Exactly 5 months after HMD first announced the Nokia 6 in China, and about 3 months after the global announcement, a Nokia 6 unit found its way in our hands. In contrast to the 3310 that we received from HMD’s local PR, the Nokia 6 was imported from China and carries the model number TA-1000, but with installed Google Play services. In the first few hours with the device, Nokia 6 has left a positive impression on us.
Nokia 6 is HMD’s first Nokia-branded smartphone powered by Android 7.1.1 OS. The device consists of a series 6000 aluminum unibody, with a polarized 5.5-inch FullHD display on the front. Basic specifications additionally include Snapdragon 430, 4GB RAM (the global has 3GB), 3000mAh battery and a 16MP rear camera.
The box of the 6 isn’t the standard “blue” Nokia box, but reminds us of the box of newer Lumia devices. On the front we have the picture of the device in the chosen color with the iconic Nokia handshake done in a modern way. On the side of the box we have the name of the device and a cute little Android logo, both in the color of the device, in this case silver. On the back of the box we can find the specifications, and apart from the already mentioned basic specs above, we can add 32GB internal memory, Dolby Atmos support and support for a lot, if not all, LTE frequencies in the world.
After ripping the Nokia sticker and opening the box, we stop for a moment and are face to face with a large black surface on which the polarized screen fits seamlessly with the bezel, even though it’s IPS LCD. The aluminum frame completes the picture of the beautiful device. After removing the device we can see the SIM/MicroSD card tray key and user guides, while the WH-108 headphones, MicroUSB2.0 cable and wall apart have a separate box left of the device.
That’s mostly all about the unboxing. The packaging overall is compact, being only a little longer than the device, and about 1,5 times wider. It’s the Chinese TA-1000 version after all, so the global version may come with a different box.
The 6 feels sturdy and premium in the hand, and it’s impressive on first look. You’ll notice how sturdy the device is when you casually “throw” it on a table, and then get scared not the break the table. That happened to me today with a glass one, so be careful :). When the first official photos of the 6 were published, the device didn’t look special or impressive, in terms of the design. But the tables turn when you see it in real life. It’s easy to notice that the device was really carefully designed, with every design element having its purpose, or as HMD (and before Nokia) likes to say: “Leaving only the essential.”
All in all, the 6 made really good first impressions and we eagerly wait how it will perform in coming days and weeks. It’s good to repeat again that this is the China version that has some hardware differences compared to the global one, so we will focus more on build quality, screen and other aspects that the Devices (global variant and China variant) share, and hopefully when the global review unit arrives this month, we will go really in-depth about the device.
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