Nokia 6 is a solid start for the new Android Nokia

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The Nokia 6 launched in China, breaking records for pre-orders and instantly putting HMD Global on the back foot. With demand outstripping supply, you could say the Nokia 6 got off to a solid start as a JD.com exclusive.

As guardians of the Nokia brand in Mobile phone parts , HMD faces a challenge: resurrecting one of mobile phone's icons, without becoming generic. It's perhaps ironic, then, that there's little about the Nokia 6 that makes it stand-out from other Android phones.

Nokia 6 preview: A solid start for the new Android Nokia

It's a pure Android experience, it follows many of the norms for smartphone design that we're seeing across the board and the specs don't elevate this smartphone to be anything special. Yet there's a certain je ne sais quoi about Nokia's new handset. Perhaps it's nostalgia, perhaps HMD has just got it right.

Nokia 6 preview: Design

Nokia's biggest selling point is build. When the Nokia 6 first launched, it was perhaps surprising that HMD put so much emphasis on the manufacturing process. This is the sort of language that Apple or HTCuses for its smartphones that cost more than double, but craftsmanship has become the new smartphone trend.

The Nokia 6 starts life as a solid block of aluminium. So serious is HMD about this process, that it was the first thing that we were handed when we sat down with Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD, and Florian Seiche, president of HMD, to meet the new phones. There's no stamping of sheet metal: this phone is machined from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, anodised and polished, as Sarvikas said, to "go beyond the specification."

The result is a phone that feels very solid. Metal phones aren't anything new and they are even plentiful in the mid-range from the likes ofHuawei. But the Nokia 6 doesn't feel like it is metal to tick a box on a spec sheet, it feels like it's been built to last. Durability is an important factor, it seems, in carrying Nokia smartphones to a new level.

The Nokia 6 is slim, but has a slightly curved back to help this 5.5-inch phone settle into your hand. The glass of the display flows into the edges for an almost seamless finish, but the exposed diamond cut chamfer that meets it is deliberately evident to again hammer home the message of solidity.

The Nokia 6 might not have the immediate sex appeal of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it's perhaps not as iconically designed as the iPhone 7, but there's huge value in that understated Nokia branding on the rear. Avoiding the plastics and the colours that typified the Lumia family, this new Nokia identity helps throw off the spectre of the Windows Phone past.

 

While the "tempered blue" colour will remind you of that old 3310 that you loved, the real story is about the Arte Black special edition (pictured here). This carries a glossy black finish, aping the iPhone 7's Jet Black. This special edition Mobile phone replacement Parts has a more lustworthy finish, even if it adds some €60 to the asking price. When the regular Nokia 6 costs just €229, that's a price we suspect many will be happy to pay.

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