Nokia 6 is Finally Here – But is the Snapdragon 430 Chip what you expected?

Nokia 6

It has been coming for ages now, but Nokia has finally found itself space in the highly congested Android realm with a new Nokia 6 smartphone.

Many were eagerly waiting for the launch of this first Nokia phone powered by Android OS out of the box. While the company might have rewritten history with the new phone, it appears that some out there are not happy with what the phone brings to the table after all this time. The design is great, the display screen is roomy and quality is also amazing, the software is the best and latest, there is plenty of storage and the cameras are also decent. However, there is one major letdown on the Nokia 6 – the processor.

The Nokia 6 has a decent amount of specs and features, but just like any other smartphone, it has its downside as well. You get a 5.5-inch display screen with a great 1080p resolution – the same you find on the likes of OnePlus 3, 3T as well as iPhone 7 Plus, among other flagships. The phone has Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, something that not so many non-Google OEMs have managed to do so far.

The aluminum unibody design you get on the Nokia 6 is nothing out of this world, but it gives the phone a place in the already saturated midrange market. On the back of the phone is a great 16MP snapper while the front has an even better 8MP selfie camera. It gets even better when looking at what the phone packs under the hood, where you come across a decent RAM of 4GB and onboard storage of 64GB, which can also be expanded via a microSD card. The battery unit has 3000mAh of power that should take you through an entire day on a single charge.

Nokia 6

However, trouble sets in when it comes to the processor, with HMD Global opting to go with the entry-level Snapdragon 430 SoC. In actual sense, many expected a Nokia 6 phone that is powered by any of the Snapdragon 600 series, something you find on the best midrangers out there like the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. In short, the Nokia 6 is meant for simple, lightweight tasks and nothing close to gaming or streaming – but who doesn’t play games or stream videos in 2017, regardless of the phone in use?

Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 430 in September 2015 and as you can see, the processor is more than a year old – the same processor you find in the likes of Lenovo K6 series and even a number of Xiaomi Redmi devices including the 3S and 3X models from last year.

The Nokia 6 has a price tag of 1699 Yuan, which is about $245, meaning this is a midrange phone. But is it what you expected from Nokia on its Android debut? Share your thoughts with us via the comments.

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