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.