Nokia 6.2 review

Kaloyan Ivanov, 14 Nov 2019.

Display

The Nokia 6.2 is equipped with the same display as the Nokia 7.2 - it's a 6.3-inch display with a 1080x2280px resolution in a 19:9 aspect - the math works out to a nice and round 400ppi. And just like the 7.2, the 6.2 panel is HDR10-capable LCD that Nokia brands PureDisplay.

Nokia 6.2 review

We measured a maximum brightness of around 514 nits when adjusting the slider manually, with a moderate boost to up to 580nits under direct light with adaptive brightness engaged.

We've gotten accustomed to seeing OLED displays most of the time, but for this LCD we need to mention contrast - we got a 1525:1 reading - a very good ratio but you may be seeing some glow in the blacks.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Nokia 6.2 0.337 514 1525
Nokia 6.2 (Max Auto) 0.39 580 1487
Nokia 7.1 0.377 490 1300
Nokia 7.1 (Max Auto) 0.465 600 1290
Nokia 7.2 0.371 498 1342
Nokia 7.2 (Max Auto) 0.421 585 1390
Huawei P30 Lite 0.39 480 1231
Huawei P30 Lite (Max Auto) 0.413 501 1213
Samsung Galaxy A30 0 433
Samsung Galaxy A30 (Max Auto) 0 548
Samsung Galaxy A50 0 424
Samsung Galaxy A50 (Max Auto) 0 551
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 0.347 460 1326
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Max Auto) 0.486 640 1317
Realme XT 0 447
Realme 5 Pro 0.273 512 1875
Sony Xperia 10 0.362 549 1517
Sony Xperia 10 Plus 0.381 583 1530
Nokia 6 (2018) 0.367 469 1278

Now let's talk colors. Out of the box, the phone comes with the PureDisplay feature enabled with Dynamic color mode switched on and an SDR to HDR upconversion magic on as well. If you leave the Dynamic Color on - you will be getting color reproduction tuned for the currently displayed content and thus don't expect accuracy to a specific target. If you leave it off - the display complies to DCI-P3 color space with a fairly good reproduction with an average deltaE of 4.7 with somewhat bluish white and grays.

There is this one toggle in PureDisplay that arrives in an off state - Auto white balance. It can help reduce the blueness, to a certain extent and lowers the average deltaE down to 2.5. However, that only depends on the ambient light - it's sort of like Apple's True Tone feature. It will adjust the display's color reproduction according to the ambient light temperature and potentially produce truer colors. The thing is though, while it will likely yield consistent results when exposed to the same light, you can't rely on it to give you the same colors between different environments.

Nokia says the 6.2's display is HDR10 compliant, just like it said for the 7.2's. And just like before, we just couldn't get YouTube or Netflix to agree on that, and we only got SDR streams from these two.

Battery life

The Nokia 6.2 is powered by a 3,500mAh battery - that's the same as Nokia 7.2's. The supplied charger is 5V/2A or 10W, and it will refill 35% of a depleted battery in 30 mins and reaches 100% in about 2 hours. Unfortunately, the Nokia 6.2 lacks Quick Charge support, so 10W is the best it can do.

We concluded our battery life test, and the results are far from impressive. The Nokia 6.2 can do north of 10 hours in web browsing mode or last you eight and half hours watching videos. All these numbers (plus the average standby power draw) work out to an overall Endurance rating of 73 hours.

Nokia 6.2 review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Nokia 6.2 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Loudspeaker

The Nokia 6.2 has a single loudspeaker diverting sound through 2 cutouts on the bottom of the phone.

Nokia 6.2 review

The speaker loudness is average, earning a 'Good' combined rating in our test. Sound quality isn't particularly great, and while it will do for ring tones, music videos sounded dull and uninspiring to us with muffled highs and non-existing lows.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy A30 65.9 66.6 68.4 Below Average
Nokia 6.2 65.6 70.9 79.5 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 64.8 71.2 82.2 Good
Nokia 7 plus 67.5 71.3 79.7 Good
Honor 9X 65.6 71.5 81.8 Good
Nokia 7.2 66.5 71.9 85.3 Very Good
Realme 5 Pro 66.3 72.9 85.8 Very Good
Nokia 6 (2018) 67.1 74.0 85.3 Very Good
Huawei P30 Lite 71.5 73.8 83.1 Excellent
Nokia 7.1 75.6 76.0 81.1 Excellent
Realme XT 68.9 74.3 89.8 Excellent

Audio quality

When it comes to output through the 3.5mm audio jack, the Nokia 6.2 was a near-perfect match for the Nokia 7.2. It did splendidly with an external amplifier with excellent scores top to bottom. The phone fared very well with headphones too, with the only thing to suffer being stereo separation and that a smaller than average hit.

Loudness was disappointing in both scenarios, which is something to keep in mind if you have high impedance headphones or like ear-busting volume levels.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Nokia 6.2+0.04, -0.04-91.090.80.00200.015-94.8
Nokia 6.2 (headphones)+0.03, -0.05-92.792.40.00170.029-67.9
Nokia 7.2+0.03, -0.04-93.093.20.00210.014-93.4
Nokia 7.2 (headphones)+0.05, -0.04-93.793..30.00210.029-75.1
Realme X2+0.03, -0.06-92.692.60.00200.0080-88.1
Realme X2 (headphones)+0.30, -0.37-87.291.00.00810.356-48.4
Samsung Galaxy A60+0.04, -0.16-93.693.30.00110.010-94.1
Samsung Galaxy A60 (headphones)+0.05, -0.16-93.593.00.00310.020-69.9

Nokia 6.2 frequency response
Nokia 6.2 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Yao

It is unfortunate to comment on Nokia phone. I am using Nokia 6.2, and its less than a year now but I don't like it, it freezes and keeps restarting. I hate Nokia phones.

  • Kannan k

Cons. At this price range 1.Both cameras not good 2.Battery 3500 mah not enough for nowadays. ( price range 5000,6000 mah available for 8300) 3.Rapid charge available instead of fast charging . ( Not enough). 4.So many pre installed app...

Well if you see my post again, i was answering a previous comment, not putting a brand new one.