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Nokia 6 Smartphone Review

Manuel Masiero, Tanja Hinum (translated by Mark Riege), 08/26/2017

News from Finland. With the Nokia 6, Nokia sends its current smartphone top model into the race. The 5.5-inch Android smartphone is better equipped than its entry-level colleagues, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, and therefore it runs in the mid-range. Our test shows how it fares there.

For the original German review, see here.

All good things come in threes: After the Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5, the Finnish manufacturer now introduced the Nokia 6. While the first two smartphones were more positioned in the entry-level market, the Nokia 6 top model seeks to score in the highly competitive mid-range segment. For that, the manufacturer uses the same SoC that already runs in the Nokia 5, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC. 

However, in the Nokia 6 the SoC has a little more work to do, since instead of an HD display in the 5.0-inch or 5.2-inch format as used by the other smartphones, our test candidate uses a 5.5-inch Full HD display. To make up for this, Nokia offers a little more RAM – 3 instead of 2 GB as in the Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5 – and combines this with larger internal storage (32 GB) and a higher-resolution main camera (16 MP). The Nokia 6 is also operated by a "pure" Android 7.1.1. To a large extent, it manages without software additions and is almost identical to stock Android. (The Nokia 6 starts from $230 in the US.)

How well can the Nokia 6 stand up against the current mid-range smartphones? To find out, we test it against the Huawei P8 Lite (2017), the Lenovo Moto G5, the LG K10 (2017), the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), and the Wiko U Feel Prime. Since the same SoC is used in the Nokia 5, it also joins our comparison.

Nokia 6 (6 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, Full HD, capacitive, IPS, 2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, improved readability in direct sunlight, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 21.95 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 audio port, Card Reader: microSD cards up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor (G-sensor), light sensor, e-compass, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM quadband (850, 900, 1.800, 1.900 MHz), UMTS quadband (850, 900, 1.900, 2.100 MHz), LTE Cat.4 (band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40), downloads up to 150 MBit/s, uploads up to 50 MBit/s, dual SIM (Nano-SIM), Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 154 x 75.8 ( = 0.33 x 6.06 x 2.98 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix PDAF, 1,0 µm, f/2, dual-tone flash
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix AF, 1,12 µm, f/2, 84-degree viewing area
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, USB cable, modular charger, earphones, instructions, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds), Power Supply: 30 g ( = 1.06 oz / 0.07 pounds)
Price
300 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Nokia 6 has a metal case, which according to the manufacturer is cut from a single aluminum block in a process taking 55 minutes. As in the Nokia 5, the front and back with their rounded edges and corners are joined together without a gap, creating a very sturdy construction which in our test can neither be bent nor be pushed in. All this gives the user an impression of holding a high-quality smartphone in their hands.

In the Nokia 6, the glass front made of Corning Gorilla Glass is surrounded by an additional shiny connecting seam, which increases the impression of quality. Aside from that and the larger form factor, the Nokia 6 is almost identical outside to the Nokia 5. The Android keys together with the fingerprint sensor placed in the Home button as well as the webcam above the display are underneath the glass cover. The sturdy physical keys (power key and volume rocker) are located on the right side, and the main camera together with its dual-LED flash sticks out from the back cover by a few millimeters.

The resolution of the Nokia's main camera module is 16 MP (compared to the 13 MP of the Nokia 5) and also does not take quite as much space on the back as in the Nokia 5. However, it sticks out from the case a tiny bit more, so that the smartphone tilts to the side easier if you touch the display when it is lying on the table. The Nokia 5 also had this effect, but we were hardly bothered by it there. But since it is wider, our test candidate now offers more target area and wobbles easier. During single finger inputs this is not a problem, but if you need to type in a URL or longer text, this wobble effect can quickly become annoying.

Nokia offers its 5.5-inch smartphone in five colors. You can choose among a matte black as in our test unit, or silver/white, a tempered blue, matte copper, or shiny black as a limited edition.

Size Comparison

154 mm / 6.06 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs149.7 mm / 5.89 inch 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch 8.05 mm / 0.3169 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs148.7 mm / 5.85 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 7.99 mm / 0.3146 inch 138 g0.3042 lbs147.2 mm / 5.8 inch 72.9 mm / 2.87 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 147 g0.3241 lbs146.1 mm / 5.75 inch 71.4 mm / 2.81 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 159 g0.3505 lbs144.3 mm / 5.68 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 144.5 g0.3186 lbs142.5 mm / 5.61 inch 69.9 mm / 2.75 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs

Features

With 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage (almost 22 GB of which is unused), the Nokia 6 brings solid features. In addition, it accepts microSD cards up to 128 GB, which can either be formatted as external or internal storage and in the latter case also allow moving apps and app data to the storage card. However, if you use a microSD card, you also lose the second SIM slot, since it is shared by both.

