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
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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  • VirusTheory - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    Oh how I wish to have a Nokia phone with flagship specs again. Maybe that day will come again if this sells well enough
  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    The 9 will, iirc.
  • Marlin1975 - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    Why? $230 for a snapdragon 430 based phone that doe snot even work with all networks?
    Moto has been doing the right thing IMO. Better chipset and unlocked for all networks for the same price as phones like this.

    Can't wait to see the SD 450 phones. That should offer a good bang for the buck if it has 3gb of ram or more.
  • haukionkannel - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    The main points of Nokia 6 are very durable and well done body and pure android.
    So not something you use for hard gaming, but a durable and good looking phone with good sound quality and reasonable camera at very reasonable price.
  • Novaguy - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    Snapdragon 430, with its 8x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz and Adreno 505, seems be more similar to snapdragon 616/617/625/626/630 series, which are also built on 8 A53 cores and Adreno 405/506/508 gpus.

    My guess is now that the Snapdragon 660 has moved to Kryo cores, Qualcomm is simply moving the old 6xx series A53 based technology into the 400 series.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    The 6 series models you listed have either 4+4 BIG.little core configs or 8 substantially higher-clocked A53 cores. For example the lowest 600 series that uses 8 A53 cores clocks them around 2Ghz. The 617 and up have more memory bandwidth than the 430, and the 625 and up have a faster GPU.

    I understand what you're saying, but they're not just pushing rebranded 600 series down the line. Whenever they come out with new chips, they make tweaks and/or substantial improvements. It's just that in the pursuit of improvements, the lower-end chips "catch up" with the older-gen mid-level chips.

    For example, the upcoming SD 450 will have nearly caught up with the 626. But you've already got 65x chips with a faster CPU, faster GPU, and twice the memory bandwidth. In roughly the same launch timeframe as the 450 (if not sooner) you'll see 630/660 chips.
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    Also, the upcoming 630 I mentioned still uses A53. That's why they slotted it numerically below the 65x series, despite being a newer release. So "old 6xx technology" is still in use in new 600 series chips, where it makes sense. They wanted to fill the gap between the older 62x chips and the 65x and above, both in terms of cost and performance. The 450 doesn't fit that bill, given it's still slightly slower than a 626.
  • ET - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    "doe snot". Now I can't get the image of Bambi's mother sneezing out of my head.
  • SaolDan - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    Pure android for $230. Yes.
  • Mavendependency - Monday, July 3, 2017 - link

    You can have pure android on shitty $60 lenovo phones. Just because the nexus pixel has the same AOSP look, it doesn't mean that it will automatically qualify a phone for the same benefits you get there. Let's not conflate nexus and AOSP look.
    I just dislike the green accent used everywhere in AOSP, it looks worse on AMOLED.
    Goodlock in touchwiz can let you have the AOSP notification slider with all colours customizable. It is just absurd that a side project of touchwiz systemUI team has more customization options than Stock Android.

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