Nokia X6 OS Update Brings Option To Hide Notch; Global Launch Expected Soon

Nokia X6 owners in China can now choose to "hide" the notch at the top of the display using a simple setting.


HMD Global’s first smartphone with an iPhone X-style notch, the Nokia X6 has started receiving a new software update in China. The key highlight of the new software update is a new feature that lets Nokia X6 users hide the notch at the top. In addition to the ability to hide the notch, the update also lets user hide certain apps.

Nokia X6: OS Update Lets Users Hide the Notch

The latest software update for the Nokia X6 introduces the ability to hide the notch at the top of the smartphone’s display. Similar to the feature on other notched smartphones such as OnePlus 6 and the LG G7 ThinQ, the area on both sides of the notch is blacked out, which results in the notch being “hidden”. However, we aren’t sure if the option will be very helpful in dimly lit rooms as the Nokia X6 uses an IPS LCD and not an AMOLED panel. We expect the feature to be available out of the box on the global variant of the smartphone.

Nokia X6: Global Variant Might Launch Soon?

The global variant of the Nokia X6 was certified by the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan recently with the model number TA-1103. HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas had, in fact, hinted at the smartphone’s global debut soon after it was made official in China. So the global variant getting certified in Taiwan comes as no surprise. While the company is yet to confirm any specific release timeframe for the global variant of the X6, we can possibly expect the smartphone to go on sale in at least a few markets outside China before the end of the third quarter.

Nokia X6: Specifications, Features

The Nokia X6 is HMD Global’s first mid-range Android smartphone with a notch at the top. It sports a 5.8-inch IPS display with 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Powering the Nokia X6 is a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with an Adreno 509 GPU. In terms of memory, the smartphone is available in two configurations – 4GB RAM with 32GB of onboard storage and 6GB RAM with 64GB of onboard storage. The smartphone uses a Hybrid Dual-SIM configuration instead of a triple-slot configuration.

On the back of the smartphone is a 16MP + 5MP dual-camera setup. While the 16MP RGB sensor has been coupled with an f/2.0 aperture, the secondary 5MP monochrome sensor is coupled with an f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone comes with AI Portrait as well as AI scene recognition features. The 16MP front-facing camera supports face unlock and can also capture selfies with a background blur effect.

Moving on to connectivity, the Nokia X6 supports all the modern standards include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C port, and 4G VoLTE. The smartphone is fueled by a 3060mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. Like the other recent Nokia-branded smartphones released by HMD Global, the fingerprint sensor on the Nokia X6 is mounted at the back of the handset. In terms of physical size, the smartphone measures 147.2 x 70.98 x 8.59mm and weighs in at 151 grams.

On the software front, the Nokia X6 runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box. The smartphone is guaranteed to receive an upgrade to Android P and might very well be updated to Android Q as well.

Nokia X6: Expected Price in India

The Nokia X6 is expected to be priced somewhere around the Rs.22,000 mark when it is launched in India. It will be positioned between the Nokia 6.1 4GB RAM variant and the Nokia 7 Plus.