Unfortunately, the USB port only has the Micro-USB rather than the more foolproof Type-C format and only supports USB-2.0 speeds. On the other hand, the Nokia 6 allows the connection of external storage media and peripheral devices via USB-OTG.

Left: hybrid dual-SIM/microSD slot
Left: hybrid dual-SIM/microSD slot
Right: power key, volume rocker
Right: power key, volume rocker
Top: 3.5-mm headphone port
Top: 3.5-mm headphone port
Bottom: microphone, Micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker
Bottom: microphone, Micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker

Software

Android 7.1.1 runs on the Nokia 6. The manufacturer left the OS in its original state aside from minimal software additions such as a support app. Forgoing unnecessary extras is supposed to assure the continuous supply with security updates. Indeed, the Nokia 6 was well protected at the time of testing, since at the level of July 1, 2017, the Android security patches were very current.

Communication and GPS

Besides GSM quad-band and UMTS quad-band, the Nokia 6 also supports LTE Cat.4 (band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40), allowing for downloads at up to 150 MBit/s and uploads at up to 50 MBit/s. Even though with this network coverage, the smartphone is not quite a world traveler that can link to the mobile net in any place in the world, its communication talents are easily sufficient for use in European countries.

The Nokia 6 masters NFC and Bluetooth 4.1 and communicates in WLAN via 802.11 a/b/g/n, so it can also use the 5-GHz band. In the test, using the Linksys EA8500 reference router, the smartphone transfers data at up to 117 MBit/s, which is practically just as good as the Nokia 5. However, it is possible to do even better: Among our comparison devices, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), which is almost twice as fast at 214 MBit/s, demonstrates how fast data can be transferred in the 5-GHz WLAN.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
Mali-T830 MP3, 7880, 32 GB eMMC Flash
214 MBit/s ∼100% +83%
Nokia 5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
122 MBit/s ∼57% +4%
Lenovo Moto G5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
121 MBit/s ∼57% +3%
Nokia 6
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
117 MBit/s ∼55%
Wiko U Feel Prime
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
55.4 MBit/s ∼26% -53%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655, 16 GB eMMC Flash
54.5 MBit/s ∼25% -53%
LG K10 2017
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
46.2 MBit/s ∼22% -61%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
Mali-T830 MP3, 7880, 32 GB eMMC Flash
167 MBit/s ∼100% +48%
Nokia 6
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
113 MBit/s ∼68%
Nokia 5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
112 MBit/s ∼67% -1%
Lenovo Moto G5
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
110 MBit/s ∼66% -3%
LG K10 2017
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
54.6 MBit/s ∼33% -52%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655, 16 GB eMMC Flash
53.9 MBit/s ∼32% -52%
Wiko U Feel Prime
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53.2 MBit/s ∼32% -53%
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception indoors

The Nokia 7 locates our current position via GPS, and it succeeds indoors just as quickly as outdoors in the test. At 6 and 5 meters, the accuracy was quite high.

Our practice test confirms that the smartphone does its job assiduously. On our about 6.5-kilometer bicycle route, the Nokia 6 practically leads us just as reliably across roads, bridges, and through the woods as the professional Garmin Edge 500 navigation device. Over the whole route there was a discrepancy of barely 300 meters, which should not be of much consequence during everyday app use.

Nokia 6: overall route
Nokia 6: overall route
Nokia 6: forest
Nokia 6: forest
Nokia 6: bridge
Nokia 6: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: overall route
Garmin Edge 500: forest
Garmin Edge 500: forest
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: bridge

Telephone and Call Quality

The Phone app on the Nokia 6 is identical to the standard Android app and thus offers all the functions that Android users are used to. In our test calls to landlines and mobile phones, the smartphone makes a good impression. The voices of our conversation partners sound clear and loud, while on the other hand sometimes our own voices sound slightly muffled to our conversation partners. The same effect happens when we activate hands-free operation.

Cameras

HDR recording with the main camera
HDR recording with the main camera

Nokia has equipped the 6 with a 16-megapixel camera, which works with an aperture of f/2.0 and besides a phase-comparison autofocus, also brings a dual-LED flash for taking pictures in the dark. With full resolution, the images are 3456x4608 pixels (4:3-format) and in the 16:9 format still 2592x4608 pixels (12 MP).

Although pictures taken with the Nokia 6 have vibrant colors, they neither appear comically exaggerated nor unnatural. This fits well with the sharpness, which works fast and by emphasizing the image structures, makes the overall image appear very lively. However, we miss the final precision in the main camera, since image details in areas with homogeneous colors in particular appear slightly blurry when looking closely.

