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Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): In-house mid-range smartphones battle

16 March 2018 5

HMD global kicked off the year confidently after acquiring 1% market share during 2017. The company started the year with the announcement of second gen of Nokia 6 phone. Like last year, the company initially announced the device for the Chinese customers, later on, the device goes official for the global customers at the MWC 2018. The new Nokia 6 is certainly an important device in HMD's Android running Nokia's portfolio because its the first series which was well appreciated by Chinese and global customers.

The company confirmed the new Nokia 6 2018 will be available in same regions where its predecessor was available. Definitely a lot of things changed in a year or so, it would be interesting to know what kind of changes the latest Nokia 6 2018 is bringing over its predecessor which was launched back in the first month of 2017. Also, the successor device creates doubts in mind whether you should upgrade to the latest device or not.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we put in comparison with the predecessor to know the key differences regarding what kind of changes new device is bringing on board to lure customers. Today we will compare Nokia 6 2018 against the Nokia 6 2017 to know the key differences and similarities between the two devices. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

75.8 x 148.8 x 8.15 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
75.8 x 154 x 8.4 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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The Nokia 6 2017 was pretty important for HMD global as they kicked off Android running Nokia branded smartphones, the company key focus in design was durability which Nokia brand was known in past. The HMD Global crafted the Nokia 6 from aluminum 6000 series single block that's was its chassis was indeed quite durable. Despite the fact when most OEMs were bringing bezel-less designs, the company retained the thick bezels design and protected the display with Corning Gorilla Glass.

The original Nokia 6 comes with the diamond cut finish, HMD global brings similar finish for this year Nokia 6 as well. HMD global opted dual-tone colors that's why the latest Nokia 8 2018 looks a bit more luring than its predecessor. On first look, you may find the Nokia 6 2018 pretty much similar to its predecessor but there are few refinements. The chassis on both the devices is unibody aluminum and even the display size remains similar.

The first prominent change is lack of a physical home button in the latest device which means the fingerprint scanner position is also changed now. The new Nokia 6 2018 features fingerprint scanner on the rear below the camera module. Despite reducing the bezels, the display panel aspect ratio remains 16:9.

The primary rear snapper on both the devices is vertically placed in the center with a single LED flashlight. However, the latest device camera rim is now colored to make it prominent whereas that's not the case with the last year device. The Nokia 6 2017 measurements are 154 x 75.8 x 7.85mm whereas the latest Nokia 6 2018 dimensions are 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15mm. This means the latest device is slightly compact in length but it is slightly thicker at the same time.

In terms of color options, the Nokia 6 2017 was available in Copper, Silver, Matte Black and Tempered Blue colors and the limited edition Arte Black version whereas the latest Nokia 6 is announced in two color variants only the black variant with copper lining and the white variant with a gold theme. Both the new version looks quite luring. The latest Nokia 6 2018 doesn't bring drastic changes in design but most changes are evolutionary rather revolutionary.


The display section is indeed an aspect which doesn't bring any changes over the predecessor. The Nokia 6 2017 was announced with 5.5-inches LCD display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 with the pixels density of 403 pixels-per-inch.

Although the latest Nokia 6 2018 lacks any physical button on the front still it comes with a thick bezels design. The display panel remains 5.5-inches with same screen resolution and aspect ratio. The only advantage of trimmed bezels is the new Nokia 6 2018 is slightly smaller than the predecessor. Nowadays mostly mid-rangers have Full HD display, so it's not disappointing at all.


Being the latest device definitely, the Nokia 6 2018 will emerge as a better device. Certainly, the internal hardware is one aspect which makes the Nokia 6 2018 a far better device than its predecessor in terms of performance.

The Nokia 6 2017 was a mid-range smartphone but it was running on the entry-level Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 SoC. The chipset wasn't a mid-range SoC but it was accompanied with 3GB RAM for the base variant whereas the top tier variant comes with 4 Gigs of RAM. The base variant native storage was 32GB whereas the top-tier variant native storage was 64GB. The Nokia 6 2017 supports memory expansion via MicroSD card up to 256GB. It comes with a dedicated slot for memory expansion. The Adreno 505 takes care of graphics.

