“Here’s our first impressions of Nokia’s latest mid-range offering, the X6”

It’s been a little over a year since Nokia got back into the smartphone business and the company has racked up quite a few devices under its name in that short period. Recently, the brand added another smartphone to its portfolio in the form of the Nokia X6, which was announced a little while back in China. The mid-ranger is the first smartphone from the company’s stable to ship with a notch on the front, and a display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. I got a chance to play with the device briefly at MWC Shanghai, and here are my first impressions of the same.

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Let’s start things off with a fun little fact. The Nokia X6 is feather light and tips the scales at just 153g. Despite being tethered to a table, I was surprised that the X6 weighed next to nothing in my hands and I was able to pick it up effortlessly. Once unplugged from the dock at the booth, the Nokia X6 felt compact in my hands, which is quite impressive considering the smartphone has a massive 5.8-inch display on the front. Suffice it to say, the Nokia X6 is a godsend for those who prefer to use their phones with a single hand.

In terms of design, the X6 is befittingly a Nokia smartphone in the sense that it feels durable despite making use of glass on both the sides. While I cannot comment on the durability of the smartphone just yet, I can confidently say that the X6 is a stunner, especially in the shiny black colourway I got my hands on. Moving on, for ports and buttons, the X6 comes with a USB Type-C port at the bottom which is accompanied by a speaker grill on the right side. The volume rocker, as well as the power button, take up space on the smartphone’s right spine while the dual-SIM tray is positioned on the left-hand side.

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You’ll also get a fingerprint sensor located at the back of the smartphone. Unfortunately, I couldn’t put the sensor through its paces at the event so you’ll have to wait for our full review of the smartphone to get a gauge on its accuracy and speed.

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The display on the Nokia X6 measures 5.8-inches diagonally and encompasses a little over 80 percent of the smartphone’s front fascia. The panel bears a resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels and is plenty bright and has excellent viewing angles too.

As far as the specs of the smartphone are concerned, the Nokia X6 is backed by a Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz which works alongside the Adreno 509 GPU. For RAM and storage, the demo unit I played with came with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in, user-expandable storage. However, you can also get the smartphone in lower RAM and storage combinations.

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My initial impressions of the X6’s performance are extremely positive. The smartphone zips through apps and doesn’t stutter whilst multitasking either. Navigating through the stock Android UI is quite smooth too, and all in all, the Nokia X6 should be able to handle everything you have to throw at it with ease.

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For optics, the Nokia X6 comes with a dual-camera setup at the back, comprising a pair of 12MP and 5MP sensors which are assisted by PDAF and a dual-tone LED flash module. For selfies, users will be looking into a 16MP shooter. The camera app on the Nokia X6 comes bundled with a bunch of different shooting modes, including a live bokeh feature, a pro mode as well as a beauty mode. Some of the features within the camera app are reportedly assisted by AI, such as dynamic stickers which map a user’s face with the help of AI and trace their expressions. We’ll have more information on the smartphone’s camera prowess once our full review is out so stay tuned for that.

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In terms of software, the Nokia X6 boots a near-stock version of Android Oreo v8.1. Unlike the company’s other Android One offerings, the software onboard the Nokia X6 does ship with some additional features, including gestures and a smart ‘floating bubble’ which predicts a user’s next move and automatically maps a function corresponding to that inside the smart bubble. Lastly, in the battery department, the Nokia X6 is fuelled by a 3,060mAh battery. For more information on the smartphone, and updates from MWC Shanghai, stay tuned to our blog.