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A partial view of an Android logo displayed on a LCD screen is seen through a Nokia logo in the central Bosnian town of Zenica in this photo illustration taken, February 25, 2014. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Nokia is officially back in the smartphone world with the launch of the Nokia 6, the Finnish company’s first smartphone under HMD Global and also the first since its breakup with Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft.

The new Nokia 6 features an aluminium unibody and a 5.5-inch full HD display (with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution) that’s wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. It sports the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with an X6 LTE modem, Adreno 505 GPU, 64 GB of internal storage and 4 GB of RAM. The world’s former number one phone maker says that the Nokia 6 should provide not only outstanding battery life and superb graphics performance but excellent sound quality as well, thanks to its dual amplifiers that supposedly deliver 6 dB louder sounds.

WATCH: First look at Nokia 6

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The Nokia 6 runs on Android’s latest operating system, Nougat, and also has Quick Charge 3.0. The mid-range smartphone equips a 16 MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and an 8 MP secondary shooter. Both cameras have f/2.0 aperture lenses.

The new handset is set for an early 2017 release, according to HMD Global. Unfortunately, the Nokia 6 is only going to be available exclusively in China for CNY1,699 (AUS337). HMD said that it chose China as the Nokia 6’s launch pad due to its huge number of smartphone users that prioritise premium craftsmanship.

“With over 552 million smartphone users in China in 2016, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 593 million users by 2017, it is a strategically important market where premium design and quality is highly valued by consumers,” said HMD Global.

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