Nokia 6 (2018) is official and ships with a Snapdragon 630

On January 4, a Chinese retailer leaked the 2018 Nokia 6 in all of its glory – including specs, press shots, and more. Just a day later, Nokia has officially listed the handset on its website to confirm most of what we've already seen.

As we previously saw, the design of the Nokia 6 hasn't changed all that much from year to year. The phone's still made out of an aluminum unibody with rounded corners, but the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back in favor of slightly slimmer bezels. Also as a result of this, last year's capacitive navigation buttons are gone and replaced with on-screen ones.

The Nokia 6 (2018) might not look like a huge improvement over the 2017 version at first glance, but that's because the most important upgrade lies under the hood. Our biggest complaint with the last year's Nokia 6 was that it shipped with the underpowered Snapdragon 430, but this time around, there's a much more capable Snapdragon 630 that's paired with 4GB of RAM.

There's still a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 16MP rear camera, and 3,000 mAh battery, and while the Nokia 6 (2018) will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Nokia says that an update to Oreo is in the works. Also new is a USB Type-C port compared to the older microUSB we saw last year.

The 32GB Nokia 6 will cost CNY 1,499 and the 64GB model will be slightly more expensive at CNY 1,699 (€191 and €216, respectively). Pre-orders are set to begin on January 10 in China, and an expanded release to other markets (including the United States) will likely happen later in the year.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.