The New Nokia 6 Comes to the U.S.

Posted on April 16, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 10 Comments

The New Nokia 6 Comes to the U.S.


Note: While trying to address a comment spam-related issue, we inadvertently deleted our live content database earlier today. So after recovering our site backup, I had to repost this article. Unfortunately, we lost any earlier comments to the original version. —Paul

HMD announced its new Nokia 6—sometimes called the Nokia 6.1—earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, promising a U.S. release in May. But it looks like that launch is happening a bit early, as you can now purchase the phone from Amazon or Walmart.

There’s no official announcement yet. But this looks like a solid, affordable mid-market phone with a premium design.

According to the Nokia website, the Nokia 6 features a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 630 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, and dual-SIM slots with all the connectivity options you’d expect sans CDMA (read: Verizon) compatibility. The cameras look decent, too, with a 16MP primary camera with dual-tone flash and a 8 MP selfie camera.

But this device is interesting for three reasons.

First is the price: It costs well under $300, a pittance compared to the $1000 price tags of today’s flagships.

Second is the design. It’s stunning, and it is built from a single block of aluminum. And it comes in three color choices: Black/Copper, White/Iron, and Blue/Gold.

Third is that HMD is using Android One, Google’s “signature PC for Android phones,” meaning that it ships with a clean Android image that is devoid of crapware.

So this is a real contender.

You can buy the new Nokia 6—not to be confused with last year’s original version, which was also sold in the U.S.—from ($269.99, affiliate link) or from Walmart ($276).

And thanks to the eagle-eyed bloggers at Android Police for seeing this first.


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Comments (10)

10 responses to “The New Nokia 6 Comes to the U.S.”

  1. X911ty12

    Would love this but no CDMA :(

  2. NoFlames

    I'm interested, will it work with AT&T? Also the Walmart website says it has 4GB RAM, Amazon and Nokia website both say 3GB RAM. I wonder if Walmart has a special version with additional RAM? It does cost more from Walmart than Amazon. Most likely just an error in the website specs, but if anyone can confirm from a real device that would be nice.

  3. mrdrwest

    Amazon doesn't know when or if this phone will be back in stock.

  4. peterh_oz

    As a user of the original Nokia 6 (after I lost my Lumia 950XL) I can say that this looks like an exceptional phone for the price. The 6(6.0) can be a tad slow at times, but for that price I can live with it. This new device should improve on that.

    Having said that, Android is still crap and I wish every day that Windows Phone had flourished.I can't begin to try to explain how awful it was to get, outlook (work), my contacts and calendar to cohabitate on the phone. Life was SO much easier with WP.

    • Stoicjim

      In reply to peterh_oz:

      I started out with Android phones and switched to a Winphone when they first came out and really loved the interface. Late last year I decided to switch back and bought the original Nokia 6. That lasted only a few weeks and I ended up giving it to my daughter and going back to my 950XL. I found the Android interface a hot mess to deal with. I've since bought another 950XL for when my original one dies.