A single Series 6000 Aluminium Block makes up the body of the phone. You will also feel the weight of the Aluminium build in your hands. That being said, this phone is not like the other metal phones that you see in the market. This phone has 6 layers of ceramic coating on the back (this is what HMD Global says 🤷🏻♂), which is why you don’t see any antenna lines on the back of the phone like other metal phones.
The phone comes in 2 color variants – Black/Copper and White/Copper. My phone is the Black/Copper variant, with a matte black back and a copper accent running around the frame, as well as on the sides of the camera, the fingerprint sensor and the Nokia logo written on the back of the phone.
The phone comes with a dual camera setup with Zeiss lenses, highlighting the company’s partnership with HMD Global for the phone. Then there’s a dual-tone LED flash on the right of the camera bump. Below the camera, we have a fingerprint sensor, a common feature in all phones now. Also, there exists a secondary noise-cancellation microphone above the camera bump.
Perhaps the USP of this phone is the Android One branding written on the lower side of the back. Then there’s some more text below it – Model Number (TA-1046), Made In India branding, and HMD Global’s address. (Don’t go by Made In China in the image)
Coming to the front, we have a 6-inch 2.5D IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2160×1080 in an 18:9 aspect ratio. Now, this doesn’t mean that this is a full-screen phone with bezels on the top and the bottom, and minimal side bezels. Since it is a 2.5D display, it curves towards the edges of the phone.
On the top, we have the proximity sensor, hidden due to the black background. We also have the earpiece, which doesn’t double up as a speaker. At last, we have the 16MP front camera, followed by the iconic Nokia logo in the top right corner.
On the left edge of the phone, you will see the SIM card slot. In the Indian variant, this holder can have either 2 nano SIMs or 1 nano SIM and 1 MicroSD Card, with a capacity of up to 256 GB. While other phones around this price point are giving 512 GB of expandable memory, it is sad to see this phone providing only half the storage. Despite this, 64 GB internal storage will not fill up fast.
On the right edge of the phone, you will see the volume buttons and the power button arranged in that particular order. There’s a style quotient in the phone because of the copper accent throughout the frame. With the style box checked, the buttons are good. It gives that crisp, tacky sound when clicked. Despite this, it is not too difficult to press those buttons either, you would just press them like on any other phone.
On the top edge, you will only find a headphone jack (luckily, at this price point). I will surely miss the IR blaster from the Redmi Note 3 (my previous phone). On the bottom edge, you will find the microphone, charger input slot as well as the speakers.
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
The phone’s physical dimensions are 158.4 x 75.6 x 8.0mm. This phone weighs at 183g, 19g more than my previous phone, Redmi Note 3. Despite that, the increase in weight doesn’t seem to be much, indicating that the weight has been distributed properly throughout the phone. The weight is definitely better distributed than the Lenovo P1m which weighs 143g. With my experience, the Lenovo P1m felt heavier than this.