But overall, the Nokia 6 takes good pictures which should not only satisfy the occasional photographer. This also goes for videos, which the smartphone can record in 1080p and at 30 images per second. The 8-megapixel webcam supports the same recording parameters and offers a solid image quality for selfies and video chats.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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In addition to the regular test photos, we also evaluate the color accuracy and sharpness under controlled test conditions. We record images in automatic mode without any post-processing or white balance adjustment.

We check the color accuracy with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. Result: too bright and intense. While the Nokia consistently misses the target color, it breathes some life into the pictures with its exaggerated color representation. There is nothing to complain about in the image sharpness which remains very high in the test chart even up to the corners.

ColorChecker Passport: the target color is shown in the bottom half of each field
ColorChecker Passport: the target color is shown in the bottom half of each field
Test chart detail
Test chart detail
Test chart (click for original)
Test chart (click for original)

Accessories and Warranty

Nokia includes a modular charger (5V, 2A), a Micro-USB cable, a set of earphones, a tool to open the SIM drawer, and brief instructions with its smartphone. On its website, the manufacturer also offers a transparent case and a ruggedized case and a sport headset as accessories. At the time of testing, prices or more information on these products were not available.

There is 24 months warranty on the Nokia 6, which also extends to the battery, since it is non-removable. There is only 6 months warranty on the Micro-USB cable, the modular charger, and the earphones. Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices and Operation

The Nokia reacts to inputs quickly, whether they come from the 10-point touchscreen or the two sturdy physical keys. The IPS display reacts to commands from any place with the same sensitivity, and the power button and the volume rocker provide good feedback with their clearly defined pressure points. The operation with the fingerprint sensor, which sits in the Home button and is very reliable, works similarly without any problems. However, from time to time there are small delays, for example when switching between many apps open at the same time or when loading the Android start screen for the first time. Overall this is not really much of an impediment, and there is nothing in the way of smooth operation.

The Nokia 6 uses the standard GBoard Android keyboard. You can install alternative keyboards anytime through the Play Store.

Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape

Display

Subpixels
Subpixels

The 5.5-inch IPS display of the Nokia 6 has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, reaching a high pixel density of 401 PPI, which is a clear increase compared to the Nokia 5 with its 282 PPI. But even a pixel density that much lower still makes it hard to detect single pixels without a magnifier. Therefore we are justified to speak about a razor-sharp display in the Nokia 6.

At 501.4 cd/m² with a white background, the Nokia 6 is not quite as bright on average as the Nokia 5, but it more than makes up for this with a very even brightness distribution (94%) and very good results for the black value (0.36 cd/m²) and the contrast ratio (1422:1). With an even and at the same time more realistic distribution of bright and dark image areas (APL50), the brightness of 505 cd/m² is even a tiny bit higher. It is very practical that the Nokia 5, which has a maximum brightness of 512 cd/m², also has a brightness sensor and can therefore automatically adapt the display brightness to the environment.

511
cd/m²
511
cd/m²
490
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
488
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
483
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 512 cd/m² Average: 501.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.07 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 512 cd/m²
Contrast: 1422:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 7.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
99.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.28
Nokia 6
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Huawei P8 lite 2017
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Lenovo Moto G5
IPS, 1920x1080, 5
LG K10 2017
IPS, 1280x720, 5.3
Nokia 5
IPS, 1280x720, 5.2
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.2
Wiko U Feel Prime
IPS, 1920x1080, 5
Screen
5%
27%
-12%
2%
40%
6%
Brightness middle
512
575
12%
660
29%
384
-25%
630
23%
539
5%
411
-20%
Brightness
501
559
12%
625
25%
350
-30%
635
27%
542
8%
386
-23%
Brightness Distribution
94
91
-3%
92
-2%
85
-10%
90
-4%
93
-1%
86
-9%
Black Level *
0.36
0.39
-8%
0.29
19%
0.36
-0%
0.57
-58%
0.36
-0%
Contrast
1422
1474
4%
2276
60%
1067
-25%
1105
-22%
1142
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.4
5.2
19%
4.9
23%
6
6%
5
22%
1.6
75%
4.3
33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.9
10.3
6%
7.6
30%
14
-28%
8.7
20%
2.6
76%
7.9
28%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.2
7.2
-0%
4.8
33%
5.9
18%
6.9
4%
1.5
79%
2.8
61%
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.4 92%
2.18 101%
2 110%
2.37 93%
2.28 96%
2.53 87%
CCT
7904 82%
7224 90%
7357 88%
8042 81%
8736 74%
6422 101%
6589 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9428 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40 ms).

