Since the launch of Nokia’s Renaissance with Android in 2017, the maker has focused on its mid-range to increase market share and has succeeded so far. Nowadays, Nokias offers clean Android One apps, a familiar Nokia model, better hardware, and great pricing.
The Nokia 6.2 combines all these features but is now confronted by professional Chinese competitors from all directions, which are expanding rapidly to Western markets. You can buy in Europe a Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 or a Realme X2 for almost the same € 250 as the Nokia 6.2. Is the brand name Nokia enough for those enticing Chinese phones to attract buyers? Is there one for Android? We’re not positive about that.
Most Oppo, Xiaomi and vivo midrange phones come in the retail box with a free cover, but the Nokia 6.2 doesn’t. It provides a small 10W plug, a USB-C cable and 3.5 mm headphones to its advantage, which is typically not included in Chinese devices.
The Nokia 6.2 is one of the cleanest phones around the design-wise. The phone even comes in a black color that is not mentioned, but the Ice paintjob we have here is the one for which to go. Due to the use of polymer resin, the frame has a good matte finish, while the back is mostly made of Gorilla Glass. The island of the lens has a perfectly accented edge.
You get a standard fingerprint scanner on the rear, and as it turned out most prefer one or vice versa to an in-display. We noticed it easily and there were no misreadings with it.
The front screen is a professional, 400 ppi IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080x2280px and HDR10 support. It’s about as good as an LCD can get, but it’s not quite as good as the best AMOLEDs out there (although in this price segment they’re certainly hard to get through).
On the rear of the Nokia 6.2 there are obviously three lenses, but one is a depth sensor used for portrait images. The other two are a primary camera of 16MP f/1.8 and an ultrawide snapper of 8MP f/2.2 13 mm.
We’ll analyze the performance of the main snapper in our full review, but in our Nokia 7.2 review we’ve already checked the ultra-wide lens-it’s larger than most ultra-wide on the market, but it only has the right detail and minimal dynamic range.
The Nokia 6.2 uses a 14 nm Snapdragn 636 combined with RAM 3 GB and 4 GB, which at this cost is a perfect setup. Nevertheless, some smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme X2 offer faster chips with up to 8 GB of RAM at the same cost.
What they’re not selling is safe apps for Android One. Now on Android 9 but on the way up to 10, Android One is fast and lacks no bloatware. Nokia guarantees up to three years of software updates to keep you safe for a long time. The Nokia 6.2 also has a physical button to dial Google’s assistant on the left.
The Nokia 6.2 brings a lot of value to around $250/€250/INR 16,000. It’s not without its competition, especially in Asia and Europe, as we’ve made clear in this article, and its rivals certainly pack more hardware benefits at the same price.
But there’s another point that the Nokia 6.2 doesn’t have to outdo any of its Chinese counterparts, but rather has always favored the steady and reliable Nokia phone loyal fans. It just seems to be that, but pause until you finalize the order-our analysis is due soon!