Nokia 6 marks the return of an old friend

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Look who's back.

Nokia, the powerhouse phone brand that dominated the planet as the millennium turned, returned to Mobile World Congress today with two new phones, the Nokia 6 and the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition.

Running on Android (no, not Windows Phone), the phones are part of a comeback strategy to regain a footing in an industry that Nokia helped create. The resurrection comes not from Microsoft, which absorbed the original Nokia's phone business in 2014, but from HMD, a new company formed of former Nokia employees that licensed the Nokia name.

Also announced today were two midrange Android phones, the Nokia 5 and 3, and a (very fun!) rebooted version of the classic Nokia 3310.

It's exciting news for nostalgic fans, but put aside your hopes for classic Nokia features like a kooky keyboard or a battery that will last forever. No, the Nokia 6 and 6 Arte Black Limited Edition take a straightforward "black rectangle" phone design with features that we've seen before.

Still, that's not to say that the handsets are completely dull. The polished skin is carved from a single block of aluminum, HMD says. I'm not quite sure what the benefit is there, but the result is a pleasantly shiny and smooth design. Simplicity rules here, and there's nothing wrong with that. It even reminds me a bit of the not-so-old Lumia phones, which always were classy in their own right. You'll be able to get the Nokia 6 in two shades of black plus silver, blue and copper.

Feature-wise, they're almost the same except that the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition has more memory and storage, and a slightly glossier black finish. On both phones, the 5.5-inch display is full HD and covered by Gorilla Glass. Inside is a pure form of Android Nougat. That means no bloatware or special skins, both of which are welcome moves. HMD is pushing "immersive entertainment" as the most prominent features. You'll find a 16-megapixel camera, dual speakers and an amplifier with Dolby Atmos tech.

The Nokia 6 is already sold in China, but now it will be landing in other countries with a 229 euro price tag. That converts to $240, £195 or AU$315. The Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition will sell for 299 euros, which converts to $315, £250 or AU$410. Nokia has not announced a release date or the specific markets for either phone.

Nokia 6 and 6 Arte Black Limited Edition specs

  • 5.5-inch screen with 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass
  • 16-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (Nokia 6)
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition)
  • microSD card clot (up to 128GB)
  • Aluminum chassis
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Diagonal Size 5.5 in
  • Weight 5.96 oz
  • Technology GSM/CDMA/HSPA/EVDO/LTE