Nokia X6 With All-Glass Design And A Notch Launched
CNY 1,299(Rs 13,800 approx.)
CNY 1,499 (Rs 16,000 approx.)
CNY 1,699 (Rs 18,100 approx.)
147.2 x 70.98 x 7.99 mm
2280 x 1080 px
2.5D Curved Glass
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
1.8 GHz Kryo 260
Android 8.1 Oreo
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
HMD Global has launched another budget smartphone in China, the Nokia X6. The new budget smartphone will be available in China exclusively for now but, we do expect the company to launch it in countries like India where budget smartphones always have an audience. We already have smartphones like the Redmi Note 5 pro, Zenfone Max Pro and now the Realme 1 vying for the top budget smartphone spot. The addition of the Nokia X6 will be a welcome one.
HMD Global will have to get the pricing right in India, though. In China, the Nokia X6 will be available in three variants. One with 4GB RAM/32GB storage is priced at CNY 1,299(Rs 13,800 approx.), second with 4GB RAM/64GB storage at CNY 1,499 (Rs 16,000 approx.) and the most premium model with 6GB RAM/64GB storage will retail for CNY 1,699(Rs 18,100 approx.).
The Nokia X6 has a 5.8 inch TFT display with a 2280 x 1080 px resolution. This translates into a 19:9 aspect ratio, the same as the P20 Lite. There is also a notch on the display, which is the reason why the smartphone has a taller aspect ratio.
The smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset along with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM coupled with either 32GB or 64Gb of onboard storage. The onboard storage will be expandable via microSD card. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back which has a glossy finish thanks to an all-glass design. The Snapdragon 636 chipset has been quite successful in devices so far. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first smartphone to run on the chipset and has been well-received in India for its performance. The Redmi Note 5 pro competitor, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro also runs on the Snapdragon 636 chipset.
Powering the device is a 3060 mAh battery which charges via a USB C port. We are still a couple of years away from budget smartphones adopting the USB C port altogether but, this is a great step by HMD Global. Out of the box, the Nokia X6 will run stock-ish Android 8.1 Oreo with little customisations done by HMD Global.
The vertically placed dual-camera setup is in the usual Nokia position but, the “Carl Zeiss” branding is missing. The back has a 16MP primary sensor along with a 5MP secondary sensor. The dual-camera setup will be able to take portrait shots, a feature that has become very popular recently. The front houses as a 16MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
The Nokia X6 can be a solid offering in India if HMD Global gets the pricing right. So far, all Nokia smartphones have been a tad bit overpriced which can be monumental in a price sensitive market like India.