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Nokia returns to smartphone business with midrange Nokia 6

Nokia is back! HMD Global, the Finnish firm’s new hardware partner, today announced the Nokia 6, the first smartphone to carry the Nokia name since Microsoft acquired the Lumia business. It’s an attractive, midrange device powered by Android that costs just $245.

“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,” said HMD chief product officer Juho Sarvakis.

“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 believes we have a unique proposition for consumers. The Nokia 6 marks the first step on our journey, with more to come in 2017.”

Packed into the Nokia 6’s pretty form factor is a 5.5-inch Full HD display that’s protected by 2.5D curved glass, a Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The device also has Dolby Atmos technology with dual amplifiers.

There’s a 16-megapixel camera on the back of the device with phase detection autofocus, and an 8-megapixel camera on the front — both of which have f/2.0 aperture lenses. There’s also a 3,000mAh battery, a microSD card slot, dual SIM slots, and a fingerprint scanner.

The Nokia 6 will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box when it goes on sale early this year (we don’t have a specific release date), but don’t reach for your wallet just yet. This particular handset will be exclusive to China, so if you want one, you’re going to need to import it.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...