Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
14:17 10th Jan, 2017
Nokia 6 Marks The Iconic Brand's Smartphone Comeback
Manufactured by Foxconn, the phone will be exclusive to China.
For decades, Nokia stood testament for Finland's industrial design and manufacturing expertise. However, the Finnish company sold its devices division to Microsoft in 2014 and Nokia brand started fading out in the consumer market. After the software-giant wrote off its $7.6 billion deal, a Finnish company HMD Global, run by ex-Nokia employees, acquired the rights to use Nokia branding on its phones last year. Without wasting much time, the company has already showcased its first smartphone called the Nokia 6.
These new Nokia smartphones will be built by the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn. According to HMD, the manufacturer has tried its best to live up to the Nokia's robust build quality. Each Nokia 6 is carved out of a solid block aluminium. The metal milling process takes almost an hour. Then, add another ten hours for competing two separate anodising processes. The Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch Full HD curved glass screen. The display features a polariser layer to deliver better sunlight readability. The handset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 chipset. It has 4 GB RAM and Adreno 505 GPU to handle the gaming. You also get 64 GB internal storage and a microSD card slot.
In the photography department, you get a 16-megapixel camera. For selfies, there's an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper. other features include 4G LTE, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, fingerprint sensor, and 3000 mAh battery. On the software side of the things, you get Android 7.0 (Nougat). The phone supports Dolby Atmos audio.
If you are already thinking of buying this handset, the bad news is that the Nokia 6 will only be released in China. HMD Global is planning to use the highly competitive Chinese market with over 552 million smartphone users, as a test bed for its first Nokia branded smartphone. In China, the phone will be available in the first half of 2017 for 1699 yuan (approx Rs 16,740). According to an Indian e-commerce website, the Nokia 6 might go for Rs 20,000 in the grey market.
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