Like the Nokia 5 before, the Nokia 6 is also unable to produce a balanced color display. Looking at it with the naked eye, there is actually nothing to complain about in the display, even if it always appears slightly cool. If you look closer at the IPS display with the spectral photometer and the CalMAN analysis software, this impression is confirmed by the measurements. At 7904 K, the color temperature is clearly above the ideal value, causing the blue tint of the display. With DeltaE values of 6.4 and 7.2, the color and grayscale displays are also not in the optimal range (DeltaE < 3).

Saturation
Saturation
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Color space
Color space
Grayscales
Grayscales

Due to its high brightness, the Nokia 6 can also be used outdoors without any problems, as long as you avoid direct sunlight on the display. The optional "Sunlight Mode," which is supposed to improve readability in exactly such a case, was very unremarkable in our test. We did not really notice any difference between the activated or deactivated Sunlight function. However, the high viewing-angle stability of the IPS displays clearly stands out. It always assures a good view of the content, whether you are using the smartphone outdoors or indoors.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, the Nokia 6 uses an SoC of the lower mid-range, with 8 cores that have a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. The Qualcomm Adreno 505 takes care of the graphics calculations. Even though the smartphone has 3 GB of RAM, sometimes it takes its time to switch between menus or open applications during the test. After powering it up, almost every time we also encountered the short notice that the Android start screen is loading. However, overall the SoC delivers sufficient power to assure smooth Android operation, although in the synthetic benchmarks, the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) are still a little faster.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
47066 Points ∼17%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
56798 Points ∼20% +21%
Lenovo Moto G5
44653 Points ∼16% -5%
LG K10 2017
39063 Points ∼14% -17%
Nokia 5
45274 Points ∼16% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
60603 Points ∼21% +29%
Wiko U Feel Prime
44420 Points ∼16% -6%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
3723 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Moto G5
3583 Points ∼30% -4%
LG K10 2017
3167 Points ∼26% -15%
Nokia 5
3807 Points ∼32% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
4060 Points ∼34% +9%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
4980 Points ∼25%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
4419 Points ∼23% -11%
Lenovo Moto G5
4730 Points ∼24% -5%
Nokia 5
5060 Points ∼26% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
5035 Points ∼26% +1%
Wiko U Feel Prime
3347 Points ∼17% -33%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Nokia 6
10 Points ∼0%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
10 Points ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto G5
686 Points ∼34% +6760%
LG K10 2017
1137 Points ∼56% +11270%
Nokia 5
671 Points ∼33% +6610%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
659 Points ∼32% +6490%
Wiko U Feel Prime
10 Points ∼0% 0%
Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 6
731 Points ∼3%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
826 Points ∼3% +13%
Lenovo Moto G5
722 Points ∼3% -1%
LG K10 2017
508 Points ∼2% -31%
Nokia 5
740 Points ∼3% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1528 Points ∼5% +109%
Wiko U Feel Prime
740 Points ∼3% +1%
Memory (sort by value)
Nokia 6
587 Points ∼8%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
1658 Points ∼22% +182%
Lenovo Moto G5
538 Points ∼7% -8%
LG K10 2017
623 Points ∼8% +6%
Nokia 5
788 Points ∼11% +34%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1508 Points ∼20% +157%
Wiko U Feel Prime
774 Points ∼10% +32%
System (sort by value)
Nokia 6
2135 Points ∼13%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
2694 Points ∼16% +26%
Lenovo Moto G5
1656 Points ∼10% -22%
LG K10 2017
1259 Points ∼8% -41%
Nokia 5
2154 Points ∼13% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
2593 Points ∼16% +21%
Wiko U Feel Prime
1281 Points ∼8% -40%
Overall (sort by value)
Nokia 6
307 Points ∼4%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
435 Points ∼5% +42%
Lenovo Moto G5
815 Points ∼10% +165%
LG K10 2017
821 Points ∼10% +167%
Nokia 5
958 Points ∼11% +212%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1408 Points ∼17% +359%
Wiko U Feel Prime
290 Points ∼3% -6%
Geekbench 4.3
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Moto G5
1731 Points ∼4%
LG K10 2017
1480 Points ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
3002 Points ∼7%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
2844 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Moto G5
2563 Points ∼6% -10%
LG K10 2017
2311 Points ∼5% -19%
Nokia 5
2849 Points ∼6% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
4104 Points ∼9% +44%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
667 Points ∼11%
Lenovo Moto G5
619 Points ∼10% -7%
LG K10 2017
593 Points ∼9% -11%
Nokia 5
671 Points ∼11% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
773 Points ∼12% +16%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 6
1225 Points ∼28%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
