Nokia 6 hands-on: it's not here just to tickle your nostalgia

Earlier this year, HMD Global announced its first Nokia-branded phone — the Nokia 6. Available only in China, the handset had fans of the Finnish phone-maker drooling from afar, never able to get to it. Well, at MWC 2017, it was announced that the new 6 is now going global. And we got some hands-on time with it!


The Nokia 6 may be a midranger, but that doesn't mean it can't look nice. The metal-made handset sports a new, shiny black dress of clothes — a finish called Arte Black —, just in time for its global release. It feels very nice in the hand, though we would say that it's a smidgen larger than ideal, and its edges are something that one would have to get used to, and it's an adept at collecting fingerprints. In case that's an issue, HDM is launching quite a lot of cases to go with the new Nokia 6, including a transparent one.

The hardware controls we have here are a power button and volume rocker set along the right frame of the device. They feel stable, with a nice click to them. The home button on the front is a capacitive slab with a fingerprint scanner embedded underneath it. Its surrounded by two backlit capacitive navigation keys for back and recent apps.

Hardware and software

The Nokia 6 is a humble midranger at heart — with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 beating in its chest. It still has a nice, large, 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution stretched across, though. We weren't able to test it under the open skies, but HMD claims that the phone features a special Sunlight Readability feature, to make the display visible under bright light.

As previously mentioned, the Nokia 6 gets a new, special finish for its global release. It's called Arte Black and is considered a limited edition. These shiny phones will also have slightly updated internals — 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Any of the other versions get 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of space. Whichever one you get, you will still have a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 128 GB.

The phone runs Android 7 Nougat, pretty close to stock. We'd say that performance was pleasingly snappy, no doubt thanks to the fact that HMD Global didn't go crazy with re-skinning and features. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that all three of the newly-announced Nokia phones will have the Google Assistant on board.

As for cameras, we have a 16 MP snapper with phase detection autofocus, a lens aperture of F2.0, and a dual-tone flash on the back, and a generous 8 MP snapper for selfies on the front.

Price and expectations

The Nokia 6 will have a starting price of €229 (around $241) for the regular models, and €299 ($315) for the Arte Black special edition. We have to say that it is a really pretty midranger, but for that price, it will feel extremely pressured by Lenovo's excellent Moto G5 Plus, priced at $229.

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. yuliay

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 09, 2017

Heey, it's really good

2. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..i need to hear about cameras and wireless charging. Right now its just another mid range android phone, nice one too

3. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Design wise phones all look too similar. I'm curious what the iphone 8 or whatever will look like or any of the foldable phones coming out.

7. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

it's because of iPhone that all phones look all similar now lol this stupid trend of full touch screen, slim, stupid phones. I regret the days of the Nokia e71, the n93 with flipping camcorder, or all the Motorola flip phones, and Sony Ericsson. we can all thank Apple (and iPhoneArena for biasing reviews towards them)

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Im super happy that they went with stock android. The dream of stock android + pureview camera quality is this much closer to reality. Hopefully whatever they release as the premium phone does that + a fat battery. I will happily go back to nokia if that's the case. In fact.. here's my money.

5. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Why they didn't put carl zeis camera sensor and xenon flash with breathtaking notification led.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hopefully your trolling. This is a mid range phone. Not a top end.

8. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Moto G4 plus was at least awful, laggy and way over hyped. Never again for Moto if Nokia is around with similar priced devices.

9. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

so the reason they said sunlight readability feature is because microsoft owns the clearblack trademark or name but nokia still owns the technology so hence why they can't just say clearblack but i hope it is

10. smudalagi

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Iam super happy that they went with stock android. for Nokia 6

11. PacoXXI

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

Not enough.

12. smudalagi

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Heey, it's really good

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