The original Nokia 6 has a premium design for the money, and it looks like the newly announced Nokia 6 (2018) will retain that, while upgrading the specs. The main change is the use of the mid-range octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset, up from the fairly low-end Snapdragon 430 used in the previous model.
Performance should get an additional boost from the 4GB of RAM that comes as standard (where the original came with either 3GB or 4GB). The design has also been tweaked, with the fingerprint scanner moving to the back, navigation buttons being moved on-screen and the dimensions changing, as the Nokia 6 (2018) comes in at 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.25mm (or 8.6mm where the camera juts out). That makes it smaller but slightly thicker than the 154 x 75.8 x 7.9mm original Nokia 6.
Moving the fingerprint scanner to the back likely means that the bottom bezel of the new phone is also slightly smaller, but the metal-heavy design is otherwise similar, and so are the rest of the specs.
How to sign up for Nokia 6 Android 8.0 Oreo open beta
So, how do you sign up to receive the open beta build of Android 8.0 Oreo for the Nokia 6? Head over to Nokia phones beta labs, and sign up with your Google account. After registering with IMEI number and other details, Nokia 6 users will get an Android 8.0 Oreo software update notification within 12 hours of registration. The update is rolled out over-the-air.
Nokia 6 users should back up their devices before proceeding to install the Android 8.0 Oreo beta update. Notably, users have the option to roll back to Android Nougat if the Oreo beta feels too buggy for them.
With the Android 8.0 Oreo beta update, Nokia 6 users can expect features like Autofill, Picture in Picture, Notification Dots, Google Play Protect security scans, and faster boot times.
“Just one week after the Nokia 5 Android Oreo beta labs programme, we are delighted to offer the same opportunity to Nokia 6 owners. With the Android Oreo beta on the Nokia 6, you can take a first look at amazing new features that improve usability and multi-tasking, while boosting battery life,” HMD Global said in a statement about the beta update’s availability.