Will the 2018 Nokia 6 introduce this controversial new feature?

It would appear that the mid-range Nokia 6 was a hit, as Nokia – under the wing of parent company HMD Global – is preparing to release a second-generation model.

The so-called Nokia 6 (2018) was spotted on Chinese certification authority TENAA’s online database on December 12, with an ultra-tall, (near) bezel-less QHD display (18:9) and a Snapdragon 630 processor in tow.

That, as we’re sure you’d agree, is a significant improvement on the 5.5-inch Full HD screen (16:9) and Snapdragon 430 CPU found on the original Nokia 6, which launched back in January 2017.

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However, it also seems Nokia might make the controversial decision to move the fingerprint-scanning physical Home button from the front – where it sat on the Nokia 6 – to the back of the 2018 Nokia 6. This is according to a listing on the Taiwanese ePrice site, though the unpredictability of Google Translate means this could well be a red herring.

Should that prove to be the case, though, we’d imagine many Nokia fans would find it to be a nuisance, as reaching each around the back of your device whenever you want to exit an application is a pain.

Concerns aside, the Android 8.0 Oreo-powered Nokia 6 (2018) is also expected to ship with 4GB of RAM as standard (up from 3GB on the Nokia 6), 32GB of expandable internal storage and a dedicated dual-SIM slot.

The 2018 Nokia 8 seems likely to launch in China and other Asian countries first, and these specs may well be revised ahead of a wider global launch.

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