Nokia’s mid-range X6 handset and its notch could be US-bound

Nokia launched its X6 midrange Android handset in China earlier this week. The phone is the company's first with a notched screen and razor-thin bezels, a look that's come to characterize new handsets in 2018. The manufacturer's chief product officer posted a Twitter poll asking prospective buyers if the the X6 should be offered in other markets. The response was resoundingly receptive to the idea—92% of respondents answered in the affirmative.

This woman might be wondering, “Where did the bezels go?”

The X6's standout feature is unquestionably the notched 5.8″ IPS display. The panel has a 2280×1080 resolution that works out to a 19:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of roughly 435 PPI. Nokia says the screen covers just over 80% of the face of the phone. That high screen-to-bezel ratio means the fingerprint reader has been relegated to the back of the handset.

The X6 is built around the midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC we've seen in Asus' ZenPhone 5. The chip is paired with either 4 GB or 6 GB of memory and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage in the Chinese market, though offerings could vary in other regions. Users can expand the storage by as much as 256 GB by adding a microSD card.

The camera setup includes a 16-megapixel, f/2.0-aperture snapper in the notch at the top of X6's screen plus a pair of sensors on the backside. The primary rear sensor is another 16-MP with an f/2.0 aperture on the lens that can record video at 1920×1080 at 30 FPS. That camera gets help from a 5-MP monochrome shooter. The main camera has electronic image stabilization, and the front camera supports the X6's face-unlocking feature.

Users can put electrons into the phone and get data out using the USB 2.0 Type-C connector on the bottom. All that juice is stored in a 3060-mAh battery with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The X6 also gets a headphone jack for private audio without the need for an easily-lost dongle or special USB-C headphones. The handset is 5.8″ tall (14.7 cm), 2.8″ wide (7.1 cm), 0.31″ thick (0.8 cm), and weighs 5.4 oz (153 g).

Nokia installs Android 8.1 Oreo on China-bound versions of the X6. If the phone does end up coming to the West, we hope the company sees fit to bring it with Android P, or at least publicly commit to a future update. Nokia typically doesn't monkey too much with the OS as Google built it, and has generally promised timelier and longer-lasting updates than many other Android vendors. Hopefully those trends can continue with a US-market version of the X6.

The Nokia X6 is supposed to hit Chinese stores later this month. The version with 4 GB of memory and 32 GB of storage starts at ¥1299, a figure that converts to a little more than $200. The top-shelf version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage comes in at ¥1699, or about $265. The company hasn't offered information about when a Western release could happen or what the price tag might be.  Buyers that want a Nokia phone with a less-nebulous release date can check out manufacturer's 6.1 handset we covered a couple of weeks ago.

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    • cygnus1
    • 1 year ago

    Why do they bother to put old versions of Qualcomm QC in new devices that also have USB Type-C with PD?

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    I hope this notch fad dies one day and we all look back and realize how stupid and goofy it was.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      I expect notches to last. What else should they do with the front of the phone?

      Also, they’re better than screens that wrap around the sides!

        • cygnus1
        • 1 year ago

        [quote<] What else should they do with the front of the phone? [/quote<] Realize that bezels don't kill people. Especially at the top of the phone when you make the phone taller and taller, 19:9 AR, and thus less and less likely for people to touch the top while gripping the phone normally...

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 1 year ago

          The notch is a separate issue from the aspect ratio. I’d rather have a less-long phone with notches than a long phone without them.

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Now we’re getting silly – that’s just a notch [i<]for the sake of having a notch[/i<]; there's plenty of bezel at the bottom with the Nokia logo on it - which means they could just move the screen down ffs.

    • dragontamer5788
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]USB 2.0 Type-C connector[/quote<] What is this mysterious connector?? Maybe there's a typo here for USB 3.1 Type C?

      • cygnus1
      • 1 year ago

      No, it’s not a typo. You can have type-c ports with data capabilities limited to USB 2.0. I think I’ve seen one or two in the past, but I can’t think of any phones off the top of my head that actually have a higher than USB 2.0 speed port on them, even all the ones with Type-C ports. It still has USB PD though, I think that’s more important than data transfer speed as few people actually transfer data to/from their phones over USB.

    • UberGerbil
    • 1 year ago

    More interested in the 7+, TBH. If there was a US version available I’d buy it immediately.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      I’m a bit put off by shiny metal trim on the 7+, also my pockets would do [i<]wider[/i<] better than longer. No better option comes to mind though.

    • blastdoor
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]The phone is the company's first with a notched screen [/quote<] Good grief... a screen notch is not a feature! It's a goofy design decision by Apple that Android manufacturers are now mindlessly copying. I almost wonder if Apple put that silly notch there just so that they could take it out later and call it an upgrade. And then Android manufacturers will copy that, too.

      • willmore
      • 1 year ago

      Actually, it’s a goofy Android design feature that everyone is now copying.

      • UberGerbil
      • 1 year ago

      The notch would be fine if the OS reserved the pixels on either side of it for notification icons etc and it simply “didn’t exist” as far as user apps were concerned. The idiotic design decision is to make the “whole screen” include the area removed by the notch, so that “full screen” apps have a ridiculous bite taken out of them. “But your screen is bigger!” they say. “But a piece of the screen [i<]that physically doesn't exist[/i<] does not make it bigger, you moron!"

        • DPete27
        • 1 year ago

        Indeed. I thought it was a good idea on the 2015 LG V10.

          • cygnus1
          • 1 year ago

          Wow. I never even realized that was a notch on that phone. I had to look at several pictures to even figure out it was there. It’s certainly unusual because it makes the camera not centered. It looks like they used the space left over from the notch, which seems pretty large actually on the V10, as a shortcut area. That seems kind of goofy because that means reaching to the very top of the phone (not that bad on the 16:9 V10 but would annoying on the 19:9 X6) or using two hands.

          IF the notch is necessary, the only good use for the left over space requires an OLED type of display with perfect blacks and is completely non-interactive uses like status indicators set on a black background so as to make the notch effectively disappear.

          I’m an iPhone fan and I skipped the X in part because of the notch, keeping my 7+ until Apple builds something actually impressive. Granted, it’s about 4th or 5th down the list of reasons I’ve skipped the X, but the notch is on the list. Notches in the screen are just stupid.

        • Kretschmer
        • 1 year ago

        The OP6 has an option like what you describe: [url<]https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/11-980x735.jpg[/url<]

          • willmore
          • 1 year ago

          I’m not sure if that’s an example of that or not. There are a few scenarios here:
          1) The OS knows about the notch and uses it for its purposes and lies to the apps about the true screen size–apps require not updates, but can’t use the notch for maybe clever app specific stuff.
          2) The ap knows about the notch and chooses not to use it as it doesn’t make sense for their uses.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 1 year ago

        I agree its a bit nuts for notchspace to be part of the regular screen, should be claimed by the OS for notification and whatnot. Seems that would make for a clean programming interface, and a clean user experience.

    • jihadjoe
    • 1 year ago

    lol @ that image caption

      • madseven7
      • 1 year ago

      The photo should have been flipped around so she would be looking up at the notch…and with that look she’s saying “what f***?!

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