The latest Nokia 6 2018 brought a much-appreciated change by the inclusion of the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC. The base variant comes with 3GB RAM with 32GB storage whereas the top-tier variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It comes with a hybrid slot for memory expansion which means the slot can be either used for MicroSD or the second SIM. The latest device will be much faster and more power efficient than the predecessor. The overall performance of the new Nokia 6 certainly will beat the last year's Nokia 6.

For connectivity, the Nokia 6 2017 comes with Bluetooth 4.1 whereas the latest device features the latest Bluetooth 5.0 which means more efficient and better data transfer. No matter which smartphone you opt amongst the two, both the devices are good in handling your daily tasks fluently being mid-rangers but if you want to have a solid mid-range with good efficient speed, the Nokia 6 2018 is a better choice.

Specs Nokia 6 2018 Nokia 6 2017
Display 5.5-inches 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 630 Snapdragon 430
RAM 3/4GB 3/4GB
Storage 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 16MP Zeiss Lens 16MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
USB Type-C Micro-USB
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo

Apart from the display panel, the camera sensors on both the devices are same. The primary rear snapper on both the devices is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture with PDAF (Phase Detection autofocus). Up front, the selfie camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing camera is a wide-angle camera with 84 degrees viewing angle. The only addition to the latest Nokia 6 2018 camera sensors is the Zeiss-branded lens.

Last year HMD global introduced Bothies feature with the flagship Nokia 8, the good thing is the latest Nokia 6 2018 is bringing the bothie feature which means you can capture using both front and rear camera at the same time. This certainly a good feature to have for those who want to capture rear view with their selfies. One of the reasons behind bringing this new feature to Nokia 6 2018 could be the inclusion of powerful chipset which can handle both cameras at the same time. If you want more control on your camera, there is a Pro mode available on the latest Nokia 6 so that users can set camera settings according to their preference.


Nokia's latest iteration in the software department is bringing all smartphones under Google Android One program which means the HMD global will bring devices with stock Android OS, the only change in the Nokia's version will have dedicated camera App with few tweaks. This certainly a treat for those who want stock Android experience on non-Google hardware.

The Nokia 6 2017 was announced with Android Nougat but the company updated it to Android Oreo pretty soon after the availability of final Oreo build. HMD's track record of updating their devices with the latest Android OS is pretty awesome and the company fulfilled their promise of rolling software updates pretty soon after the Google devices.

Its definitely a refreshing change from HMD to announce all future Nokia branded smartphones with stock Android OS with no bloatware. So now you can enjoy the pure Android experience on your Nokia smartphone. In terms of UI both the devices will get the latest version of Android Oreo so it won't be different as both will provide stock Android experience.


The battery cell of both the devices is 3,000mAh, however, there is a difference which results in better charging capability of the latest device. The last year Nokia 6 features Micro USB port for charging which means it won't top up as fast as the Type-C USB port of the Nokia 6 2018. The battery life of Nokia 6 2018 will be better because of power efficient chipset and also it will charge quickly than its predecessor. So for those who were not happy with charging speed of Nokia 6 2017, this certainly a welcome change for them.


The good thing is both the Nokia 6 smartphones comes with a sturdy aluminum design with the pretty excellent diamond finish. The display panel on both the devices is same, So it won't be a deciding factor at all. The Nokia 6 2017 was available for €209 for the European region but the latest upgraded Nokia 6 2018 cost significantly higher at €279. So for the better chipset, you will have to pay €70 more. The reason for being the latest device slightly compact is a change of fingerprint scanner position.

If you already own the last year, the latest Nokia 6 somewhat similar design, display, and cameras may not attract you unless you are willing to spend around 300 Euros for a better mid-range chipset. However for those who are looking for a solid mid-range with a sturdy design and top-notch build quality the Nokia 6 2018 could be your smartphone.

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