Analysis: Nokia 6 could be the Smartphone to beat in 2017

Nokia 6

HMD Global is flying high with the new Nokia-branded Android Nougat phones, especially the Nokia 6. The phone has been in the market for a few months now, however, it is only limited to the Chinese market, at least for now.

Ever since its first release back at the beginning of this year, the Nokia 6 has been hard to come by. In China, the device has been selling through JD.com. Interestingly, the manner in which the phone has been selling out actually led some people to believe that the retailer was organizing flash sales for the same. However, the retailer claims that the inventory was being updated, only that the demand for the phone as extraordinary. Typically, the Nokia 6 was selling in minutes or hours, something that has meant the retailer had to organize another availability date for the phone.

Make no mistake, because the figures of the Nokia 6 units being sold out are quite mind-blowing, especially for a company that has an unproven record in the smartphone industry.

For some time now, JD.com has been working on a new Silver variant of the Nokia 6. The retailer’s plans were to make the phone available in China on April 11. Well, this was a success, but like previous occasions, the Nokia 6 is nowhere as at the time of this writing. It has already been sold out despite coming in both variants of 32GB and 64GB.

In China, there seems to be a huge interested in the Nokia 6, with millions of units having already been sold. The phone has yet to make its global debut, but it’s happening this month, with more markets getting it in May. For now, it is hard to know the performance of the phone in the U.S., European and other markets across the globe. However, given the robust design, near-stock Android Nougat OS and a very affordable price tag, don’t be surprised to see the Nokia 6 garnering significant attention across the globe.

Nokia 6

At just $250, the Nokia 6 gives you a package that just about matches the price tag. There’s a Gorilla Glass 3-protected 5.5-inch LCD screen with a 1080p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, a 4GB RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage. The back camera has a 16MP shooter with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash and ability to record 1080p videos, same as the 8MP sensor on the front. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the front panel, a microUSB port, 4G LTE connectivity and a 3000mAh battery that supports fast charging technology.

If the Nokia 6 manages to replicate the success it has had in China when it makes its global debut, it might just be the best way for the Finnish company to announce its official return to the mobile phone industry. In short, the Nokia 6 might as well be the smartphone to beat this 2017. Quite not the expectation huh!

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