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New Nokia 6 smartphone lands to fan fury - 'avoid this phone'

New Nokia 6 smartphone lands to fan fury - 'avoid this phone'

HMD Global is rumoured to host an to unveil the as its new flagship - alongside the and Nokia 8 (2018). The company also hinted the handset will see an update to Android 8.0 Oreo months from now. It comes with a more capable chipset and a reduced footprint, but otherwise shares most of its hardware with the original Nokia 6. In other words, the Nokia 6 (2018) won't be a huge upgrade from the existing Nokia 6, so users should not expect major changes. The Nokia 6 (2018), a.k.a. Nokia 6 2nd gen, has just been revealed, somewhat. The home button is being wiped out for more attractive and bezel-less look. Apart from a torch on the top, connectivity options on this new device may include Bluetooth, Micro USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack. However, the general specs of the phone's camera are still identical to last year's Nokia 6 with 16MP PDAF rear camera and 8MP fixed focus wide-angle front camera.

If and when it does arrive the current price is 1,499 yuan (around $230/£170/AU$295) for the 32GB version and 1,699 yuan (roughly $260/£195/AU$335) for the 64GB one, making it potentially slightly cheaper than the $229/£200/AU$399 original Nokia 6. The handset is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The smartphone will be available to the customers in India sometime soon.

Unlike much of the mid-range competition, the Nokia 6 (2018) doesn't have a dual-camera setup on the back. There's a longer metal frame surrounding the rear camera lens and LED flash unit below it. Fingerprint sensor sits right below the LED flash. While the 2017 model had a front-facing fingerprint scanner, the latest version carries it to the back and also loses the capacitive keys in favour of on-display navigation buttons.

In terms of battery, the Nokia 3310 is listed with a 1,200mAh battery.

Sporting a 5.5-inch IPS display clubbed with a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, the new Nokia offering is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, clocked at 2.2GHz.

What has changed is the addition of Nokia's Dual-Sight technology which can capture images from both the primary and secondary camera at the same time. The processor upgrade alone will make a huge difference in the power and fluidity of the phone, making it more than worth a buy if you're now rocking the 2017 model. Moreover, the phone will be released on January 10.

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