Nokia 6.2, first impressions: triple camera, Android One and premium finish for a high-end mid-range


On the occasion of the IFA 2019 held in Berlin, HMD has decided to make the Nokia 6.2 and 7.2 official, its two new smartphones for the mid-range of 2019. Nokia has always stood out for trying to differentiate itself from its rivals at a stroke of software, although this year they have Looked for a turn other than this. The essence of last year remains, but relevant changes arrive, especially at the photographic level.

Although Nokia 7.2 is the most ambitious phone presented by the firm at the fair, the Nokia 6.2 is the HMD alternative to reign below 200 dollars, something that merits our attention. After his presentation, we had the opportunity to try it, so it is necessary to tell what we thought after the first impressions.

Democratizing the premium finish in the mid-range


The first thing that attracts attention when we hold the Nokia 6.2 in the hand is two factors. The first, the glass finish of its back, worthy of any other device located in a higher price range. On the other hand, although it weighs 180 grams and approaching 16 cm high, it is a smartphone that is quite comfortable at hand.

This rear part also has a rear fingerprint reader that will delight those who do not finish adapting to the readers under the screen, as well as a large circle that houses the triple camera that we will talk about later.

Returning to the matter of glass, Nokia has decided to cover both the screen and the back with Gorilla Glass 3, a solution that while not the most current, has proven its reliability in the past. Of course, as a good alternative to glass, it is a magnet of footprints, especially if the unit is dark. We have also been able to test the same phone in the white finish and, although the footprints are not appreciated so much, it will still be necessary to pass him a cloth from time to time.

As for the front of the device, we find an improved frontal use, with a rather pronounced bezel at the bottom, although with quite small side frames. The Nokia logo is still the protagonist in the lower bezel, and the drop-notch is the main guest at the top of the device.

On the right side of the device (looking straight ahead), we are facing the power and volume up or down buttons. Good ride, solid and without any slack, so little hits. What catches our attention is that, on the left side, we have a dedicated button for Google Assistant, just like other brands like Samsung do with Bixby. The assistant opens immediately after pressing this button and, taking into account the good integration of Google Assistant with Android One, we can only applaud the decision made in this case.

The screens can also shine in the mid-range, literally


One of the most complicated points in the mid-range is the theme of the screen. For less than 200 dollars we could think that no efforts have been centralized in the configuration of the panel, but it has not been so in the case of Nokia. The 6.2 has a 6.3-inch screen with Full HD + resolution, with IPS technology. They have decided to call this panel 'PureDisplay', because of the high dynamic range they ensure for it.



The phone converts the SDR content into HDR in real-time or, in other words, tries to obtain the maximum dynamic range of the multimedia we are consuming. This is achieved with a dedicated processor, called Pixelworks, which is responsible for improving this representation of HDR and color in real-time. Similarly, although we do not have nits data, they promise a high brightness under the maximum incidence of sunlight, as well as an automatic contrast improvement to make the screen look good under any circumstance.

Hardware content, latest software.


At the hardware level, the Nokia 6.2 is located between the input range and the mid-range. For the processor, we have opted for the Qualcomm 636 platform, which has almost two years of life, and that came to be a few steps below the Snapdragon 660.

The memory configurations start from 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory and can be increased to a configuration of 4 + 32 GB. As a negative point, note that both memories are eMMC 5.1, notably below in times of write/read speed compared to the UFS that is being democratized. In both cases, it will be possible to expand the internal memory using microSD cards.

The strengths come at the hand of its 3,500mAh battery, with which Nokia has promised us up to two days, something that we will have time to check in their respective analysis. On the other hand, we have a headphone jack ( rare Avis ) in the current times, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

This hardware is accompanied, how could it be otherwise in a Nokia phone, Android One, the cleanest version offered by Google to manufacturers. This implies three years of security updates and two years of major updates, to which we must add that HMD has promised that in the second quarter of 2020, all its phones will be updated to Android 10.

