Nokia 6.2 full review

Revealed alongside the Nokia 7.2 and a range of semi-smart feature phones at IFA 2019, the Nokia 6.2 is the Finnish company’s latest mid-range smartphone. Combining a high-quality display with “timeless Nordic design”, a decent triple-camera setup and multiple OS upgrades, the Nokia 6.2 has the potential to be amongst the best mid-range smartphones available right now.

We had a chance to go hands-on with the Nokia 6.2 ahead of the announcement in Berlin, and here’s what we think so far.

Release date and pricing

The Nokia 6.2 is set to be released later on in September, although an exact release date is yet to be revealed by the Finnish company. When it does go on sale, the Nokia 6.2 will be available in two variants: 3GB/32GB, and 4/64GB, and will cost users €199 and €249 respectively in Europe.

UK pricing is yet to be announced, but we’ll be sure to update this section once we have more details.

Tidy design

The Nokia 6.2 features a similar design to that of its slightly more expensive sibling, the Nokia 7.2. It features what Nokia calls “timeless Nordic design” and while that sounds a lot like marketing speak to us, we can confirm that the smartphone does look sleek – although it’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

That’s thanks in part due to the glass front and rear, and in particular, the lack of the light-refracting finish featured on the Nokia 7.2. In addition to adding a unique shimmer to the smartphone, the finish helped hide some of the fingerprint marks. With a plain glass rear, it’s much easier to spot marks, and we found the rear would become covered in smudges after only a couple of minutes of use. See the below side-by-side image of the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 to see what we mean.

It’s a small issue, but one for consumers with a focus on cleanliness to consider.  

It’s a lightweight phone due to the use of a polymer composite that Nokia claims is twice as strong as standard polycarbonate while being half the weight of standard aluminium. It does make the phone feel cheaper compared to mid-range smartphones with an aluminium frame, but it’s certainly lightweight in the hand at 180g.

Other key design features of the Nokia 6.2 include a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, a dedicated Google Assistant button and, most importantly, the coveted LED notification light to gently alert you of incoming notifications.

High-end display with mid-range specs

The Nokia 6.2 features a crisp 6.3in waterdrop display with FHD+ resolution, and while that’s impressive, it’s further enhanced by what Nokia calls PureDisplay technology. The company claims that the tech overclocks the LCD panel to “outperform OLED in many areas” with improved tonality, 96 percent colour gamut and improved contrast ratio at 1:4500.

That’s not all, either. The display features 10bit-HDR certification which is great for those of us that have large HDR video collections, but what about the rest of us? The PureDisplay tech can actually upscale SDR content to HDR on-the-fly, giving you a well-balanced, vibrant video viewing experience no matter if you’re watching official HDR content on Amazon Prime or your favourite vlogger on YouTube.

Of course, that’s hard to test in a hands-on environment but the Nokia 6.2 display certainly looked detailed, vivid and bright.

Beneath the premium display is where the mid-range price-tag begins to shine through, offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU with either 3- or 4GB of RAM depending on the variant you opt for. It’s a similar story with storage too, with either 32- or 64GB available, although this can be expanded via microSD card.

Battery life is an area where Nokia generally excels, and that trend looks to continue with the Nokia 6.2. It boasts a 3500mAh non-removable battery that the company claims will provide two days of usage per charge with average use. And when it does come to time to recharge, Qualcomm Quick Charge support should provide a speedy service, although the specific charging speeds are yet to be announced.

Of course, that’s hard to test in a hands-on session, but it’s an impressive feature if true.

It’s also fairly standard in the connectivity department, offering Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and NFC support alongside 4G connectivity.

Triple camera setup on a budget

While it might not feature the same Zeiss Optics and 48Mp snapper as the slightly more expensive Nokia 7.2, the Nokia 6.2 still offers the same trio of cameras on the rear – a standard 16Mp camera, an 8Mp 118-degree ultra-wide lens and a 5Mp depth sensor to improve the quality and accuracy of Portrait imagery.

As well as standard photo and video modes, the Nokia 6.2 features a range of shooting modes including a Portrait mode with HDR and low-light support and a dedicated Night Mode that intelligently adjusts the number of exposures taken depending on whether the smartphone is attached to a tripod or handheld.

Combine that with noise removal algorithms, anti-ghosting tech a claim that it’ll work in environments as dark as 0.1 lux, and you’ve potentially got a great low-light camera – although that’s nearly impossible to test in a brightly lit hands-on area, so it’s something we’ll put to the test once we get a sample back to Tech Advisor towers.

On the front, you’ll find a fairly standard 8Mp selfie camera that also boasts a Portrait mode, but without a dedicated depth sensor, we’re not sure how accurate the edge detection will be. Again, that’s something we’ll look at in more detail once we get the smartphone into the office!

Android 10 ready

The Nokia 6.2 ships with a refreshingly clean version of Android 9 Pie and will continue to receive security updates for three years, but that’s not all. Nokia claims it’s ready for the Android 10 upgrade, and that we should see it appear on the 6.2 in the coming months, although an exact release date is yet to be confirmed.

What’s even better is that Nokia has guaranteed not one but two OS upgrades, further future-proofing the mid-range smartphone.

Early verdict

It may lack the style and Zeiss Optics-enabled cameras of the more expensive Nokia 7.2, but if you’re looking for a decent mid-range smartphone with a great design and high-quality display, the Nokia 6.2 is certainly worth considering.

We’ll provide a full verdict and star rating once we get a sample back to Tech Advisor towers, so check back soon for our final thoughts on the Nokia 6.2.

Specs

Nokia 6.2: Specs

  • 159.88 x 75.11 x 8.25mm
  • 180g
  • 81.3% display-to-body ratio
  • Available in Ceramic Black or Ice
  • 6.3" FHD+ Waterdrop display with PureDisplay technology
  • HDR10 support
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • 3/4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage
  • Triple rear-camera setup (20Mp main, 8Mp 118-degree wide-angle, 5Mp depth sensor)
  • Dedicated Portrait and Night modes
  • 8Mp front-facing camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS + AGPS + GLONASS + BDS + Gallieo

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