Nokia X6 is coming to India and that should make Xiaomi nervous
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has become the gold standard to beat among phones in the lower mid-range segment. But there's still a select group of people who would rather invest in a phone running stock Android than on Xiaomi phones that run its custom ROM aka MIUI. There's the Mi A1 but then again, it's been around for a while, it's not as powerful as the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and also it isn't readily available anymore. The Mi A2 will probably refresh things, but, that will happen when it will happen. For now, a new contender is about to make its entry into the Indian market, in the days to come. It's called the Nokia X6, and with everything that it has in store, Xiaomi should be nervous.
A support page for the Nokia X6 has gone live on the Nokia India website seemingly suggesting an imminent launch soon enough. Still, since HMD is yet to make things official, we should keep our fingers crossed. For the time being. But there's hope. For now, let's quickly jump into the Nokia X6 specs and all the other details, to find out how it would compete with competition.
It starts with the design. HMD, it seems, just got the memo, and it happily complied to the ongoing trend among Android smartphones. The Nokia X6 is another Android phone with a notch. I am not sure whether HMD would allow you to hide the notch through software, but I know, that it might just be the cheapest phone around to look like an iPhone X. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The iPhone X costs as much as 1 lakh Rupees. The Nokia X6 starts at a little over Rs 10,000. You can do the math. There would be buyers who would be turned off by the notch, but hey, with Google embracing it, it is about time they start accepting it as well.
I'll leave the discussion on the notch for a later date. For now, the Nokia X6, also has one more ace up its sleeve. It would be one of the cheapest phones around to rock an all-glass body. That glass, for your reference, is Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. It may not be as sturdy and durable as the all-metal Nokia 6.1 but then, it's better looking by miles. Also, it's not like it's going to magically break into two, unless you really want it to. The Nokia X6, therefore, serves a dual purpose: it looks good, and also it should hold its ground well.
The Nokia X6 is a modern phone with a 19:9 bezel-less screen that should entail in a screen-to-body ratio of an upwards of 85 per cent. It's a 5.8-inch phone with 1080+ screen.
The Nokia X6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor as opposed to the Nokia 6.1 that has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 inside. The Snapdragon 636 is notable for bringing Qualcomm's Kryo 260 CPU cores into the Snapdragon 63X range, bringing more raw CPU power into the mid-range segment. The Kryo 260 CPU inside the Snapdragon 636 can deliver roughly 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630, according to Qualcomm.
Additionally, the Snapdragon 636 also crams in a bumped up Adreno 509 GPU that gives it a 10 per cent performance boost over the Adreno 508 inside the Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm adds. Based on a 14nm finfet manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 636 is quite efficient too, unlike the 28nm-based Snapdragon 650: in addition to bringing a faster X12 LTE modem and support for LPDDR4 RAM among other improvements.
There are three RAM and ROM options too. There's 4GB RAM + 32/64 GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 64 GB ROM. All the versions support expandable storage. On the software front, the Nokia X6 runs Android 8.1 Oreo, and chances are that it may be launched as an Android One phone in India. The Nokia X6 is further backed by a 3,060mAh battery.
Elsewhere, ther Nokia X6 has a dual camera system on the rear. It comes with one 16-megapixel camera and another 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. On the front, the Nokia X6 has a 16-megapixel camera.
The Nokia X6 starts at CNY 1299 (approx Rs 13,800) for the 4G + 32GB variant, CNY 1499 (approx Rs 16,000) for the 4GB + 64GB model, and CNY 1699 (approx Rs 18,000) for the 6GB + 64GB version.
While I can come up and make as many assumptions as I can about the Nokia X6 and question as to why it even exists in the first place -- especially when HMD already has a tried and tested Nokia 6.1 in the market at around the same price point -- the thing is, I really like the Nokia X6 and everything that it brings to the table. At least on paper. And because it's a Nokia phone, I can confirm that it's going to be reliable: in build and all-round performance. I won't say the same about its cameras though. For that, I'll need to spend some time with the device in person. But, the Nokia X6 will be something to look forward to. When it arrives in India, the Nokia X6 will give some tough competition to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.