Nokia 6 (2018) listed on TENAA, Snapdragon 630 a possibility
The Nokia 6 (2018) has been in the headlines of recent. The device, like its predecessor, is billed to be one of the first smartphones of the new year, alongside the flagship Nokia 9. The mid-ranger made the trip to TENAA a week ago but the listing only showed poor renders of the device. A listing with complete specifications has finally shown up, and it makes for rather interesting viewing.
The Nokia 6 was plagued with a few flaws: an underperforming camera and a weak Snapdragon 435 that couldn't handle the device's FHD display, in particular, being the standout issues. Most of that can be forgiven, though, as the device was HMD's first offering. Its successor, the Nokia 6 (2018), will make amends on some of those, with the processor on the TENAA catching our attention.
The device will keep most of its predecessor's features. It still sports a regular 16:9 FHD display, with a 3000 mAh battery. It gets a RAM boost to 4 GB, though, and will come in two variants; one with 32 GB of storage and the other with 64 GB. It also maintains the 16 MP + 8 MP camera lineup on the first-gen device.
The processor is where it gets interesting. The listing shows an octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and the other four at 1.9 GHz. The first set of cores tell us a lot about what SoC the Nokia 6 (2018) will carry, as there aren't a lot of octa-core Snapdragon SoCs that reach the 2.2 GHz frequency. The list is a short one, in fact, as only the Snapdragon 626, 630, and 660 fit that profile.
The Snapdragon 660 has no place on a mid-range device, as it's been used mainly on sub-flagships. The Snapdragon 626 would be a good fit but it's over two years old and, much like the 625, looks to be on its way out. It was also never a popular processor. The Snapdragon 630, on the hand, looks perfect, as it's still a relatively new SoC, and the upcoming release of the Snapdragon 640 could drop prices down further. Of course, there's a caveat to that. The Nokia 7, yet to be launched globally, also runs on a Snapdragon 630. The Nokia 7 should cost about US$150 more than the Nokia 6 (2018), so we're not sure HMD would want to use the same SoC on both of them.
Only time will tell.