HMD Global will be looking to launch a decent number of Nokia smartphones in 2018 to capture some market share. So far we know that the company is working on a successor to the Nokia 6 mid-range smartphone, dubbed as Nokia 6 (2018). The name of the smartphone doesn't inspire confidence, but that's what we have for now to call the device. A new TENAA listing has revealed yet another variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) with model number- TA-1054, hinting that the device will come in two variants.
Two weeks ago, TENAA certified a Nokia 6 (2018) model with an 18:9 display and a few images were also listed by TENAA. Today's listing of the TA-1054 model also has the same images, but the specifications of this model differ. The first difference between these two models is the display. While the first listing suggested an 18:9 display for the Nokia 6 (2018), today's listing reveals the standard 16:9 screen for the TA-1054 model.
The Nokia 6 (2018) with TA-1054 model number will come with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. So, this model number may look similar to the original Nokia 6 which is currently retailing for Rs 14,999 in India.
Nevertheless, there are some differences in dimensions of the newly certified TA-1054 model and original Nokia 6. Firstly, the dimensions of the TA-1054 model are 148.8×75.8×8.15mm with a screen-to-body ratio of 73.2%, while the original Nokia 6 has 154×75.8×7.85mm dimensions and 70.7% screen-to-body ratio. Secondly, the weight of the smartphone is also increased to 172grams from the earlier 167grams.
The second important leak from TENAA listing is the processor. The TA-1054 Nokia 6 (2018) will come with an octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and other four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, and yes, it's a Snapdragon chipset. Going by the clock speeds, the processor may be Snapdragon 660 or Snapdragon 630. We're assuming that the Nokia 6 (2018) with the 18:9 display may come with a Snapdragon 660 SoC, and this TA-1054 model with 16:9 display will come with Snapdragon 630 SoC. This sounds much like Asus' convention of launching smartphones.
Both the variants will feature a single 16MP camera at the back, along with an 8MP front-facing camera. The TA-1054 model as per TENAA will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage with support for storage expansion up to 128GB with a microSD card. This model will arrive in three colour options- Blue, Black, and White as confirmed by the TENAA listing. Sadly, the listing revealed that the device would boot Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but there' still some time left for launch, so HMD might include Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.
With HMD certifying the smartphone, it is safe to presume that the launch is around the corner. Currently, it is said that HMD is planning for a launch event in China on January 19, where it will be launching a slew of Nokia phones such as Nokia 9, Nokia 8 (2018), Nokia 6 (2018)- two models, and a couple of 4G feature phones- Nokia E71 (2018) and Nokia 3310 4G.