The Nokia X6 launched in China about a week ago and is expected to make its way to the Indian market soon. It is the first phone by HMD Global to feature the iPhone-X like notch design on its display. Its spec list is quite impressive, and its expected launch price is surely to create a massive ripple in the midrange smartphone sector. Is this smartphone worth the wait or are you better off buying what is currently available in the market? To answer that question, we decided to put it to the test in our customary head-to-head comparison against two similarly priced smartphones. These would be the Samsung Galaxy A6 and HMD Global’s own Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018). Without further delay, let’s get started
Nokia X6 vs Samsung Galaxy A6 vs Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018): Price in India
The Nokia X6 is priced at CNY 1,299 (approx. Rs. 13,800) for the 4GB RAM+32GB storage variant, CNY 1,499 (approx. Rs. 16,000) for the 4GB RAM+64GB storage variant, and CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 18,100) for the 6GB RAM+64GB storage model. The Galaxy A6‘s price in India starts at Rs. 21,990 for the 32GB storage variant and is Rs. 22,990 for the 64GB storage variant. The Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018) comes in a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage package currently available for Rs. 18,999.
Nokia X6 vs Samsung Galaxy A6 vs Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018): Display, Design
The Nokia X6 flaunts a 5.8-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2280 pixels resolution and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. It is the only phone in this comparison with a notch at the front. The Galaxy A6 features a 5.6-inch AMOLED screen with Samsung’s Infinity Display design and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio but only has an HD+ 720×1480 pixels resolution. The Nokia 6.1 (or Nokia 6 2018 variant) comes with a Full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 1920p resolution, giving this screen a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio.
The Nokia X6 offers the superior display out of the three even though it isn’t OLED. It is also the only phone with a premium glass construction, while the other two opt for a metal unibody design.
Nokia X6 vs Samsung Galaxy A6 vs Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018): Camera
The Nokia 6X is the only phone in this comparison to boast a dual-camera setup at the back. This setup consists of a 16-megapixel primary sensor of aperture f/2.0, alongside a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor of aperture f/2.2. Selfies are handled by another 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture at the front. The Galaxy A6 sports a 16MP rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP sensor on the front for selfies. Both the front and rear cameras bear an LED flash. The Nokia 6.1 is equipped with a 16MP f/2.0 rear shooter with an 8MP front-facing shooter.
Nokia X6 vs Samsung Galaxy A6 vs Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018): Performance
While the Nokia 6.1 is loaded with an octa-core Snapdragon 630 CPU clocked at 2.0GHz, the Nokia 6X happens to sport a marginally better optimised Snapdragon 636 SoC. The Galaxy fall short with its octa-core Exynos 7870 clocked at 1.6GHz. All three devices run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.
The Nokia X6 has a 3,060mAh battery while the other two are fuelled by 3000mAh cells. Both Nokia handsets charge via USB type-C ports and offer support for fast charging. The X6 is even Quick Charge 3.0 certified. The Galaxy lacks these features and still uses a micro-USB connection for charging.
Nokia X6 vs Samsung Galaxy A6 vs Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018): Verdict
The Nokia X6 is hands-down the best option out of these three smartphones. Not only does it offer a relatively outmatched display and aesthetics; the camera prowess is also noticeably superior. It also has the best processor and battery performance with support for Quick Charge 3.0. And all this comes in a package which is expected to cost considerably less compared to the other two handsets. Waiting for this smartphone to launch in India would be the wisest course of action.