HMD Global (HMD), a Finnish company that acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand, has released its first smartphone, the Nokia 6. Like the overwhelming majority of new smartphones released today, it is running Google’s Android operating system — in this case, the most recent version, Nougat.
The Nokia 6 is squarely in mid-range smartphone territory, bringing with it a 5.5-inch 1080p display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB of RAM, a generous 64GB of internal storage, Snapdragon X6 LTE modem, front-mounted fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos audio, 16MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, and an 8MP selfie camera. It also spots an aluminum unibody design, which HMB says exudes “superior craftsmanship and design quality”.
“We have set ourselves a mission to deliver the best possible smartphone experience, with a beautiful premium design touch, to everyone, at every price point,” said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer for HMD Global. “By building on true Nokia phone hallmarks of leading design and materials, an obsessive focus on the latest technology and solving real-life issues, we believe we have a unique proposition for consumers. The Nokia 6 marks the first step on our journey, with more to come in 2017.”
If you have a soft spot for Nokia smartphone and live outside of the Chinese market, we have some bad news for you. HMD is only launching the Nokia 6 in China for now, as it is a "strategically important market" that is expected to have nearly 600 million users by the end of 2017. The smartphone will be priced at around $250 in China, which puts it right at the heart of the mid-range market.