1532 Points ∼35% +25%
Lenovo Moto G5
1245 Points ∼29% +2%
LG K10 2017
1047 Points ∼24% -15%
Nokia 5
1227 Points ∼28% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1713 Points ∼40% +40%
Wiko U Feel Prime
1034 Points ∼24% -16%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 6
243 Points ∼4%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
321 Points ∼5% +32%
Lenovo Moto G5
243 Points ∼4% 0%
LG K10 2017
252 Points ∼4% +4%
Nokia 5
245 Points ∼4% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
710 Points ∼11% +192%
Wiko U Feel Prime
250 Points ∼4% +3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nokia 6
296 Points ∼5%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
389 Points ∼7% +31%
Lenovo Moto G5
296 Points ∼5% 0%
LG K10 2017
303 Points ∼5% +2%
Nokia 5
298 Points ∼5% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
816 Points ∼14% +176%
Wiko U Feel Prime
301 Points ∼5% +2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 6
1238 Points ∼28%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
1547 Points ∼35% +25%
Lenovo Moto G5
1243 Points ∼28% 0%
LG K10 2017
1105 Points ∼25% -11%
Nokia 5
1268 Points ∼28% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1752 Points ∼39% +42%
Wiko U Feel Prime
1118 Points ∼25% -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia 6
495 Points ∼5%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
516 Points ∼5% +4%
Lenovo Moto G5
496 Points ∼5% 0%
LG K10 2017
380 Points ∼4% -23%
Nokia 5
503 Points ∼5% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1053 Points ∼10% +113%
Wiko U Feel Prime
514 Points ∼5% +4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Nokia 6
571 Points ∼7%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
606 Points ∼8% +6%
Lenovo Moto G5
572 Points ∼7% 0%
LG K10 2017
445 Points ∼6% -22%
Nokia 5
581 Points ∼7% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
1155 Points ∼15% +102%
Wiko U Feel Prime
584 Points ∼7% +2%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia 6
8973 Points ∼10%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
13590 Points ∼16% +51%
Lenovo Moto G5
9089 Points ∼11% +1%
LG K10 2017
8223 Points ∼10% -8%
Nokia 5
9023 Points ∼10% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
13057 Points ∼15% +46%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
9605 Points ∼2%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
11147 Points ∼2% +16%
Lenovo Moto G5
9617 Points ∼2% 0%
LG K10 2017
7936 Points ∼1% -17%
Nokia 5
9684 Points ∼2% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
13314 Points ∼3% +39%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nokia 6
9457 Points ∼4%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
11611 Points ∼5% +23%
Lenovo Moto G5
9494 Points ∼4% 0%
LG K10 2017
7998 Points ∼3% -15%
Nokia 5
9529 Points ∼4% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
13256 Points ∼6% +40%
Wiko U Feel Prime
9548 Points ∼4% +1%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼0%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
18 fps ∼0% +13%
Lenovo Moto G5
16 fps ∼0% 0%
LG K10 2017
13 fps ∼0% -19%
Nokia 5
17 fps ∼0% +6%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
34 fps ∼0% +113%
Wiko U Feel Prime
17 fps ∼0% +6%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼0%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
19 fps ∼1% +19%
Lenovo Moto G5
14 fps ∼0% -12%
LG K10 2017
22 fps ∼1% +38%
Nokia 5
27 fps ∼1% +69%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
33 fps ∼1% +106%
Wiko U Feel Prime
16 fps ∼0% 0%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Nokia 6
7.1 fps ∼1%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
7.9 fps ∼1% +11%
Lenovo Moto G5
7.1 fps ∼1% 0%
LG K10 2017
5.3 fps ∼1% -25%
Nokia 5
7.2 fps ∼1% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
15 fps ∼3% +111%
Wiko U Feel Prime
7.1 fps ∼1% 0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Nokia 6
7 fps ∼2%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
8.5 fps ∼2% +21%
Lenovo Moto G5
7.4 fps ∼2% +6%
LG K10 2017
11 fps ∼3% +57%
Nokia 5
14 fps ∼4% +100%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
15 fps ∼4% +114%
Wiko U Feel Prime
7.5 fps ∼2% +7%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 6
4.6 fps ∼0%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
4.6 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Moto G5
4.6 fps ∼0% 0%
LG K10 2017
3.5 fps ∼0% -24%
Nokia 5
4.6 fps ∼0% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
9.1 fps ∼0% +98%
Wiko U Feel Prime
4.4 fps ∼0% -4%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 6
4.5 fps ∼0%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
5 fps ∼0% +11%
Lenovo Moto G5
5 fps ∼0% +11%
LG K10 2017
8.6 fps ∼0% +91%
Nokia 5
10 fps ∼0% +122%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
9 fps ∼0% +100%
Wiko U Feel Prime
4.8 fps ∼0% +7%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 6
2.5 fps ∼1%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
2.8 fps ∼1% +12%
Lenovo Moto G5
2.5 fps ∼1% 0%
LG K10 2017
1.9 fps ∼0% -24%
Nokia 5
2.5 fps ∼1% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
5.2 fps ∼1% +108%
Wiko U Feel Prime
2.5 fps ∼1% 0%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia 6
2.5 fps ∼1%
Huawei P8 lite 2017
3 fps ∼2% +20%
Lenovo Moto G5
2.7 fps ∼2% +8%
LG K10 2017
4.3 fps ∼3% +72%
Nokia 5
5.2 fps ∼3% +108%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
5.2 fps ∼3% +108%
Wiko U Feel Prime
2.7 fps ∼2% +8%

