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Nokia 6 (2018) Test: Nokia finally takes back the hair of the beast

Nokia 6 (2018) Test: Nokia finally takes back the hair of the beast

After making a big comeback in the mobile world last year, Nokia persists and signs this year with another batch of products. Among them, the Nokia 6 2018 represents the mid-range offer of the manufacturer.

  • Dimensions: 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 172 g
  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • DPI: 403
  • Screen type: IPS
  • Surface screen share: 74.26%
  • Chip: Snapdragon 630 Mobile
  • Processor: Cortex-A53 - 2.2 GHz
  • Integrated GPU (iGPU): Adreno 508
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal memory: 64 GB
  • Memory card: Yes
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Photo Sensor: 16 Mpx
  • Photo Sensor: 8MP Front
  • Video capture: Full HD
  • Android Operating System (OS): OS version 7.0
  • Connection: USB-C
  • Fingerprint sensor: Yes
  • Wi-Fi type: 802.11a / b / g / n
  • Bluetooth: 4.1 type
  • NFC: No
  • 4G (LTE): Yes
  • Dual-sim: Yes
  • SIM card format: Nano
  • Seal type: No
  • Removable battery: No

Nokia 6 (2018) Test

Presented at the last Mobile World Congress, the Nokia 6 2018 (or Nokia 6.1 if we follow the official name) is, as the name suggests so well, a reluctance of the Nokia 6 released last year and which marked the great return of Nokia. After a year of battle in the ruthless world of Android smartphones, HMD (the manufacturer behind Nokia) has carved a pretty little place and has managed to return the legendary brand to the front of the stage, since Nokia is now the eleventh manufacturer global smartphone.

With its success, the manufacturer has taken a recipe that works to create this Nokia 6.1. The price hardly climbs, this new version being sold around 279 €, where the previous one cost 269 € on its release. Opposite the Nokia 6.1, we find the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and Honor 7X. So, does the recipe still work? This is what we will see.

Too much to stay in the footsteps of his eldest, this Nokia 6 (2018) goes back from the current trend. While most phones on the market now opt for the "edge to edge" and the 18: 9 popular format, the Nokia phone remains firmly anchored in 2016 with its 16: 9 ratio and its large borders. The slab occupies here only 73% of the front panel, where the competition is closer to 80%.

Nokia 6 (2018) Test

Result, despite its screen size of 5.5 inches (14 cm), the smartphone seems rather massive. But if we put aside this questionable design choice, we must admit that the Nokia 6 (2018) is very successful. Its frame made of a single block of aluminum and its slightly bevelled edges give it a resolutely elegant and serious look. Again, Nokia gives the construction quality.

Nokia 6 (2018) Test

Unfortunately, despite the slight rise in price, the phone does not benefit from any waterproofing certification. In short, this Nokia 6 (2018) is a little gem stuck on the ergonomic standards of 2016. Too bad, because its competitors today have all adopted a design more in line with current expectations.

Admittedly, the screen of the Nokia 6.1 is not 18: 9, unlike that of his classmates, but that does not prevent it from being generally satisfactory with one detail: like the model of last year , this new Nokia 6 has a screen toned too bluish. This defect is visible right out of the box, and after passing under the probe, it is difficult to deny the evidence, since the temperature of the screen points to more than 9000 K.  

Fortunately, the rest of the results are more convincing. As for colorimetry, it's pretty good: the average delta E is 3.7, which is quite close to the reference threshold (ie 3); however, by looking at the detailed measurements, a number of shades - red, bright green, yellow, and blue - are found to be much too high and therefore not true to actual colors. The brightness of the screen, however, has nothing to be blamed: the maximum brightness reaches 495 cd / m² and the minimum goes down to 1.9 cd / m². What ensure a good reading comfort, whether in full sun or at the bottom of his bed in the dark. Reflectance will not spoil the party either: with 13% of reflected light, it is rather contained.

Nokia 6 (2018) Test
Delta E = 3.7

Finally, in use, the definition Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 px) is ample on a slab of this size. As for the persistence and the tactile delay, they are in average, at respectively 14 and 105 ms. No problem to use. In summary, it is a shame that the screen of this Nokia 6 is so blue, because it could have offered an excellent experience.

No problem on the performance side on this Nokia 6.1. Thanks to its chip Snapdragon 630 and 3 GB of RAM, the phone file without problems according to the application and does not suffer from any slowdown when juggling with the various software. A result in part due to the lightness of the software layer, since found on the phone a pure Android juice without any additions.

