The Nokia 6 2nd generation which is basically the updated version of the Nokia 6, was launched a few days ago and I can assure you that Nokia 6 second generation is much better than its predecessor. The key feature and the major differentiator between the two phones is that this one comes with a Snapdragon 630 chipset featuring a 2.2gHz octa-core processor as opposed to the 430 chipset which was a major setback in the previous phone. The Nokia 6 2nd generation is the second phone from the company to feature the Snapdragon 630, with the first phone being the Nokia 7.
Now lets jump to the appearance of the phone, it’s actually quite similar to the Nokia 6 — strong build with an aluminum body, has the same 1920×1080 resolution with an aspect ratio of 16:9 but the phone is slightly shorter and thicker than the former. HMD Global has reduced the bezels around the Nokia 6 2nd generation, this along with the 5.5 inch IPS LCD display gives the phone a more compact look. The fingerprint scanner is now in the rear instead of the front, following the likes of Huawei and LG. I personally find this a let down since I find it easier to access it from the front or even the side rather than the back, though this is something that wouldn’t matter once you get used to it.
The Nokia 6 2nd generation has been upgraded from a 3GB RAM to a 4GB RAM and has a 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and has a battery capacity of 3000mAh that comes with a USB type-C charger (not a micro USB) which can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
Overall I think this is a pretty good mid-range device but what I don’t like about this phone is that it comes with the same 16MP cam with 1.0um pixels and F/2.0 lens at the back and an 8MP shooter with 1.12um pixels and F/2.2 aperture at the front. Its predecessor’s camera was slow to launch and focus and its camera quality in low lighting wasn’t good so I don’t expect much from this phone’s camera but I guess this is expected from phones of this price point. Anyway the camera quality is okay if there is good lighting and the “dual view” (also known as ‘bothie mode’) camera feature has been added to the Nokia 6 2nd generation, using the dual view you can snap a picture from both the front and the back sensors simultaneously and get the two pictures together side by side stitched as one, which I admit is kind of cool and fun.
The Nokia 6 generation is shipped with Android Nougat 7.1.1 and will be updated to Android Oreo later on. The phone comes in two colors, black and white. The 32GB model costs around $231 and the 64 GB costs around $263– similar to that of its predecessor, the Nokia 6 (costs $230).
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