If you’re a Nokia fan and were disappointed when Microsoft purchased the company’s smartphone division and close it a couple of years later, you may have gotten excited when the company came back from the dead and launched its first proper Android smartphone last year in the form of the Nokia 6. However, it’s not wrong to state that there could be better Android smartphones out there in the same price segment. Nokia neither has the the wide after-sales network it once had nor does it offer good specifications or features in its phones compared to brands like Honor and Xiaomi. Today, we’re comparing the Nokia 6 with two other phones in its price range: Honor 7X and Galaxy J7 Prime.
Nokia 6 vs. Honor 7X vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Price in India
The Nokia 6, which has 32GB storage, costs Rs. 14,999 in India, and it’s available through Amazon, Flipkart, and Tata CLiQ. The Honor 7X comes in 32GB and 64GB storage variants, and they cost Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 15,999, respectively. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is available in 16GB and 32GB storage variants, and they’re priced at Rs. 12,990 and Rs. 13,900, respectively, in India.
Nokia 6 vs. Honor 7X vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Screen
The Nokia 6 and the Galaxy J7 Prime feature 5.5-inch LCD screens with Full-HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels), while the Honor 7X uses a 5.93-inch IPS LCD screen with Full-HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels). All phones have their screens covered with Corning Gorilla Glass panels for protection against minor scratches and scuffs. The screen on the Honor 7X is the nicest of them all, thanks to good brightness levels, high contrast ratio, and minimal bezels.
Nokia 6 vs. Honor 7X vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Camera
The Nokia 6 features a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with phase-detection autofocus, ƒ/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, and 1080p video recording. The Galaxy J7 Prime uses a 13-megapixel camera with contrast-detection autofocus, ƒ/1.9 aperture, single-LED flash, and 1080p video recording. The Honor 7X uses a dual-camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The primary sensor is 1/2.9-inch in size, and has phase-detection autofocus lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture. It can also record Full-HD videos, similar to the two other phones.
When it comes to image quality, the camera on the Nokia 6 takes the cake, thanks to consistent focussing across an image’s frame, good amount of details, and good colour reproduction. The Galaxy J7 Prime’s camera does good job as well, but the details are slightly low in comparison, and there’s higher amount of noise when the ambient light gets low. The Honor 7X, even with its dual-camera setup, can’t compete with the Nokia 6. The video quality on the Nokia 6 is better as well. The Galaxy J7 Prime does a comparable job as well.
The front-facing 8MP camera on the Nokia 6 features autofocus, so the images are in focus no matter what the distance of the camera is from your face. The Honor 7X has an 8MP camera as well, but it lacks autofocus, and the images, though decent, can’t match the quality of the Nokia 6’s selfie camera. The front-facing 13MP camera on the Galaxy J7 Prime has a weird focal distance which makes images look out of focus. So, if you want the phone with the best camera, you should choose the Nokia 6.
Nokia 6 vs. Honor 7X vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Performance
The Nokia 6 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Honor 7X uses Huawei’s (which owns Honor) Kirin 659 processor, which is paired with 4GB RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, depending on the variant you choose. The Galaxy J7 Prime uses Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 processing chipset with 3GB RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, depending on the variant. Overall, the performance of the Kirin 659 is the best of the three due to a higher CPU clock speed and a stronger GPU. The Honor 7X also has 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB storage, and that should result in relatively faster performance.
While the Nokia 6 has already received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, the Honor 7X will soon receive it in the form of EMUI 8.0. The Galaxy J7 Prime was released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and it received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. However, we don’t think that it will ever receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The Galaxy J7 Prime is the slowest phone among the three due to the slower Exynos 7870 processor (mainly a weaker GPU) and a relatively heavier user interface. The fingerprint reader of the Honor 7X is the fastest, while the ones on the Nokia 6 and the Galaxy J7 Prime are slower. The loudspeakers on the Galaxy J7 and Honor 7X are better than the one on the Nokia 6. However, the Nokia 6 has Dolby Audio, but the improvement isn’t that great. The Galaxy J7’s audio through headphones is impressive in comparison.
Nokia 6 vs. Honor 7X vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Battery Life
The 3300mAh battery of the Galaxy J7 Prime lasts longer compared to the 3340mAh battery inside the Honor 7X and 3000mAh battery inside the Nokia 6. The Honor 7X charges faster, though. No matter which phone you choose, it will last you through the day, but the Nokia 6 might not last till the night if happen to come across a day where you have to use the phone heavily. Even though the Galaxy J7 Prime has the best battery life, I would choose the Honor 7X due to its faster performance and comparatively rapid battery charging rate.
Nokia 6 vs. Honor 7X vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Verdict
All things considered, you should choose the Nokia 6 if the camera quality is your only concern. However, we would recommend buying the Honor 7X over the Nokia 6 and the Galaxy J7 Prime because the Honor 7X has a larger screen with minimal bezels, good performance for the price, a decent camera, fast fingerprint reader, an upcoming Android (v8.0 Oreo) update, and an all-day battery life.