HMD Global's direct sequel to the Nokia 6 which was launched earlier this year is gaining a bit of grip in the realm of leaks and rumors, with recent reports suggesting that the 2018 model will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, and will likely be officially introduced in the earlier part of next year. Specifically and not unlike the first model, the Nokia 6 (2018) is now rumored to be officially introduced in China as early as January next year, however, for the global market, the Finnish manufacturer will bring the device to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona one month later in February 2018.
Recent rumors indicate that HMD Global intends on introducing the Nokia 8 (2018) and Nokia 9 in China on the 19th of January, and apparently, the Nokia 6 (2018) could follow the same release schedule, at least in the Far Eastern country. As expected, the 2018 model will introduce a number of updated features and improvements, one of which will reportedly lie in a new chipset. The original Nokia 6 released earlier this year employed Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 silicon housing eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.4GHz and an Adreno 505 graphics chip, but if the recent rumors turn out to be true then the Nokia 6 (2018) should make use of a newer chipset from Qualcomm, namely the Snapdragon 660. The silicon was officially introduced in May 2017 and features four Kryo 260 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.84GHz, an additional four Kryo 260 cores operating at a frequency of 2.2GHz, and an Adreno 512 graphics chip.
The upcoming Nokia 6 (2018) is also rumored to feature 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board memory, but as yet it's not clear whether the device will be launched in different storage and RAM configurations. It also remains to be seen if the device will retain the current generation's 16:9 aspect ratio or adopt a more modern 18:9 form factor. Either way, the smartphone is expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, but while the variant planned for China will likely feature a heavily modified Android skin on top of the operating system, the international model will probably offer a user experience much closer to stock Android Oreo.