HMD Global launched its new budget smartphone in China on May 16th. On the same day, OnePlus also launched the OnePlus 6 and it appeared that the Nokia X6 would not get the attention it deserves. However, that does not appear to be true as many people want the Nokia X6 to be launched in more countries other than just China.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global ran a poll on Twitter, asking people if they want a global launch of the Nokia X6. This wouldn’t normally happen and Juho did this because they obviously saw the traction that the China launch of the Nokia X6 received. It is also unlikely that a company would take an expensive decision like this based on a Twitter poll. The focal point here is that the company is willing to launch the Nokia X6 globally, and India could be one of the countries.
India is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. Moreover, the demand for budget smartphones under Rs 20000 is higher than that of a premium device. The Nokia X6 slots in perfectly here and if the company gets the pricing right, it could be a great alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro which is so hard to buy via the flash sales.
The Nokia X6 has a 5.8 inch TFT display with a 2280 x 1080 px resolution. This translates into a 19:9 aspect ratio, the same as the P20 Lite. There is also a notch on the display, which is the reason why the smartphone has a taller aspect ratio.
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. We are still a couple of years away from budget smartphones adopting the USB C port altogether but, this is a great step by HMD Global. Out of the box, the Nokia X6 will run stock-ish Android 8.1 Oreo with little customisations done by HMD Global.
The vertically placed dual-camera setup is in the usual Nokia position but, the “Carl Zeiss” branding is missing. 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.
HMD Global will have to learn from its previous offerings in India and nail the pricing with the Nokia X6. It looks like a great device with its TFT display being the only drawback. However, if priced at under Rs 15000, not many people would be complaining about it.