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Nokia 6 is official! ‘First’ Nokia Android Smartphone Launched in China!

| January 8, 2017 | 26 Replies

Wait, what? I thought we were waiting for MWC?! It’s official. The first Nokia Android is the Nokia ‘6’.

  • Nokia 6 will be available exclusively in China through JD.com. Available in early 2017, Nokia 6 is 1699 CNY
  • New design philosophy embraces much-loved Nokia phone hallmarks of quality, superior craftsmanship and relentless focus on the consumer experience
  • Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017

Espoo, Finland – 8 January 2017: After securing the exclusive Nokia brand licensing rights in mobile phones in late 2016, HMD Global Oy (“HMD”) is proud to announce the launch of its Nokia 6 smartphone in China. The Nokia 6 marks the first step in HMD’s ambition to set a new standard in design, material quality and manufacturing innovation across every tier of its products by building on the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience. The device, which is designed explicitly with the needs of users in mind, combines quality and in-built durability to deliver a real-life premium smartphone experience at a price point for the highly aspirational Chinese consumer.

The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China is a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world. With over 552 million smartphone users in China in 2016, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 593 million users by 20171, it is a strategically important market where premium design and quality is highly valued by consumers.

With the arrival of Nokia 6, consumers will see superior craftsmanship and design quality in action. It takes 55 minutes to machine a single Nokia 6 from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium. It then receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times. The end result is an aluminium unibody with the highest level of visual and structural quality.

Delivering quality to the core, the Nokia 6 display has a bright hybrid in-cell 5.5” screen with full HD resolution and incredible colour reproduction wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The display stack is laminated together with a polarizer layer enabling excellent sunlight readability and slim form. The build is completed with the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 430 processor with X6 LTE modem designed for excellent battery life and superior graphics performance.

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The Nokia 6 has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with which to run the latest version of Android Nougat and is packed with entertainment to bring to life the latest that Android has to offer. The dual amplifiers deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and unmatched clarity. Dolby Atmos creates powerful, moving audio that seems to flow all around users. The Nokia 6 packs a 16MP phase detection auto focus rear camera for sharp detailed pictures, and an 8MP front camera. The f/2.0 aperture lenses and exclusive camera UI with automatic scene detection make it easy to take great shots every time.

Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global said: “Just a short while ago we announced the launch of HMD Global. From the outset we have stated that we intend to move with speed to establish a position as a player in the smartphone category and create products that truly meet consumer needs. The Nokia 6 is a result of listening to our consumers who desire a beautifully crafted handset with exceptional durability, entertainment and display features.

Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high quality Nokia 6; built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers. We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year.”

Nestor Xu, Vice President Greater China, HMD Global said: “China is the largest and most competitive smartphone market in the world. It is no coincidence that we have chosen to bring our first Android device to China with a long-term partner. JD.com is known for its upwardly mobile customer base and it has for many years believed in the Nokia brand and sold millions of our products to Chinese customers. Launching our first smartphone device, in such a strategically important market, with JD.com a trusted online retailer marks a signal of intent.”

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global said: “We have set ourselves a mission to deliver the best possible smartphone experience, with a beautiful premium design touch, to everyone, at every price point. By building on true Nokia phone hallmarks of leading design and materials, an obsessive focus on the latest technology and solving real-life issues, we believe we have a unique proposition for consumers. The Nokia 6 marks the first step on our journey, with more to come in 2017.”

Shengli Hu, President of 3C Business Unit, JD.com, said: “The Nokia 6 marks a new milestone for the iconic brand, and JD.com is proud to work with HMD on this exclusive launch in China. Our 200 million active consumers come to JD.com to shop for guaranteed high-quality products from the world’s leading brands, and we are proud to provide a trusted outlet for them to reconnect with Nokia phones.”

Nokia 6 will debut exclusively through JD.com in early 2017 in China. Competitively priced for the aspirational smartphone user, the Nokia 6 is 1699 CNY at JD.com.

Source: HMD

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  • rustyknight17

    So when will Nokia Android smartphones be available for the rest of us ?

