For its return, Nokia is abundantly nourishing the market for mid-range devices. After the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, the brand bought by the company HMD Global released the Nokia 6. A configuration more than honorable, with a 5.5 inch Full HD screen, a Snapdragon 430, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The smartphone also benefits from a 16 Mpix photo module. It is available at a price of 260 euros.
Returning to the race, Nokia is trying to find a visual identity. With the Nokia 8, the manufacturer has shown that it is starting on a good basis. The Nokia 6 unfortunately does not take advantage of the aesthetic qualities of the latter. At first glance, the design of the device is classic: a camera module on the back, a main button surrounded by capacitive buttons below the screen, as well as buttons – power and volume control – on the edge right.
The Nokia 6 is not the best friend of your hand. At least from your fingers. Around the screen and the hull, Nokia integrates shiny metal edges which are indelicately rubbing against the skin. It only takes a few minutes of use for this Nokia to become unpleasant. If you use your smartphone two hours a day for three years, it will spend almost 2,200 hours in the palm of your hand. We have no desire to hold the Nokia 6 for 2,200 hours in the palm of our hand.
The other ergonomic flaw of the Nokia 6 is the position of the main button and the back and multitasking buttons. Very thin, they are located a few millimeters from the base of the smartphone. A location too low to allow you to reach them with ease. This time, your joints could take a hit. The main button acts as a fingerprint sensor. In the shape of a very elongated ellipse, it is far from being the most reactive on the market.
Screen and interface: a very clean copy
Nokia’s work on display is more compelling. The brand offers a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, a resolution (more than enough) of 401 ppi. The slab is of good quality and bright enough to remain comfortable in the sun. We measured a brightness of 502 cd / m² – a high figure, with a contrast ratio of 1569: 1 – a very high figure. All with very acceptable color calibration.
We usually dwell on the overlays offered by the manufacturers. Nokia does not leave us the possibility: under Android Nougat (7.1.1), the Nokia 6 offers an Android “stock”, as imagined by Google, without any graphic or functional modification. In the field, minimalism is even more advanced than that of Motorola. Purists will appreciate it.
From the first ignition, we find the whole Google suite, with a personalized flow that appears by touching the home screen from left to right. A swipe from bottom to top from the same screen opens the application drawer. As on most Android devices running Marshmallow or Nougat since this summer, Google Assistant is available in UK’s.
Power and autonomy: minimum union
At 260 euros, it’s difficult to expect technical prowess from a smartphone. But in 2017, many of them offer great possibilities, even in video games. Like the Nokia 5, the Nokia 6 is equipped with the Snapdragon 430 processor from Qualcomm (1.4 GHz). A safe bet at this price level, here supported by 3 GB of RAM for 32 GB of expandable storage in microSD.
Without distinguishing itself by its flashiness, the interface is fluid enough to juggle easily between apps. We were able to play Riptide GP: Renegade, a title that has the merit of pushing smartphones to their limits. The gameplay remained comfortable, at the cost of a drop in the level of graphic details. Even after several tens of minutes of play, there was no overheating.
The picture is similar regarding autonomy. The 3000 mAh battery allowed the Nokia 6 to last 10:35 during our versatile autonomy review, which combines uses such as video or web browsing. Although honorable, the result is not as good as that of the Nokia 5 (160 euros, 1:09 p.m.) or the Honor 6X (249 euros, 11:28 a.m.) and very far from that of the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 (279 euros, 5:03 p.m.), a true marathon runner . The Nokia 6 will last a full day, without going much further.
Photo: “Take Our Time ♫”
While the Nokia 5 benefits from a 13 Mpix photo sensor, the Nokia 6 rises to 16 Mpix. Except that an increase in the quantity of pixels does not mean a gain in image quality. In good light conditions, the photos are successful, with a good level of detail and sharpness. The device, however, has difficulty managing differences in exposure. In low light, the smoothing takes over and the textures disappear. At night, the capacities of the Nokia 6 are therefore very limited.
See photos taken with Nokia 6 in high definition
We encountered another problem, independent of the image quality: the calculation time between each take is far too important. Between two photos, the Nokia 6 needs one to five seconds – depending on the light conditions – before being operational again. This delay considerably tarnishes the user experience. Without stabilization, the images regularly suffer from camera shake. The video sequences are also shaky, with the added bonus of a few jerks.