So far this phone has only been announced in China, but we have a feeling it might be heading to the rest of the world too, just as the original Nokia 6 did.
So what's changed? We're diving through the details to see what's what.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): Design
- Both have aluminium unibody design
- New model is shorter but slightly thicker
- New 6 has a rear fingerprint scanner
The Nokia 6 boldly introduced the world in 2017 to a new breed of Nokia phones. The design story was everything, with talk of durability and precision. Once again, the new Nokia 6 is crafted from a block of 6000 series aluminium and topped with Corning Gorilla Glass.
The design of the new reflects the old, with diamond cut finishing and antenna bands tracing the top and bottom curves of the phone. There's now a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone, while the dual anodisation process leads to a two-tone colour, make the new a little more exciting than the old.
The original measures 154 x 75.8 x 7.85mm (with a slight bump for the camera), while the new Nokia 6 is 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15mm. It's shorter, but a little fatter, but not by much.
Importantly, it still looks like the Nokia 6, so it seems a sensible evolution.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): Display
- Both have 5.50inch, full HD IPS LCD display
There's not a lot to add here. Both these devices have the same display specs. Both are 16:9 aspect, both a 5.5-inches on the diagonal and both have a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
With that, we'll move swiftly along.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): Hardware
- New 6 steps up to Snapdragon 630, 4GB RAM
- Both offer 32GB storage + microSD
- Both have 3000mAh battery
- New 6 has BT5
It's at the heart of this phone that the Nokia 6 makes its biggest move. The original 6 was an elegant looking thing with some decent specs, but it felt like it never matched its potential because it had the entry-level Snapdragon 430 platform running things.
The big change here is that the new Nokia 6 effectively moves into the mid-range, taking with it the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and an increase to 4GB of RAM. The new model should be faster and more efficient, an overall better performer.
The battery capacity remains the same at 3000mAh, although the new Nokia 6 has USB Type-C rather than the older Micro-USB, and also offers quick charging, again, a change for the better.
There are connectivity updates for Bluetooth too, with the new model offering Bluetooth 5, the old BT4.1.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): Cameras
- Both have the same camera hardware
- New Nokia 6 offers bothies
To all intents and purposes the cameras on the Nokia 6s are the same. Both have a 16-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with 1.0µm pixels, with phase detection autofocus. Both also have an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with 1.2µm pixels and an 84-degree wide angle.
One thing that the new Nokia 6 is highlighting is the Dual View feature, however, allowing you to use the front and rear camera at the same time to capture "bothies". This was a feature of the Nokia 8 and now seems to be heading elsewhere.
We suspect that this is partly enabled by the more powerful Qualcomm platform that it's running on.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): Software
- Both run Android Nougat
Nokia's new groove is pure Android hardware, with only a minor alteration to the camera app. The old Nokia 6 launched on Nougat and the Oreo update is in beta. Nokia has been very good at updating its phone, something promised by the pure Android build.
Interestingly, the new Nokia 6 is listed as launch on Android 7.1.1 - also Nougat. As this phone hasn’t launched in the UK or the US (yet), we're no sure what the position is with regards to Oreo. Launching a new device in 2018 with Oreo will instantly mark it down as being out of date.
This is one to watch closely - but it looks as those the software position of both these phones is currently the same.
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): Conclusions
The new Nokia 6 has only been announced in China, with no word on when or if it will be coming to other regions. When the original Nokia 6 launched the position was the same - it was a Chinese exclusive, before coming to the UK a little later - which is exactly what we expect to happen here.
The strong parts of the Nokia 6 remain: there's excellent, perhaps class-leading design, and a good size of phone, but moving the fingerprint scanner to the rear has allowed it to be a little shorter.
But the good news is that it steps-up to be a more powerful mid-range phone with that upgraded Snapdragon 630 heart. Exactly what this will do to the price we don't know, but it could be a strong device for 2018.