Price: ~$245 (1699 CNY as exclusive at JD.com)
Release: Early 2017
Hey, nostalgic people, Nokia is back! Well, not quite, as in the newly announced Nokia 6 you won't find patent staples like a PureView camera or a ClearBlack display, which we assume have remained property of Microsoft and its Lumia division of yesteryear. On the flip side this is the first modern Android-laden Nokia - something that a lot of fans have been waiting for since the days of Symbian.
For a fairly modest sum you will be getting a 5.5" display with 1080p resolution, generous 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage amounts, and a 16 MP rear/8 MP front camera set. The only ho-hum part is the Snapdragon 430 chipset, but in this day and age even the midrange processors are more than powerful enough for your daily phone routines, and then some, so no biggie. On the looksy side a premium metal housing is in order, crafted out of 6000-series aluminum.
As for the little extras, the handset sports a dual speaker system with dedicated amplifiers for enhanced audio prowess, Dolby Atmos surround tech, laminated display polarizer for enhanced sunlight visibility, and, surprise, surprise - Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Not bad for the price at all, now what remains is to wait for the release to gauge whether it performs as good as it is on paper.
The Nokia 6 knows that it has no chance to be a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone killer, so it isn't trying to be, but is certainly gunning for the price-to-value market, which is huge in China, where the phone will be launched at first. Nokia will release its first Android phone as a JD e-tailer exclusive in "early 2017," priced at the equivalent of $245. Given the georestricted launch, it has pertinent 4G bands for local carriers only, so don't expect to blaze with full-throttle 4G speeds if you import it.