Legend

 
Nokia 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei P8 lite 2017 HiSilicon Kirin 655, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto G5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG K10 2017 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Samsung Exynos 7880, ARM Mali-T830 MP3, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Wiko U Feel Prime Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Surfing on the web does not present any larger challenges for the Nokia 6, since on the surface everything runs without any trouble. Web content is loaded quickly and we hardly, if at all, noticed any delays when loading sites or tapping any navigation elements. The Nokia 6 hits its limits only in demanding HTML5 pages. Such a case is, for example, the Let’s Play Ouigo pinball game (letsplay.ouigo.com), which only runs as a slideshow on the screen.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (Samsung Browser (Chrome 44))
32.222 Points ∼100% +84%
Huawei P8 lite 2017 (Chrome 55)
29.499 Points ∼92% +68%
Nokia 5 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
21.48 Points ∼67% +22%
Wiko U Feel Prime (Chrome 55)
21.4 Points ∼66% +22%
LG K10 2017 (Chrome 57)
20.838 Points ∼65% +19%
Lenovo Moto G5 (Chrome 57)
20.36 Points ∼63% +16%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
17.558 Points ∼54%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (Samsung Browser (Chrome 44))
5256 Points ∼100% +81%
Huawei P8 lite 2017 (Chrome 55)
4630 Points ∼88% +60%
LG K10 2017 (Chrome 57)
3407 Points ∼65% +18%
Wiko U Feel Prime (Chrome 55)
3383 Points ∼64% +17%
Nokia 5 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
3138 Points ∼60% +8%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
2899 Points ∼55%
Lenovo Moto G5 (Chrome 57)
2604 Points ∼50% -10%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
12062.3 ms * ∼100%
LG K10 2017 (Chrome 57)
11708.2 ms * ∼97% +3%
Lenovo Moto G5 (Chrome 57)
11358 ms * ∼94% +6%
Wiko U Feel Prime (Chrome 55)
10826 ms * ∼90% +10%
Nokia 5 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
10396 ms * ∼86% +14%
Huawei P8 lite 2017 (Chrome 55)
8768.2 ms * ∼73% +27%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (Samsung Browser (Chrome 44))
6442.4 ms * ∼53% +47%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (Samsung Browser (Chrome 44))
89 Points ∼100% +48%
Huawei P8 lite 2017 (Chrome 55)
62 Points ∼70% +3%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
60 Points ∼67%
Lenovo Moto G5 (Chrome 57)
57 Points ∼64% -5%
Nokia 5 (Chrome 56.0.2924.87)
57 Points ∼64% -5%
LG K10 2017 (Chrome 57)
34 Points ∼38% -43%

* ... smaller is better

During reading and writing, the Nokia 6 does well. Access to the internal storage is just as fast as in the competition and fulfills its duty, which is the fast loading of apps and app data. The read and write performance of the microSD card also fits into this picture. Even though the smartphone does not reach the bandwidth of our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card by far (UHS-II, Class 3, writing up to 270 MB/s, reading up to 150 MB/s), it is the fastest device in our comparison with up to 84.6 MB/s.

Nokia 6Huawei P8 lite 2017Lenovo Moto G5LG K10 2017Nokia 5Samsung Galaxy A5 2017Wiko U Feel Prime
AndroBench 3-5
-30%
31%
-14%
-1%
-12%
6%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
56.6
32.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-43%
57.98 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
2%
61.63 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
9%
62
10%
55.98 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-1%
35.21 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-38%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.6
53.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-37%
78.51 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-7%
77.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-9%
83.9
-1%
73.71 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-13%
41.98 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-50%
Random Write 4KB
11.34
8
-29%
37.9
234%
10.8
-5%
8.39
-26%
12.13
7%
9.4
-17%
Random Read 4KB
33.8
38.7
14%
37.6
11%
25.1
-26%
40.54
20%
22.41
-34%
55
63%
Sequential Write 256KB
77.06
42
-45%
45.6
-41%
43.6
-43%
74.86
-3%
77.1
0%
137.3
78%
Sequential Read 256KB
273.06
165.8
-39%
230.6
-16%
246.1
-10%
255.56
-6%
182.03
-33%
270.9
-1%

