Nokia X6 Could Soon Launch In India, Global Variant Gets NCC Certification
It is hard to fathom that the company is still launching new devices regularly after it unveiled five new smartphones at MWC 2018. The Nokia X6 is one of the new ones. The Nokia X6 is also hands down one of the most exciting smartphones launched by HMD Global this year. It was launched in China last month and is expected to make its global debut soon. That debut might be closer than we thought as a global variant of the budget device has passed through NCC in Taiwan.
NCC is similar to China’s TENNA. Every electronic device to launch in Taiwan has to be certified by NCC first. A new report by DealnTech claims that HMD Global plans on launching the X6 first in Taiwan (apart from China, of course). Taiwan is expected to be one of the many countries where HMD Global will launch its new budget smartphone.
The company will take heart from the fact that the Nokia X6 has been well-received in China. The world’s largest smartphone market does not have a dearth of options in price category with companies like Xiaomi, Huawei continuously launching China-exclusive devices. The Snapdragon 636-powered Nokia X6 has gained a lot of popularity in the country and HMD Global would like to replicate similar success in countries like India.
India, just like China, also has a very congested budget smartphone category. In fact, the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro, two popular budget smartphones in India are also powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC. This means that the Nokia X6 will have to be priced very competitively to stand any chance in India. It has an all-glass build which, on paper, looks better than the aluminium unibody design of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro.
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The notched budget device from HMD Global has a 5.8 inch TFT display with a 2280 x 1080 px resolution. 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.
Powering the device is a 3060 mAh battery which charges via a USB C port. Out of the box, the Nokia X6 will run stock-ish Android 8.1 Oreo with little customisations done by HMD Global. 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, if priced close to Rs 15000 to 16000, should be a great contender. However, HMD Global has missed the mark with its pricing in India so far.