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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.
So this is a real contender.
And thanks to the eagle-eyed bloggers at Android Police for seeing this first.