Nokia 6 (2018) Test:
Heats after 10 minutes of photo + video (face and back).

Unfortunately, the mobile tends to be small sweats when you shoot long minutes in photo and video. In fact, temperatures above 41° C are observed at the surface. Fortunately, the heater is very localized and falls quickly once the video capture stopped. 

On the video game component, the Nokia 6 (2018) is doing with the honors. The CPU / GPU pair (Adreno 508) is able to run most of the 3D titles of the Play Store with a fluidity and a level of graphics quite correct. No problem on that side.

The headphone output of this Nokia 6 (2018) is a great surprise. Not only is the power sufficient for the majority of uses, but the distortion is also maintained at a level almost zero and the sound scene enjoys a wide and well marked. In short, the mobile does not have much to reproach itself on this side. It's less fun on the side of the speaker. The signal, devoid of all the low end of the spectrum, saturates slightly at full volume and the sound is aggressive. Pity. We preferred to book it for phone calls rather than listening to music.

In the field of photography, Nokia does not seem to have made much effort since last year. The Nokia 6.1 therefore offers a good photo quality without being dazzling. Dual camera point here: on the back, only an official module, consisting of a 16-megapixel sensor throne associated with a signed optics of the famous company Zeiss, with whom the manufacturer has renewed links last year.

In broad daylight, the result is rather pleasing. The scene is teeming with details, the dive is present without being too forced and all the elements stand out well from each other. To not spoil anything, the color reproduction is rather faithful. The only minor complaints that can be made to the device are a slight loss of quality on the edges of the image and the presence here and there grain. Compared to what you can get on a Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, it's slightly better. 

Nokia 6 (2018) Photo Test
Nokia 6 (2018) Photo Test by Nokia 6

However, as often, where the difference is more sensitive and where the Nokia 6 slips slightly, it is on the side of the night scenes. Indeed, as soon as the light runs out, the phone loses some of its resources. The grain settles much more clearly and, combined with the significant presence of electronic noise, crushes the finer details. A blue veil occupies all the perimeter of the cliché and the white balance is in the cabbages. The scene remains globally legible but very polluted by chromatic aberrations and we are far from what a Redmi 5 Plus can do. 

Self-portraits will benefit from a special treatment that consists of cutting the subject in relation to its background to make it stand out better. Result: if the level of detail is correct, the photo seems unnatural. The colors are also somewhat forced.

The Nokia 6 (2018) has kept the same 3000 mAh battery as its predecessor and, on our test of home autonomy, takes a little over 12 hours to chain, streaming, call, SMS, eve, etc. This is still 2 hours less than the model from last year and the other references in this price range. For all that, it's not ridiculous. In standard use, this translates into about a day and a half of endurance. In case of more intensive use, it will probably recharge the phone in the evening.

Nokia 6 (2018) Test:

Good news however, the Nokia 6 (2018) is relatively fast charging. It will take an hour and a half to fully recharge with the plug provided. What to compensate in part for its slight lack of endurance.

Interface & OS
One of the reasons why Nokia made a big splash with its range of mobiles at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona is that they all run Android One, including Nokia 6.1. This means that Nokia has shipped here the "pure" version of Android, the one directly distributed by Google. Point of interface modifications and ergonomic codes jostled: it is the simplest form of the OS to the little green robot that we find here.

Regulars will find themselves there very quickly, through Google Assistant, the application drawer, the panel of shortcuts / notifications and different virtual desktops that host your shortcuts and widgets. As for the neophytes of Android, they should also find their marks in a few minutes. 

Nokia 6 (2018) Test:

Joining the Android One program is also the promise of quick updates, and on this side we can not take the Nokia 6 (2018) to default. Indeed, as we write these lines, the phone runs Android 8.1.0 with the security patches of April 2018. Hard to beat. The only thing we can finally regret is not to see more builders follow this example.

  • Irreproachable construction and elegant design.
  • Screen of good quality (except in colorimetry).
  • Excellent results in audio.
  • Solid autonomy and fast charging.
  • Quality of photos in daylight.
  • Android perfectly up to date.

  • Screen too blue.
  • Nightly mediocre pictures.
  • 16: 9 aspect ratio and impressive screen borders.
  • Design dated and without seal certification.
  • Heating too pronounced in video capture.

By improving very slightly the recipe of Nokia 6 released last year, Nokia delivers with 6.1 a very interesting smartphone. Despite a slight stall photo, he is doing with the honors and presents a good quality / price ratio. With more Android One on board, this Nokia 6 (2018) looks like the fire Nexus 5 Google.
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