Games

To a large extent, the Nokia 6 displays current games smoothly and pleases with its precise position and movement sensor. However, during some games there are still some stutters. For example, in our test they happen in Asphalt 8: Airborne as soon as you select the maximum settings in the graphics details. Although the game, which is very demanding for the hardware, still runs halfway smooth at 24 FPS, in terms of gameplay it does not feel very satisfying anymore. There are no problems during our second test game, Dead Trigger 2, which is also quite demanding on the smartphone. The zombie shooter also plays butter-smooth at 50 FPS on maximum details.

With that, the Nokia 6 is slightly less suitable for games than the Nokia 5, even if almost all the games should run without any trouble. The 5.2-inch sibling model does better, because it uses a lower resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The same SoC has to work harder in the Nokia 6, since here it needs to display content in Full HD resolution.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high24 fps
 very low30 fps
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high50 fps

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

During our tests, the Nokia 6 warms up to 39.8 °C (104 °F) under load. If you include the values of the front and back, on average our test candidate levels out at a non-critical 36.6 °C (98 °F). This does not make it uncomfortable to hold the smartphone in the hands even for longer gaming sessions.

We test with the GFXBench battery test whether there might be some thermal abnormalities and in the worst case, if the SoC has to be throttled. But after 30 runs with the Manhattan-3.1 scenario of GFXBench we can reassure you: The frame rate remains consistently high during the whole stress test, so throttling does not occur.

Max. Load
 35.5 °C
96 F
35 °C
95 F
35.6 °C
96 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
35.3 °C
96 F
39.8 °C
104 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
35.6 °C
96 F
36 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 39.8 °C = 104 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
35.8 °C
96 F
37 °C
99 F
38.4 °C
101 F
36.3 °C
97 F
37 °C
99 F
37.2 °C
99 F
36.8 °C
98 F
37.7 °C
100 F
37.9 °C
100 F
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.9 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.8 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The mono speaker of the Nokia 6 is located at the bottom, to the right of the Micro-USB 2.0 port, at exactly the same spot as in the Nokia 5. The sound quality of the two smartphones is also very similar. Even though the speaker in the Nokia 5 has a slightly lower maximum volume - 78 compared to 83.6 dB(A) - it reproduces mids and highs just as linear. We can hardly detect any bass, if at all, even upon a closer listen. This is neither out-of-the-ordinary nor problematic for a typical smartphone speaker. All in all, the Nokia 6 delivers a decent-quality sound. If you use the included earphones, the sound sounds again much better. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.529.430.5253130313134.829.834.84037.93337.9503226.5326330.826.230.88033.630.933.610031.832.431.812538.232.638.216040.621.940.620050.421.250.425056.720.856.731561.619.261.640063.520.863.550067.421.667.463067.518.767.580067.217.967.2100065.417.665.4125063.817.263.816006416.464200069.516.769.5250069.116.469.1315066.516.166.5400064.515.964.5500064.81664.8630063.11663.180006216.1621000062.215.962.21250057.915.957.91600050.21650.2SPL7829.678N431.343median 63.5median 17.2median 63.5Delta6.42.66.429.131.129.129.330.129.329.929.929.938.634.438.628.234.628.226.829.326.828.632.228.630.234.130.238.836.938.843.923.843.951.521.551.555.620.955.65921.35961.419.761.463.520.163.563.918.563.967.519.367.570.417.870.471.217.471.272.916.472.972.816.472.872.416.672.475.416.175.474.816.174.870.716.170.768.11668.167.316.167.36616.16658.81658.849.21649.283.630.183.655.71.455.7median 66median 17.4median 668.73.78.73629.93642.228.342.238.229.238.231.730.331.731.229.731.227.925.827.931.823.531.827.72427.731.125.131.126.121.826.132.221.732.237.324.737.34524.14551.521.851.557.922.457.963.219.863.26518.56565.318.465.367.11967.168.717.268.768.316.168.369.51669.570.916.470.97515.87577.214.677.272.514.672.572.914.772.974.514.974.569.414.769.455.514.755.583.629.883.653.11.353.1median 65.3median 18.4median 65.312.93.212.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia 6Nokia 5Huawei P8 lite 2017
Nokia 6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Nokia 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 8% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 87% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei P8 lite 2017 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 80% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (checkboxes selectable!)

