Global variant of #Nokia 6 does NOT have a notification LED

At the beginning of the year, HMD introduced the Nokia 6 exclusively for the Chinese market. Since January, we are still waiting on the global version of the 6 to be released. At MWC2017 in Barcelona, HMD unveiled the global variant and said that there are differences between the Chinese variant and the global variant.

There are 2 Chinese variants of Nokia 6: TA-1000 and TA-1003, with the sole difference being that TA-1003 comes with Google services. The global version of Nokia 6 under the model numbers TA-1033, TA-1039, TA-1021 and TA-1025, comes with 1GB less RAM, NFC, Google services, front camera with autofocus and has other hardware improvements we talked about here.

Unfortunately, the global variants of Nokia 6 do not support “LED notifications”. That was confirmed to us by Nokia Mobile Support Team exactly saying:

“…global versions TA-1033, TA-1039, TA-1021, TA-1025 do not support LED notifications”

It’s not clear if HMD removed the notification LED from the device or just disabled it, but it was probably removed, because disabling it doesn’t make sense. Removing this feature at all doesn’t make sense. If you want to regulate the LED light on your Nokia 6 TA-1000 (or TA-1003) you can do it by opening Settings->Display, where you have the option to turn the feature on or off.

We did a quick video demonstration of the notification LED down below.

To me personally, as said above, this decision doesn’t make sense. The support guys that answered my question can’t comment on engineering decision made by the team. Maybe the new front camera with autofocus on global variant took more space than the old one, thus forcing HMD to remove the LED. It’s just a guess.

What do you think about this decision and what could be the reason in doing so? Tell us down below.

Update: Friendly Nokia Mobile support team clarified the made decision.

When it comes to your inquiry about the removal of LED from the global version, please be aware that in regards to global markets, due to specific research, a decision has been made about the removal of the LED.

  • Viccky maurya
    • Yes! I saw that yesterday, but i am not able to see Nokia branding anywhere. 🙁
      Edit: OK I found the Nokia branding. Its at the bottom of the phone. 😛 #Fake
      It seems like some fan created a concept and then made posters of it. 😛

    • I think it’s fake. The photo look extremely fake.

  • “due to specific research” Okay! So was LED light such a costly part that it was needed to be removed, even if their research showed that people don’t use it much. Leave it there and let people use it if they want to, else turn it off.

    Getting disappointed with these awful ways in which HMD is doing its cost cutting. Add this, remove that! Even when they are selling the phone at a premium price!

    • I agree. If you don’t like it, turn it off.

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Not including the LED notification light is just plain dumb!

    With Symbian, you could turn it on or off, and you could control how long it’d flash.

    Nokia should NOT allow HMD to make these sort of mistakes. It makes them both look bad.

    • Hey EricLoveSymbian! Didn’t you see the posts about HMD Global + ZEISS Partnership?? 😛

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        Yeah, but I opened the links (about 22-23 of them from different sites) but didn’t get a chance to get to that one. I fell asleep.

        But I’m super excited!
        If the phone fits the criteria, I’ll be first in line to get it.

  • LEDfan

    I was going to consider this device over moto g5 for the LED notification light only and now they removed this useful feature.
    A bad move by HMD.

  • metalron

    If anyone want to try to push them (Nokia) to consider a capacitive button notification, please RT or just tweet to them!