Nokia 6 (2018): Compare pricing, specifications and availability

Last year’s Nokia 6 was a touch uncomfortable to hold and left a bit behind in the specifications race. In 2018, the New Nokia 6 promises to be quite a bit better.

Nokia 6 at a glance

When does the Nokia 6 come out? Available in Australia from 4 May 2018

What’s new about the Nokia 6? 60% faster performance than last year’s model, cut from a single piece of aluminium with two-tone effect, running Android 8.1 with regular updates.

How much will the Nokia 6 cost? $449
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What is the Nokia 6?

In 2018, Nokia has its second attempt at the Nokia 6 name since HMD Global purchased the rights to use Nokia’s name for smartphones. Last year, the Nokia 6 was a good phone, but with a couple of areas where it could have been better: It was uncomfortable to hold, performance was disappointing, and the battery life...well...not great.

In 2018, Nokia has definitely made some improvements: The lacklustre processor is gone, replaced with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 (a much more capable model). There’s also a newer version of Android (Android 8.1, in fact). Some things remain the same, though. The camera is unchanged, and the storage options remain the same.

Perhaps most importantly, the Nokia 6 (2018) looks much better than last year’s model, and appearances matter.

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Is the Nokia 6 powerful?

Yes, relatively speaking. The Nokia 6 (2018) is definitely a more powerful phone than its predecessor, and running a newer, slightly slimmed down version of Android, the experience for the end-user should be significantly better.

However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, while capable, is a second-tier processor.

Qualcomm’s most powerful processors are the Snapdragon 800 series. But don’t let that fool you. Many handsets have been released with 600 series processors, and many are quite powerful. For example, Motorola’s Moto X4 runs on the same processor and in many respects, it’s the equal of phones more expensive and (on paper, at least) more capable.


Does the Nokia 6 have a good camera?

The Nokia 6 (2018) uses the same camera module as last year’s Nokia 6 with Zeiss optics, a 16MP camera with dual-tone flash and phase-detection autofocus built in. In ideal conditions, the camera module is quite capable. However, if things get a little dark, that performance is likely to degrade.

Nokia’s camera software is simple, and has been updated this year. Whereas last year the camera didn’t preview certain modes (e.g. panorama or beauty modes), this year users are able to see the results in real time, allowing a finer control of the camera.

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How do I charge the Nokia 6?

The Nokia 6 (2018) charges using USB C connectivity, with a provided charger and cable in the box. USB C is a newer standard that uses a fully reversible cable end as distinct from microUSB where there's a definite "wrong" way to try to plug in a cable.

The Nokia 6 (2018) has a non-removable 3000mAh battery on board, just as it did last year.


Is the Nokia 6 water resistant?

Officially, no. Nokia has not advised an IP rating for the Nokia 6 (2018). So while you can probably safely use it in light rain, this isn’t a phone you’ll want to get overly wet.

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When will the Nokia 6 be available in Australia?

It will go on sale on 4 May 2018.

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How much will the Nokia 6 cost?

The Nokia 6 (2018) will be available in Black/Copper and White/Iron, with a recommended retail price of $449 through JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores.

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Nokia 6 Specifications

Product Name
Nokia 6
Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1920x1080 pixels
PPI
403 ppi
Processor
Snapdragon 630
RAM
3GB
Storage
32GB
Operating System
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Front camera
8MP
Rear camera
16MP
Battery
3000 mAh
Dimensions
148.8 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm
Weight
172 grams
Price
$449
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