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Nokia 6 (2018) is official: coming with OZO Audio and "Bothie" photo mode for $230

The new handset will go on sale in China on January 10, but wider availability details aren't yet known.

Published onJanuary 5, 2018

Update (05/01): Following yesterday's substantial leak, the Nokia 6 (2018) has now been announced. The device will be officially known as the Nokia 6 (second-generation) and, as was hinted at yesterday, it will feature most of the same specs as the previous handset and arrive with the 13-month-old Android Nougat OS.

The biggest changes to this edition of the Nokia 6 are the inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip (the previous model had a Snapdragon 430), OZO Audio recording technology, and a "Bothie" photo mode — more on which you can learn about below. Additionally,  the Nokia 6 (2018) will indeed come with a USB Type-C port. Earlier leaks pointed toward a microUSB port, so we're pleasantly surprised to see a Type-C port here.

The handset is available for pre-booking from today in China in 32 GB and 64 GB configurations for $230 and $245 respectively and will be released on January 10. We don't have any further information on a wider release yet, but we'll hopefully learn more at CES 2018 next week. Find out everything else you need to know about the device in the original coverage.

Just a day before its official launch, the Nokia 6 (2018) has leaked in full. Chinese retailer Suning (via GSMArena) posted a listing for the device early, and let us in on what we can expect tomorrow, January 5.

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The device will come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a classic 16:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it’ll include an octa-core Snapdragon 630 processor, an Adreno 508 GPU, and 4 GB of RAM. The device will also house either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card by another 128 GB.

As for the cameras, it will include a 16 MP f/2.0 main shooter on the rear of the device, while up front we will see an 8 MP f/2.0 sensor. This is the same camera setup as on the 2017 Nokia 6, however, this time the device will come with Nokia’s Bothie feature.

A Bothie is a picture or video that is captured out of both the front and the rear cameras and placed side-by-side. To beef up its video capabilities, Nokia is also including OZO Audio recording on the 2nd gen Nokia 6. According to Nokia, OZO Audio is, “an advanced spatial audio technology with 3D capture and playback capabilities.”

Just under the rear camera will sit a fingerprint scanner. This is a change from the original Nokia 6 which had its scanner on the front of the device. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Nokia shrunk the scanner-less front bezel, it just simply moved the scanner to the rear.

Two areas of potential disappointment we see are the charging port and OS version. The 3,000 mAh battery will be recharged via a microUSB port on the bottom of the phone. Even cheaper devices in the last year have moved to USB Type-C ports, so we could understand some fans being disappointed to still see a microUSB port here.

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Additionally, the Nokia 6 (2018) looks will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Nokia is pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to some of its other devices and says it’ll update this device “soon”. Still, it’s a bit disappointing that the device will ship with an OS that came out 13 months ago.

As for the dimensions, the phone measures 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15 mm and will weigh in at 172 g.

Nokia 6 (2018) price and release date

The handset will come in either black with gold accents or white with red accents, and costs roughly CNY 1,499 (~$230) for the base model. Moving up to the 64 GB version will bump the price up to CNY1,699 (~$260).

Last year, the Nokia 6 was announced in January but didn’t make its way to the U.S. until July. Nokia will release the Nokia 6 (2018) exclusively in China to begin with, on January 10, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled as a global variant may be on the way too.

What are your thoughts on the Nokia 6 (2018)? Let us know in the comments.