The triple camera and the wide-angle, by flag


The huge rear circle of the Nokia 6.2 houses three cameras. The first sensor is 16 megapixels, with aperture f / 1.8. The second is a wide-angle of 8 megapixels, 118ยบ and with aperture f / 2.2. Finally, a 5-megapixel sensor. As a good smartphone for 2019, artificial intelligence is added when shooting, promising improvements, especially in the night. At the video level, the phone is capable of recording in 4K resolution, something to consider in its price range.

In our tests, the camera has not stood out excessively when photographing. However, it is important here to point out again that the software is not definitive, so you will have to wait for the analysis to see how the camera behaves.

At the selfie level, we found a good cut considering that it is the front camera and the range of the device. Non-absence, the skin treatment and detail are somewhat erratic, with somewhat pale tones and lack of appreciable detail.

The portrait in the rear camera also offers a relatively good crop. At the level of color, we find a somewhat more vibrant interpretation, although the skin is still too washed. Perhaps in the final version, we will find a less aggressive treatment.

The situation somewhat complicated by the movement of people, although we have noticed some problem with the shutter times. It may be a software problem, although low processor power often causes slow shots.

The wide-angle always implies loss of quality. However, we have 118 degrees at our disposal, to capture much more content than can be found with the main sensor.

In short, the Nokia 6.2 comes to stand out in the average with three main factors. The first, Android One, one of the most interesting configurations in economic mobiles, for its good aging (with periodic updates), and its good performance due to the absence of bloatware.

The second, its triple camera configuration, which brings that versatility that begins to democratize in the mid-range, supported by artificial intelligence that promises a good night performance.

Finally, the factor of cost less than 200 dollars and offer practically everything that can be asked of a mid-range: good screen, camera, battery, processor and ... headphone jack! As always, we will wait for the full review to see how it behaves with the definitive software, but the Nokia 6.2 points ways.


