HMD Global recently released the Nokia 6 (2018) (Review) in India in a bid to take on the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review). The phone launched in India in just one variant, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Now, the Finnish company has launched a second variant, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, priced at Rs. 18,999.
We were impressed with the clean and fluid software package, build quality, performance, and battery life of the Nokia 6 (2018). But the low-light camera performance and mediocre fingerprint sensor were hard to ignore. We are eager to examine if the extra gigabyte of RAM has any real-world effect on performance and if it’s worth shelling out an extra 2,000 rupees.
Nokia 6 (2018) 4GB design
We won’t spend too much rehashing the Nokia 6 (2018)’s design, as it has not changed since we last examined it in detail. It is worth reiterating that the smartphone is built like a tank and feels incredibly solid in the hand. HMD Global told Gadgets 360 that build quality was its biggest priority while designing the second generation Nokia 6 and the end result speaks for itself.
The smartphone is a bit too wide, which hampers one-handed use considerably. The sizeable borders around the display also look a bit dated. On a positive note, the accents around the buttons, rear camera and frame look classy and add design flair to what is otherwise a staid, industrial design.
The layout is the same as the 3GB variant of the phone. There is a hybrid dual-SIM tray on the left edge, a power button and volume rocker on the right edge and a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top. The USB-Type C port is present on the bottom along with a loudspeaker, which is rather shrill and tinny. The Nokia 6 (2018) is one of the few smartphones below Rs. 20,000 to abandon the age-old micro-USB port.
Nokia 6 (2018) 4GB specifications and display
This variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, which is a huge improvement over the under-powered Snapdragon 430 found in last year’s Nokia 6 (Review). As we noted in our earlier review, the 5.5-inch LCD panel is bright and punchy but suffers from poor viewing angles.