We’ve seen it, HMD Global teased it and even had it displayed in public, but today the Finnish company officially announced the company’s first device with a display notch in it and that’s the new Nokia X6. Like the Nokia feature phones that HMD Global revived lately, the Nokia X brand is also a nod to the original Nokia X line of devices a few years back. This time though is definitely different from what we had in the past. Complete with a full-blown Android experience, the Nokia X6 also brings the latest trend in mobile user experience.
The new smartphone isn’t the best that the brand could deliver but it’s a way to tell everyone that HMD Global isn’t playing around. One might think that early devices from Nokia in 2017 is all about budget phones but the game is changing and HMD Global or Nokia generally speaking is in fact working on more serious devices that what customers were believing earlier. The Nokia X6 is not a flagship device but more of a mid-range handset which has always been what the company is trying to show off their capabilities instead of going straight to their flagship level devices. This way, customers can get an early look and experience behind Nokia’s technology and gain feedback from that which they can use to include on their higher-end devices.
So the new smartphone comes with a 5.8-inch Full-HD+ display having a screen resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels on a 19:9 Aspect ratio. There’s a notch on top of the display which houses the front-facing camera and the earpiece which is also responsible for such odd aspect ratio. And then there’s a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top which is also used from Nokia’s latest Nokia 7 Plus and other device to protect it against light scratches. What’s really impressive with the Nokia X6 is that it almost has an all front display with 95% screen-to-body ratio with relatively super thin bezels not counting the chin though.
The device is powered by Qualcomm‘s new Snapdragon 636 chipset with 8-core processor and Adreno 506 GPU. Equipped with either 4GB or 64GB of RAM, the former configuration is paired with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage while the latter RAM configuration only comes with 64GB of internal storage. These variant comes with microSD card support of up to 256GB using SIM 2 slot on its hybrid SIM tray.
In terms of imaging, one should understand that the Nokia X6 doesn’t come with Zeiss optics that’s according to the spec sheet and the for the fact that it doesn’t have any Zeiss branding anywhere on the device. However you’d still get a dual camera setup with a 16 Megapixel RGB primary sensor having an f/2.0 Aperture paired to a 5 Megapixel secondary monochrome sensor with f/2.2 Aperture. On the front, We have a 16 Megapixel camera equipped with an f/2.0 Aperture lens and 1.0um pixel size.
The new Nokia X6 is also the first Nokia device to explicitly advertise AI features in it. More specifically for its imaging system which improves camera features including optimized color, field lighting effects and portrait lighting effects. The front-facing camera also features Facial Unlock feature which unlocks the device through facial recognition more similar with the Face ID feature from the iPhone X. Then we have Nokia’s Bothie feature, that enables both the front and back cameras being used together to take photos and videos simultaneously.
In addition to Facial Unlock, the new Nokia X6 also has a fingerprint sensor on the back and comes with dual-VoLTE support out of the box. Then we have high-speed WiFi with 802.11ac and standard 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C and GPS support.
The Nokia X6 boots Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with an improved Do Not Disturb mode for Gaming but is not a part of Android One program like any other Chinese exclusive variants of Nokia handsets, however if HMD Global would release an international variant of the handset, it’s more likely that it will also become of Android One. The handset is equipped with a little modest 3060 mAh embedded battery but supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
The handset will be available in these three color options: Black, Blue, and Silver in China on May 21st with prices starting at 1,299 Yuan for the 4GB/32GB variant, then 1,499 Yuan for the 4GB/64GB version and 1,699 Yuan for the top end variant with 6GB/64GB configuration.