HMD decides to remove the notification LED from the global version of Nokia 6

Here is something that might be of interest to Nokia fans anxious to get their hands on the latest smartphones introduced by HMD Global earlier this year. Nokia 6, the first handset HMD made available on the market (China only), will have different global variants that are supposed to hit the shelves in early August.

Even in China, two Nokia 6 models are available for purchase, but they're not different when it comes to hardware. The only difference between the TA-1000 and TA-1003 versions is the fact that the latter comes with Google services, whereas the former doesn't.

However, when it comes to the global version, there are plenty of differences that we'll most likely talk about as soon as they arrive on the market. Until then, here is one that we didn't know about, but was recently confirmed by HMD.

It appears that the global version of Nokia 6 will not come with the notification LED that's included in the Chinese models. Neither of the four Nokia 6 models (TA-1033, TA-1039, TA-1021, TA-1025) will have this feature added.

HMD said they had taken the decision to remove the notification LED after doing some research, which means that customers outside China might not be so attached to this feature.

The notification LED usually makes things easier for someone that is using different communication channels (SMS, messaging apps, email, phone, etc.). That LED would have helped you avoid checking the phone every 5 minutes to make sure you haven't received any messages that you must reply. Still, the lack of a notification LED shouldn't be such a deal-breaker for Nokia fans.

source: Nokiamob

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1. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

whoever buys a Nokia running Android is scammed!

3. kiko007

Posts: 7497; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whoever believes what you're saying is scammed.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

'whoever buys a Nokia running Android is scammed!' How do you come to such conclusion?

2. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Do you guys feel like buying a Nokia Android phone? I was a big fan of Nokia phones from Finland back then. But as of the moment I'm not just feeling them.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No interest from me. Especially because they look like dinosaurs.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, I do, and I am. Been a fan of Nokia since their Symbian days, and that's not going to change now.

15. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

yeah same here

17. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I'd honestly buy the Nokia 6 if it had a bigger battery, so I'll just watch and see what will show up in the future.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not a deal breaker for me in the least.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

But my existing Android phone has notification led and i have growth attach to it. I only check my phone when the led light up.

10. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Led lights are sweet.

11. Alter

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Yeah the notification light is important to me.

12. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

That sad, now I can't buy one, most people are used to a notification light. The notification light is probably there but not activated


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Why doesnt android release one device for globe, every country has their own version and delayed updates not all at once thats 2 things most i like about iphones timly updates and single device worldwide works :)

29. NoAllegiance unregistered

Android is software, Google is too lenient with OEMs. Asia will always be given special privileges, especially if it is a Chinese phone, then they will get software updates first.

14. unmaskedfalesh

Posts: 29; Member since: May 18, 2014

looks like they want to follow Lenovo/Moto in that. Its really annoying to pick the phone and unlock every time just to check notifications!! OEMs don't get it, do they? i will let lt pass, though wanted to buy one, already the SOC is old and outdated.

16. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

I need the led notification. Cant unlock my phone every time to check for notifications.

18. surethom

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

What an absolutely stupid idea, that's the number 1 feature a mobile should have. & what specific research?

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Agree 100%. I'm beginning to wonder about the type of people who run some of these tech companies. Google and their clusterf*cked messaging apps and now HMD and no notification led.

19. surethom

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 04, 2009


20. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Old Nokia used to be good. This new Nokia is shooting itself in a foot with such stupid decisions. Many people use notification light, but even if you don't use it that much it's always good to have an option.

21. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The longer we wait in Europe for Nokia 6 the lesser appealing it becomes. From huge delays to hardware decisions like that.

22. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Just ordered nokia 6 for my mother .

23. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Guess I'll just stick with Samsung phones then. Was interested in checking out Nokia's hmd offerings but I use the notification light.

27. epdm2be

Posts: 823; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Everybody uses the notification led. Some people even install elaborate apps to control them. So they even have less need to turn on their screens to know what's going.

25. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Notification led is a must for me.

26. epdm2be

Posts: 823; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

So these idiots do an enquiry in China and decide on that enquiry that people NOT in China don't want an notification led?!?!? Please remind me NOT to buy a phone from these morons. "...Still, the lack of a notification LED shouldn't be such a deal-breaker for Nokia fans..." Yes, it IS! Every Nokia had a notification led. Most (Symbian) models had it in the home-button. Instead of making users less depending on switching on their screens and thus save battery, these idiots do the opposite.

28. epdm2be

Posts: 823; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If these phones come equipped with amoled screens and provided they have something like Nokia's own "sleeping screen" THEN this isn't a deal breaker.

30. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Must be the same research team, which found out, that sticking with symbian is the future...

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