Full Specifications
Brand and Model
Brand 
  Nokia
Model 
  6.2
Model Alias
 TA-1198
 TA-1200
Nokia 6.2 Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
 Android 10
Nokia 7.2 System on  Chip (SOC)    
SOC 
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Process Technology 
 14 nm 
CPU
4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
4x 1.6 GHz Kryo 260
CPU Bits 
 64 bits 
Instruction Set  
 ARMv8
CPU Frequency 
 1800 MHz  
CPU Cores 
  8
GPU
Qualcomm Adreno 509
Nokia 6.2 RAM Capacity 
  3 GB
  4 GB
RAM Type  
 LPDDR4X
RAM Channels  
 Double Channel
RAM Frequency  
 1866 MHz
Nokia 6.2 Storage
  32 GB 
 64 GB
128 GB 
 eMMC
Nokia 6.2 Memory Cards
  microSD
 microSDHC
 microSDXC
Nokia 6.2 Display
Type / Technology 
  IPS
Diagonal Size 
  6.3 in 
  160.02 mm 
  16 cm 
Width 
  2.64 in 
  67.06 mm 
  6.71 cm 
Height 
  5.72 in 
  145.29 mm 
  14.53 cm 
Aspect Ratio 
 2.167:1 
Resolution 
 1080 x 2280  pixels 
Pixel Density 
  409 ppi 
  160 ppcm 
Color Depth 
  24 bits  
  16777216 colors 
Display Area 
  81.33 % 
Other Features 
 Capacitive 
 Multi-touch 
Scratch resistant
2.5D curved glass screen
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Nokia 6.2 Sensors
 Proximity
 Light
 Accelerometer
 Compass
 Gyroscope
 Fingerprint
Nokia 6.2 Primary Camera
Flash Type
LED
 Image Resolution 
4608 x 3456 pixels
 15.93 MP 
Video resolution
 1920 x 1080 pixels
 2.07 MP
Video FPS
 30 fps
Features 
Autofocus 
Continuous shooting 
Digital zoom
 Optical zoom
Geotagging 
Panorama 
HDR 
Touch focus 
Face detection
White balance setting 
ISO setting 
Exposure compensation 
Self-timer 
Scene mode 
Night Mode
Dual Sight
Phase detection
Carl Zeiss lens
Secondary rear camera- 8 MP (ultra-wide)
Carl Zeiss lens (#2)
 Angle of view- 118 degree (#2)
 Third rear camera- 5 MP (depth-sensor)
Nokia 6.2 Front Camera
Image Resolution 
 3264 x 2448 pixels 
  7.99 MP 
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080 pixels
 2.07 MP
Video FPS
 30 fps
Features 
Carl Zeiss lens
Nokia 6.2 Audio
Loudspeaker 
Earpiece
2 microphones with spatial surround sound capture
Nokia 6.2 Radio
  Yes
Nokia 6.2 Tracking /  Positioning
 GPS 
 A-GPS 
GLONASS
BeiDou
Galileo 
Nokia 6.2 Wi-Fi
 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
 802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
 802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-1999)
 802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2003) 
 802.11n 5GHz
 802.11ac (IEEE 802.11ac)
 Dual band
 Wi-Fi Hotspot 
 Wi-Fi-Direct
 Wi-Fi Display
Nokia 6.2 Bluetooth
Version 
 5.0
Features 
A2DP  
Nokia 6.2 USB
Connector Type  
 USB Type-C
Version 
  2.0
Features 
Charging 
Mass Storage 
On-The-Go
Nokia 6.2 Headphone Jack
 Yes
Nokia 6.2 Connectivity
 Computer sync 
 OTA sync 
 Tethering
NFC 
 TV-Out
 VoLTE
NFC Available in selected market
Nokia 6.2 Browser
HTML 
HTML5 
CSS 3 
   Nokia 6.2 Audio File Formats /  Codecs    
AAC 
AMR / AMR-NB / GSM-AMR 
AMR-WB
eAAC+ / aacPlus v2 / HE-AAC v2
FLAC 
M4A
MIDI 
MP3 
OGG 
WMA 
WAV 
Nokia 6.2Video File Formats /  Codecs    
3GPP 
AVI 
H.263
H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC Video
MKV
MP4
WMV
Xvid
Nokia 6.2 Battery
Capacity
 3500 mAh
Type 
 Li-Polymer
Features 
 Non-removable 
 Fast charging
AI-assisted adaptive battery
Charger Output Power
5 V / 2 A
Nokia 6.2 Launch
Announced 
 2018, Sept.
Status 
Release Sept. 2018
Nokia 6.2 Price
 3 GB + 32 GB = 220 $
 4 GB + 64 GB = 270 $
Nokia 6.2 Design
Colors 
Ceramic Black
Ice
Width 
  75.15 mm 
  7.52 cm 
  0.25 ft 
  2.96 in 
Height 
 159.92 mm 
 15.99 cm 
  0.52 ft 
  6.3 in 
Thickness 
  8.25 mm 
  0.83 cm 
  0.03 ft 
  0.32 in 
Weight 
  180 g
  0.4 lbs
  6.35 oz
Volume 
  99.15 cm3
  6.02 in3
Body Materials
 Aluminium alloy
 Glass
SIM Card
SIM Card Type  
Nano-SIM (4FF-fourth form factor, since 2012, 12.30 x 8.80 x 0.67 mm)  
Nano-SIM / microSD
Number of SIM Cards 
  2
Features
Dual SIM stand-by 
Nokia 6.2 Mobile Network Technology and Bandwidth 
 UMTS (384 kbit/s) 
 EDGE 
 GPRS  
 HSPA+ 
LTE Cat 6 (51.0 Mbit/s, 301.5 Gbit/s)
 LTE Cat 4 (India)
Nokia 6.2 Networks
GSM
GSM 850 MHz (B5)
GSM 900 MHz (B8)
GSM 1800 MHz (B3)
GSM 1900 MHz (B2)
W-CDMA
W-CDMA 85 MHz (B5)
W-CDMA 900 MHz (B8)
 W-CDMA 2100 MHz (B1)
LTE
LTE-FDD 700 MHz (B28) 
 LTE-FDD 800 MHz (B20)
LTE-FDD 850 MHz (B5)
LTE-FDD 900 MHz (B8)
LTE-FDD 1800 MHz (B3)
LTE-FDD 2600 MHz (B7) 
LTE-TDD 2300 MHz (B40)
LTE-TDD 2500 MHz (B41)
LTE-TDD 2600 MHz (B38)

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