HMD Global announces second generation Nokia 6

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Few hours after its listing on one of the Chinese e-commerce websites, Nokia 6 (2018) has finally been made official.

The Nokia 6 isn't competing for top spots, at least not in the premium smartphone market. This facilitate easy one-hand operation on the Nokia 6 (2018).

The upgrade with the Nokia 6 2018 comfortably brings the phone from a low-end to mid-range device while keeping a similar price tag, so it's bound to be a hit with budget-conscious consumers.

Both models have pops of color in the chamfered edges. It has the capacitive keys on the front side of the fingerprint scanner. Speaking of which, the Nokia 6 2018 now comes with a rear-mounted finger-print scanner.

The new year has just rolled out and HMD Global is starting it not with a bang but with a tiny pop. HMD Global has retained the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio for this one rather than going the 18:9 route. The 2018 version is now powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC (System on Chip).

The second gen Nokia 6 remains the same in many other aspects. The Nokia 6 this year is practically a reboot and what last year's buyers should have been given in the first place.

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Both variants offer a microSD card slot for expandable storage, a USB Type-C port, and a fingerprint reader on the back. There's also a 64GB version available for $260. The original Nokia 6 came with Bluetooth 4.1 and LPDDR3 RAM. It will help the mobile to have the fast charging. It's still backed by a 3,000mAh battery. Similarly, an 8MP front camera is available with a wide-angle lens. If that wasn't enough, the phone also allows for live broadcast of videos shot using Dual-Sight on to social media platforms like Facebook. It's an advance spatial audio technology with 3D capture and playback capabilities.

HMD makes a big deal out of software and user experience - pure, secure and up to date - but the new Nokia 6 2018 still runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box which is a little disappointing.

Coming to Nokia 6 (2018), it features the same 5.5-inch Full HD resolution display that we saw on Nokia 6.

The Nokia 6 (2018) is expected to go on sale on January 10.

NOKIA fans have poured scorn on the company's latest smartphone, just hours before the handset is set to be officially launched.