Nokia 6, priced in India at Rs. 14,999, is finally up for registrations via Amazon India, and the first sale is scheduled for August 23. The best-specced of the Nokia Android phones available internationally, the Nokia 6 provides the stock Android Nougat experience, has a big screen, metallic body, and elegant design. However, it is not the only great smartphone at this price point, since Samsung has released two new models - the Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Prime - with competitive hardware and software, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB + 64GB) continues its strong showing in the market. We take a look at how the Nokia 6 fares against the three rivals in terms of price and specifications.
Nokia 6, priced at Rs. 14,999, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.
The new Nokia Android phone comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.
The new Samsung Galaxy On Max, launched earlier this month at Rs. 17,990, is already selling at Rs. 16,900 online. The smartphone has Android 7.0 Nougat-based custom software, 5.7-inch full-HD screen, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and 3300mAh battery. One of its highlights is the 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, which delivers better photos in lowlight conditions; the 13-megapixel front camera has f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core 1.69GHz MediaTek MTK P25 Lite processor, and supports storage expansion up to 256GB.
Samsung Galaxy On Max's Home button has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and is used to make mobile payments using the Samsung Pay Mini standard. With this payment, users can make purchases via UPI and mobile wallet despite the absence of NFC.
The Xiaomi smartphone is currently available in India in three variants, 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. As the 4GB RAM variant is closest to Nokia 6 in terms of pricing, available at Rs. 12,999, we will be considering it for the comparison with new Nokia offering.
The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.
Moving to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. At Rs. 15,500, it is priced closer to the Nokia 6 compared to its sibling Galaxy On Max.
In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It houses a 3300mAh battery and measures 151.5x74.9x8.1mm.
Now that you know more about Nokia 6 and its competition, it is fairly clear that the competition offers some powerful specs in comparison to the smartphone. However, the real choice you will have to make is whether you are ready to compromise on specs offered on sheets for the nostalgia factor and the stock Android Nougat experience. We will learn more about Nokia 6 and its performance in the coming days, and let you know in our review if the smartphone is worth the wait or not.