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Nokia 6 is not too economic with its power reserves. In the comparison, only the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) demands more power from the battery with a maximum of up to 6.3 watts. The Nokia 6 is not much better (5.85 watts) and thus remains behind the other five comparison devices. Those include the Nokia 5, which uses about 7% less power overall. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is the most efficient, using 22% less than the Nokia 6.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.17 / 0.21 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.63 / 1.75 / 1.87 Watt
Load midlight 3.56 / 5.85 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Nokia 6
3000 mAh
Huawei P8 lite 2017
3000 mAh
Lenovo Moto G5
2800 mAh
LG K10 2017
2800 mAh
Nokia 5
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
3000 mAh
Wiko U Feel Prime
3000 mAh
Power Consumption
-49%
-0%
8%
7%
22%
8%
Idle Minimum *
0.63
1.44
-129%
0.73
-16%
0.76
-21%
0.52
17%
0.64
-2%
0.66
-5%
Idle Average *
1.75
2.47
-41%
1.64
6%
1.59
9%
1.78
-2%
1.36
22%
1.66
5%
Idle Maximum *
1.87
2.58
-38%
1.68
10%
1.61
14%
1.96
-5%
1.4
25%
1.76
6%
Load Average *
3.56
4.55
-28%
3.46
3%
3.24
9%
3.23
9%
2.53
29%
2.85
20%
Load Maximum *
5.85
6.3
-8%
6.13
-5%
4.15
29%
4.88
17%
3.63
38%
5.01
14%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Despite a similar battery capacity (300 mAh), the Nokia 6 is not able to achieve the good runtimes of the Nokia 5. A great part of this should be the larger screen (5.5 instead of 5.2-inch), which displays content in Full HD instead of the lower HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels.

In the comparison, the Nokia 6 still does fairly well, since with a runtime of more than 11 hours in the WLAN surf test, it has enough power reserves to last through a whole day away from the outlet. It is about as untiring overall as the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) and the LG K10 (2017), which last only a tiny bit longer. As was already hinted in the power consumption, no other smartphone can reach even close to the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) in terms of the battery life. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
28h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 10min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 48min
Nokia 6
3000 mAh
Huawei P8 lite 2017
3000 mAh
Lenovo Moto G5
2800 mAh
LG K10 2017
2800 mAh
Nokia 5
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
3000 mAh
Wiko U Feel Prime
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
3%
-10%
3%
25%
64%
-20%
Reader / Idle
1695
1326
-22%
1243
-27%
1477
-13%
1772
5%
2418
43%
1254
-26%
H.264
542
644
19%
616
14%
613
13%
790
46%
984
82%
WiFi v1.3
670
604
-10%
561
-16%
532
-21%
713
6%
843
26%
575
-14%
Load
228
283
24%
207
-9%
298
31%
323
42%
467
105%

Pros

+ high-quality case
+ many LTE bands
+ dual-SIM slot
+ Android 7.1
+ fingerprint sensor
+ good 16-MP camera
+ bright Full HD display
+ long battery life
+ low heat development

Cons

- no USB Type-C connection
- USB-2.0 speed only
- display has a blue tint
- not all games run smoothly

Verdict

In the test: Nokia 6. Test unit provided by cyberport.
In the test: Nokia 6. Test unit provided by cyberport.

The most expensive model of Nokia's new smartphone trio distinguishes itself from the Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5 with its larger form factor and 5.5-inch Full HD display. The working memory and internal storage also received an upgrade, being more generous at 3 GB and 32 GB respectively. The advantages of the Nokia 6 also include many features that we already liked in the Nokia 5: many LTE bands, a dual-SIM slot, a fingerprint sensor, Android 7.1 almost in its original state, a long battery life, and great workmanship. With its 16-MP camera, the Nokia 6 takes slightly better pictures than the Nokia 5, but in the end the difference is rather small.

The Nokia 6 is a good smartphone but does not offer much additional value compared to the more affordable Nokia 5. There really is only one argument for its purchase: the larger and higher-resolution display.

"Marginally" is also the keyword in our list of complaints. If you disregard the display, the Nokia 6 cannot significantly differentiate itself from the more affordable Nokia 5. Since with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 the same SoC is inside, both smartphones have more or less the same speed. Although this is enough to swim with the mid-range, a faster processor would have done the Nokia 6 some good. In particular during gaming we would have liked that, since here the Snapdragon 430 has visibly more trouble to fill the Full HD display with content than in the Nokia 5. We also missed a USB Type-C connection. The example of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) shows that this is also possible in this price range.

Nokia 6 - 08/17/2017 v6
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 62%
Weight
91%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
19 / 63 → 30%
Application Performance
36 / 70 → 52%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
80%
Average
72%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Manuel Masiero, 2017-08-26 (Update: 2019-04- 5)