route.
The company has however got rid of the capacitive buttons and moved the fingerprint sensor to the rear. Owing to this the phone now measures 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15 mm. It is 5 mm shorter than the original Nokia 6. This facilitate easy one-hand operation on the Nokia 6 (2018).
HMD Global has also addressed the complaint regarding the underpowered CPU. The 2018 version is now powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC (System on Chip). This should be enough to handle casual gaming. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB / 64 GB of internal storage options. There’s also an expandable microSD card slot.
On the photography front, it inherits the 16 MP f/2.0 lens at the back and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie shooter from its predecessor. The micro USB port is replaced by the USB Type-C port for the Nokia 6 (2018). The phone is powered by a 3000 mAh non-removable battery. The Nokia 6 comes with a near stock Android like experience and runs on Android Nougat 7.1 with an update to 8.0 Oreo in the pipeline.
The phone is available only in China and is listed by Suning for pre-orders. It is set to go on sale starting from January 10. As for the pricing, the 32 GB variant has been listed for CNY 1,499 (approx. Rs 15,000) and the 64 GB variant for CNY 1,699 (approx. Rs 17,000). It comes in two black and silver.