Nokia officially releases new smartphone

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HMD Global, the Finnish company that now manufactures Nokia, officially released it's latest smartphone, the Nokia 6. In a recent article, we wrote about the apparent revival of the Finnish mobile giant and it seems that Nokia has followed through with the release of this new smartphone.

The release of the Nokia 6 represents a first step for the brand. Previously, Nokia relied on its own operating system, which we remember as being good for a while until they seemingly fell behind the competition. The attempted resurrection by Microsoft using Windows also failed. The Nokia 6 is the first device by the Finnish brand to feature Android. This marks the beginning of a new stage in the brand’s life.

SPECIFICATIONS

So, what are the specifications of this device? The Nokia 6 has 4GB RAM and features a 64GB storage. The screen is a 5.5” full HD resolution display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass which should offer some protection from daily wear and tear. The device is powered by the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 430 processor running Android Nougat and is LTE enabled.

What about the camera? In the past, Nokia had prided itself in developing mobile phones with, arguably, some of the best quality cameras in the market. Does the Nokia 6 stay true to its heritage? Somewhat. The Nokia 6 has a 16MP phase detection auto focus rear camera with dual-LED flash and an 8MP front facing camera.

AVAILABILITY

Currently, the Nokia 6 has been released exclusively for the Chinese market. The phone can be purchased from JD.com and retails at 1699 CNY. At this stage there has been no mention of when we can expect the Nokia 6 outside of China.

WHAT DO WE THINK?

The features of the Nokia 6 are not really groundbreaking or highly innovative. They instead represent an ensemble of already-existing features you could find on many other smartphones. Having said this, what sets the Nokia 6 apart? Maybe it’s the brand name? Or maybe it is the sense of nostalgia associated with Nokia. What we do know is that the market will be the true judge of the new Nokia 6.

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Indrasen Moodley

Indrasen Moodley is an academic and tech enthusiast. He is passionate about all things tech, especially the use of technology to enhance teaching and our understanding of the world around us.

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