Nokia 6.2 Review
The Nokia 6.2 is one of two new mid-range smartphones that have the well-known name launched at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany – and there’s not much to choose from between it and its slightly more expensive sibling, the Nokia 7.2.
Priced as an affordable mid-range handset for consumers seeking a bit more power and stronger photography chops than budget handsets, the Nokia 6.2 sits well on the second end of this wide segment of the market.
Nokia 6.2 comes equipped with a 3GB or 4GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage, 6.3-inch Full HD+, Snapdragon 636 chipset, triple rear cameras, fingerprint scanner, and a 3,500mAh battery.
Prices in India, Variants, Availability
As far as Nokia 6.2 is concerned, if you are looking at the 4GB / 64GB configuration, you will be set back by Rs 15,999.
(Psst.. Remember, you can sell your old smartphone at Cashify)
At this price, the Nokia 6.2 is competing with the Honor 10 Lite, Huawei P Smart 2019, and Moto G7 – definitely some fierce competition.
Inside the retail package of Nokia 6.2, you’ll find the phone, along with other accessories like a wall charger, USB Type-C charging cable, sim object tool, and some documentation. Sadly, no case or earphones come with the device.
- Nokia 6.2
- MicroUSB cable
- SIM ejector tool
- Quick start guide
- Essential product information (including the Warranty Card)
Specs at a glance
Here’s what the device has to offer:
- Display: 6.3 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio resolution
- CPU: Snapdragon 636
- GPU: Adreno 616
- Memory: 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB, Up to 256GB external memory(Hybrid SIM-Slot)
- Rear Camera: 16MP main camera, 8MP wide-angle camera, 5MP portrait camera
- Selfie Camera: 8MP front camera
- Battery: 3500 mAh, 10W charging power
- Security: Fingerprint sensor at the back
Design and Build Quality
There is glass everywhere. The Gorilla Glass 3 phone on the Nokia 6.2 is front and rear. All that glass makes it a slippery phone.
Apart from the slippery nature, it is a beautiful, tastefully crafted phone. Reportedly, the frame made from a composite polymer is twice as durable as polycarbonate and a half heavier than aluminum. On the other hand, it’s a very light phone.
On the left edge, there is a hardware button to launch a Google Assistant. On the right, you’ll find the volume up and down buttons, as well as the power button. The top edge features a 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom edge features a USB-C port, speaker grills, and microphone hole.
Nokia 6.2’s FHD + resolution display is among the best in its class. It is more impressive than the display of some expensive, competing smartphones. Support for HDR10 One of the few phones in this price range, HDR, offers video enjoyable content.
We made a comparison with some other competing phones and found that Nokia’s claim that 6.2’s IPS LCD outperforms some OLED displays in some ways is not just marketing. It delivers excellent tones and much deeper blacks than most IPS LCDs.
The performance is smooth. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset is tried and tested, and that’s why trusted. Yes; It’s almost outdated, but it does the job well, and the problem with it is only in the heads of tequilas. App launch and switching with 4GB of RAM is smooth.
This unit has 64 GB internal memory. If you need more space for your files, you can throw in a 512GB capable micro SD card.
One problem with performance is a bit of a problem with a fingerprint scanner. Sometimes, I have to try twice before unlocking the fingerprint scanner phone. Eventually, I restarted the phone, and the problem stopped, but even now, unlocking the phone with a fingerprint is still not quite as good as I’ve experienced with most other phones. I wonder if this is something that a software update can fix.
Software-wise Nokia 6.2 stock runs on Android 9. Nokia has carved out a place for itself as a brand dedicated to the stock Android and Android One project. But beyond that, they have also committed to 2-year guaranteed software updates. Security updates are pushed to Nokia 6.2 for three years.
Nokia 6.2 will be available on Android 10 before it arrives in December 2019, HMD Global said. At the time of this Nokia 6.2 review, our unit had a September 2019 security patch.
There is no pre-installed bloatware in Nokia 6.2, so you can only install the apps you need or want. The default apps are mostly Google apps. Unlike other Android smartphone brands, Nokia 6.2 does not have duplicate apps and services.
Nokia 6.2 lacks the Zeiss optics and 48MP snapper, which comes in slightly more expensive Nokia 7.2. However, it still offers the same three cameras on the back – a standard 16MP camera, an 8MP 118-degree ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP resolution to improve the quality and accuracy of portrait imagery.
In addition to the standard photo and video modes, Nokia 6.2 also includes a variety of shooting modes, including dedicated Night Mode that intelligently adjusts the number of exposures depending on whether HDR and low-light support are added to the portrait mode and smartphone.
Combined with noise removal algorithms, Anti-Ghosting Tech has a claim that it works in a dark environment like 0.1 lux, and you’ve got a great low-light camera – though it’s almost impossible to test in brightly lit hands.
On the front, you’ll find a very standard 8Mp selfie camera with portrait mode, but without a dedicated depth sensor, we don’t know how accurate the edge is.
The 5MP depth sensor complements all three and provides smarts for bokeh portrait shots that obscure your subject’s background. You can adjust the background opacity level in real-time, and you have three different blur effects to fine-tune your shot.
Another critical addition to the camera app in the Nokia 6.2 is the special night mode. It automatically suggests using it in low light conditions, though we haven’t been able to test it in our hands with the phone.
The combination of USB-OTG and reverse charging allows you to use Nokia 6.2 as a power bank for charging a USB accessory or other phone. I tried to charge another phone with it, and it worked. Nice. Now, that 3500 mAh battery is only 5000.
But the battery does a good job of keeping the lights on longer. If you are not a heavy user, you will be out of work for days without juice. Everyone else, myself included, needs to get to the top at least once in the day.
Charging is by the 10W standard charger. It’s faster than regular charging, but I’m still out for 18W. The Nokia 6.1 has an 18W.
Audio, Connectivity, Biometrics
Audio from the bottom speaker feels a bit small, but at least the placement isn’t easily blocked when holding the phone. Lenovo continues to partner with Dirac, which powers its Real Sound Technology. Unlike Dolby Atmos Mobile, it only works when you plug in headphones.
There is also no fingerprint sensor on display. As usual, the Nokia 6.2 comes with a primary fingerprint sensor placed in the back of the smartphone.
Pros & Cons
- Pleasing premium design
- Triple rear cameras
- Large display
- Washed out wide-angle images
- Average low light photos and video performance
- Dated security patch
- Charging isn’t rapid
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