  • AlOnE_Mobile

    1699 CNY?
    I thought the currency unit for China’s note is RMB (Ren Min Bi)

    CNY stands for Chinese New Year lol

  • flotron
    • LoveNokia

      iPhone 6 LOL 😛

    • LoveNokia

      After looking at this UI I think we might see a swipe based UI on these phones. Swipe up from bottom of the screen to open app drawer.

    • Hemedans

      all china released phone are like that, even from big name OEMs

    • zlutor

      I’m big fan of buttonless design…

    • Same on Google Pixel. Swipe from bottom takes you to the all apps screen.

  • Ashutosh kaushal

    does any1 know the complete config ? any mention of fingerprint sensor ?

    • Jakub

      Yes, fingerprints sensor doubles up as physical button

  • Gaurang Patkar

    Nokia will certainly have even more better handset for global launch. But i dont see the z launcher.

    • LoveNokia

      It’s better that they didn’t use z launcher lol

  • Allen

    In case anyone want to read up on the processor of the NOKIA X6

    https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/430

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      Thanks…
      Very informative.

  • £200 for this phone is soo cheap! Lets hope whatever they bring out to the UK is even better with a equally low price!

  • MuhsSalah

    The design is nowhere as bad as the first prototypes showed. A lot of hints from past Nokias, specially the windows phone 8 powered lumias. The back is so Nokia Lumia 620. The front till the lower bottom is reminiscent of the Lumia 920; the curved glass, the left top “Nokia” and even the ear piece. The lower bottom is still samsungish, they need to do away with it. On the whole, they are in the right direction.
    I really think that the first generation windows phone 8 powered Lumias (620,720,820,920 and 925) are among the best designed candybar touchscreen phones (whether you like windows phone or not, that’s another issue), alot of design inspiration can be brought from them. At the end of the day, they were designed when the Nokia company was still more or less intact. I see that the design team agrees with this and I hope that they take this approach further.
    BTW, there are hints in the software from past Nokias as well. The round icons, the folder icon and the camera UI in the promo images and video take alot from the Nokia/Symbian belle UI. The camera shutter sound sounds the same as the Nokia/Lumia Camera app and the Nokia belle camera app shutter sounds as well.
    Not bad at all for a first attempt.

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      The more they make Android resemble symbian Belle FP2, the better!

      Hopefully Nokia baked in a bunch of themes into the settings part.

      Also, I hope pray and wish that this one individual phone sells so well that it eclipses all Lumia sales! For all the Nokia fans that spoke well about garbage rancid, junk Windows phone, I hope this phone breaks every record and shows that Nokia should have saved symbian for the low-end or feature phone (with access to the play store), and used Android from the beginning!

      I wish this one Nokia phone sells more than all junk garbage pathetic Lumia phones combined!

  • Noki

    The device looks prety good and the specks are not 2 bad memory and storage wise… And the price is super competitive, it has everything’s to be a success… Welcome back Nokia, we missed you…

    • God of chaos

      The processor is not so great, but with 4 gigs of ram it probably won’t have to reload apps that much, as they will be held in memory longer.

  • zlutor

    I thinkit is for Chinese New Year, for ‘showing the flag’…

    I guess there are models to come later in many segment, with global delivery…

  • Hacklove666

    245.57 $

  • Joe_HTH

    Another generic Android phone. This thing will get lost in the sea of Android phones. There’s nothing special about it.

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    It’s stylish but too reserved. It’s a mash up of the iPhone 5s with the size of an iPhone 7, the back of some garbage pathetic junk Lumia, and the front of some Samsung wannabe Chinese phone.

    I think I’ll buy one (as long as it takes micro sim cards, not nano sim cards), and has a phenomenal battery.

    From what I see, it’s as though it is thick enough for a 3300 mAh battery. It would make sense since it has quick charge 3.0 capability…

    • EricLovesSymbian

      EricLovesSymbian says:

      I meant to write iPhone 7 plus

  • Ameen

    ‘London Fireworks 2016 /2017 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks’ captured using
    my Nokia Lumia 1020 standing on Westminster bridge.Nothing better than
    Nokia…Welcome back Nokia.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItOlsLHbTmE