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Nokia 9 vs. Nokia 6: What’s the difference?

The upcoming Nokia 9 flagship phone is a serious step up from the Nokia 6 handset, already launched over at MWC 2017. So what does the Nokia 9 offer in terms of specs and features that the Nokia 6 doesn’t, and is the premium mobile worth the extra cash?

The Nokia 6 is the leader of the new wave of Nokia handsets, fresh for 2017, and it’s about to be joined by a serious flagship-level handset in the rumoured Nokia 9. While the Nokia 6 already boasted pretty good specs for a very respectable €229 asking price, the Nokia 9 looks to bump up the tech for a proper premium price tag.

To clear things up, we’ve compared the Nokia 6’s specs with the heavily leaked Nokia 9 to see which handset might be best for you. Then hopefully you’ll know whether to splash out now for the 6, or to hold out a little longer for that fabled Nokia 9.

Check out our Nokia 6 vs Nokia 5 vs Nokia 3 comparison to see how the Nokia phones already launched in 2017 stack up.

Nokia 9 sports a dual camera

A very recent leak has shown off the rear of the Nokia 9, toting an up-and-under dual camera lens setup. We can therefore expect dual 13-megapixel cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation, dual-LED flash and support for full 4K UHD video recording, if this is on the money.

By comparison, the Nokia 6 comes toting a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. In our hands-on sessions this mid-range mobile seems well up to the task of everyday snaps, although we’re expecting more attractive results from the Nokia 9. Dual lenses should mean crisper photos and impressive bokeh-style effects.

Both the Nokia 9 and Nokia 6 will run the same OS

The Nokia 9 is rumoured to arrive with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box as standard. The Nokia 6 also comes with Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed. Both of these are stock versions of Android, meaning no skinned over extras. That should result in a pleasingly smooth experience and fast updates when Google rolls out new versions of Android.

Nokia 9 should be better for media lovers than the Nokia 6

The might of the rumour mill has revealed that the next Nokia 9 should come with a screen that truly dazzles. We’ve seen a couple of rumours now bigging up a Quad HD resolution OLED display, at a compact 5.2-inch size.

The Nokia 6, on the other hand, offers a decidedly mid-range Full HD display, 5.5-inches in size.

That 1080p smartphone screen on the Nokia 6 isn’t bad by any means, producing crisp images still even if it isn’t a Quad HD panel. Of course, since the Nokia 9 should have a slightly smaller display, that resolution to screen size ratio will be even greater.

Stick the two side-by-side and you can expect an obvious difference in detail levels. Also, the Nokia 9 is expected to boast impressive contrast levels and a fast refresh rate, ideal for enjoying action movies and sports on the go.

Nokia 9 will likely be much, much faster than the Nokia 6

Another area where the Nokia 9 should clearly beat the Nokia 6 is performance, thanks to a serious boost in processing power.

The Nokia 6 features an affordable Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU backed by 3GB of RAM. Solid enough for smooth everyday running and playing games, although you’ll likely see some slowdown before too long.

The Nokia 9 is allegedly set to arrive with the far more powerful and battery-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU running the show, backed by a staggering 8GB of RAM if some rumours are right. If this mobile really does show up with that much memory packed inside, this could be one of the fastest phones on the market outright.

Nokia 9 should have better battery life than the Nokia 6

Despite being more powerful and running a higher resolution screen, the Nokia 9 should boast a better battery life too. For one thing that Qualcomm 835 expected in the Nokia 9 is super efficient. Then that slightly smaller screen, despite its higher resolution, should help save valuable battery life.  

This could come down to battery size too though, as the Nokia 6 has a 3,000mAh battery packed inside its frame. If Nokia can’t cram anything larger into the smaller-screened Nokia 9 we may end up seeing only marginally better performance from the flagship phone.

The Nokia 9 is also rumoured to feature wireless charging, which is great if you really hate cables for some reason.

Nokia 6 should be considerably cheaper than the Nokia 9

The one thing that the Nokia 6 appears to have on the Nokia 9 is price. Since it has far lower specs, that’s to be expected.

The Nokia 6 will be priced at around £200 when it hits the UK in June while the Nokia 9 is rumoured to cost a hefty $700 (£545) and is said to be set for a June release also. However, since there’s no sign of a Nokia 9 launch in the next couple of weeks, we’d expect the Nokia 9 to be a month or two behind.

Check back soon for more info on the Nokia 9 phone.