HMD is launching a second era of the Nokia 6. In comparison with the outdated Nokia 6, quite a bit has modified. There is a bigger-than-you’d-expect spec enhance and a extra trendy design. The nice issues are nonetheless the identical, although—it is nonetheless made from steel, and it nonetheless prices about $230.

First, the specs: the Nokia 6 has been upgraded to a full tier greater in Qualcomm’s SoC lineup—the 2017 model has a low-end Snapdragon 430, whereas this 2018 model ships with a extra mid-range Snapdragon 630. For a similar value, that is an important improve. You additionally get yet one more gigabyte of RAM within the base model, which is now as much as 4GB. The brand new Nokia 6 is additionally upgrading from micro USB to the newer, reversible USB-C normal.

The remainder of the specs are just about the identical. There’s nonetheless a 5.5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD, a three,000mAH battery, and a baseline of 32GB of storage with enlargement through a MicroSD slot. There’s additionally a 64GB model obtainable for $260. The Nokia 6 nonetheless has a headphone jack, however the audio system have—on paper no less than—been downgraded from two audio system to 1. Sadly the OS hasn’t modified a lot, both: the brand new Nokia 6 is operating an outdated model of Android, 7.1.1, with an improve to “Android eight.zero Oreo” (nonetheless not the newest model of Android!) promised at some nebulous level sooner or later.

The digicam specs appear precisely the identical as final 12 months, with a 16MP, 1.0µm, f/2, rear digicam and an 8MP 1.12µm, f/2, entrance digicam. One enjoyable new characteristic is the “twin view” digicam, which may snap an image from the back and front sensors on the similar time and can sew the 2 photos collectively, aspect by aspect. HMD additionally proudly declares “No digicam bump” within the spec sheet.

On the design aspect of issues, the button and fingerprint reader association is new. The outdated Nokia 6 had capacitive buttons painted onto the entrance of the gadget, together with a center-mounted entrance fingerprint reader. The 2018 Nokia 6 goes for a extra trendy setup, with on-screen navigation buttons and a rear fingerprint reader, similar to all of the flagship telephones. HMD’s Photoshoppers uncared for to place these on-screen buttons in among the press photos, however they did made it to 1 or two of them.

For now, the 2018 Nokia 6 is barely launching in China. Preorders are reside now, and the gadget ships January 10. If HMD’s rollout is something just like the outdated Nokia 6, the cellphone will ultimately make it to the remainder of the world, together with the US. Final 12 months, the Nokia 6 took six months to make it from China to the US, however that was HMD’s first ever Nokia cellphone. Hopefully the corporate is a little bit faster this time round.

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