HMD Global has announced that it would begin sales of its Nokia 6 smartphone in the U.S. in early July. The product will be available in two colors and only from Amazon initially. The company plans to add two more colors to the lineup sold in the U.S. later this summer. It is noteworthy that the "official" Nokia 6 for the U.S. will cost less than it does in China, but will also come with a lower amount of RAM and NAND than on some other versions.

The Nokia 6 is currently the most advanced smartphone offered by HMD Global, which owns rights to produce phones and tablets under the brand. HMD and FIH Mobile (a subsidiary of Foxconn) jointly designed the smartphone with some input from Nokia itself. For the time being, all Nokia smartphones run pure Google Android 7.1 OS with all the upgrades, but no enhancements from the developers.

Visual aesthetics has always been a strong side of Nokia phones in the past and the Nokia 6 is not an exception. The handset comes in a 6000-series aluminum uni-body enclosure with flat edges that are milled using a CNC machine from a single brick of aluminum. To apply color, the chassis is anodized twice and then polished “no less than” five times to make everything smooth. At present, HMD Global offers the Nokia 6 in four colors: matte black, silver, blue and copper. As for the display, the handset is outfitted with a 5.5-inch FHD IPS display featuring 450 nits brightness, enhanced with a polarizer film and covered with round-edge 2.5D Gorilla Glass for protection.

At the heart of Nokia 6 there is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC (eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.4GHz, an Adreno 505 GPU, an integrated X6 LTE modem) equipped with 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB of internal NAND flash memory (4GB/64GB for China and Global SKUs). For local connectivity, the phone uses 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a microUSB port. As for imaging capabilities, the smartphone is armed with a 16 MP sensor featuring f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and a dual LED flash on the back as well as an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture on the front. An improvement over many inexpensive phones, the Nokia 6 has stereo speakers coupled with NXP TFA9891 amplifiers and Dolby Atmos software enhancement. The smartphone is powered by a 3000 mAh battery, which is in line with other smartphones in this class.

  Nokia 6 (U.S. Version) Specifications
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
8x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz
Adreno 505
RAM  3 GB LPDDR3
4 GB model for China+Global SKUs
Storage 32 GB (eMMC) with microSD slot
64 GB model for China+Global SKUs
Display 5.5-inch 1920x1080 (403 ppi) with 2.5D Gorilla Glass
Network 4G: Cat. 4 (Bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40)
3G: WCDMA (Bands: 1, 2, 5, 8)
2G: GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900)
LTE Down: 150 Mb/s
Up: 75 Mb/s
Audio Stereo speakers
3.5-mm TRRS audio jack
NXP TFA9891 amplifiers
Dolby Atmos support
Dimensions 154 × 75.8 × 7.85 mm
Rear Camera 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash
Front Camera 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Battery 3000mAh
OS Android 7.1
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB 2.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS
SIM Size 2x NanoSIM
Colors Matte black, silver, blue, copper
Price $229.99 for 3GB/32GB Standard Model

$179.99 for Ad Supported Model
$338.99 for 4GB/64GB International Model

The Nokia 6 in matte black and silver will be available for $229.99 from Amazon starting July 10. The smartphones featuring blue and copper finishes will be on sale later this summer on August 18th. Amazon Prime members can pre-order Nokia 6 in various colors with Lockscreen Offers & Ads for $179.99. In addition, Amazon offers the Nokia 6 International model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of NAND for $339 and without any warranty.

Nokia 6 (U.S. Version) Operator Network Compatibility
Data by HMD Global
Carrier Compatibility Rating Voice/Text 2G 3G 4G LTE
AT&T Partially supported + Bands 29 and 30 not supported
Sprint No services -
T-Mobile Supported +
Verizon Wireless No services -

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Source: HMD Global

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  • Diji1 - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    It's not absurd it's just that the world's largest internet advertising business care more about serving ads and collecting every single piece of data it can about you than giving you a choice of how to view your device. Reply
  • wiineeth - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    if they would have used snapdragon 625 instead of 430 it would be an instant buy for me! Redmi note 4 offers Snapdragon 625 and Bigger battery. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    Nokia 7 or 8 may come with something like that. Nokia 9 is supposed to have 835, so it will be high-end and also very expensive. Reply
  • celestialgrave - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    Imagine that, yet another phone not compatible with Verizon...shame they have the best coverage in my area. Reply
  • cfenton - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    It would be awesome if this thing runs smooth. It looks great on paper, but UI slowdown and stutters really ruin a phone for me. I still have an Xperia Z3, and this looks about as good (worse camera and SOC, probably) for a very cheap price. I'd love to see what they could do in the $350-$400 range. Reply
  • StrangerGuy - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    The $340 China/International version is a joke right? Yeah good luck competing with likes of Xiaomi Mi 5 SD820 phones that are priceed $100 less, you gonna need lots of it. Reply
  • ABR - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    Too bad it runs Android. I keep hoping it will improve, but it remains the Windows of the phone world. Function over UI at every turn, clunky, jerky feel, and grade school color and contrast choices. It was quite ironic that the company that originally made Windows made the un-Windows for mobile, and even more so that it died due to poor marketplace traction. It's good I guess that someone else is trying to jump in and make nice hardware, but there's never really been a shortage of that in the Android world, and as the lesson of HTC tells us, it's going to be pretty tough to survive with that differentiation alone. If the original Nokia/MS didn't make it, this never will. Reply
  • Mumrik - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    "but it remains the Windows of the phone world."

    Windows is the Windows of the phone world.
    Reply
  • yhselp - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    The international model is too expensive; it'd have been much better if it had a faster SoC instead of the added RAM and storage. Reply
  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link


    That SoC though, makes it a bit less interesting. 90 A53 cores won't stop jank on single thread bound situations, two A72s and two A53s would be better.
    Reply

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