The Nokia 6 (2018) beefs up the mid range Android One offering

As expected and now officially announced today at HMD Global's press event at the Mobile World Congress, the Nokia 6 (2018) that was made available to the Chinese market in January will ship with the following specifications to additional western markets:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor (Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 3GB RAM / 32GB internal storage with microSD expansion (available early April)
  • 4GB RAM / 64GB internal storage with microSD expansion (available "later")
  • 16MP rear camera with 8MP front-facing camera
  • 3000 mAh battery with USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 172 g weight / 8.2mm thickness

In addition the company says it crafted the new Nokia 6 (2018) out of a single block of aluminium:

The New Nokia 6 takes the original's precision craftsmanship to the next level by combining a unibody, made from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, with an 11-hour two-tone anodising and polishing process. And by uniting a sculpted 2.5D display with damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, the New Nokia 6's compact and refined body is built to last.

It comes with a choice of three colors, which are Black/Copper, White/Iron and Blue/Gold.

Unlike the Chinese variant which shipped with Nougat 7.1.1, the Nokia 6 (2018) will include Android 8.0 Oreo, through HMD Global's partnership with Google's Android One program. This means it will receive updates directly from Google like the Pixel and Nexus brand of phones do. The Nokia 6 (2018) was also announced to be eligible for Android P when it is released.

It will be available to buy from April at a "global average retail price" of €279 excluding taxes and subsidies. U.S. pricing and availability there wasn't announced, but if convert the euro price, which is already tax free, it should come in at around $340 USD which is almost $100 higher than the 2017 variant that shipped with a lower end specs and SoC.

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