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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  • Boogaloo - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    One chart omits band 12 support, another says full TMO compatibility. Something ain't right.
  • coolhardware - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - link

    I don't the article actually links to the $179 version? Here is a link: (url shortened)
    Personally, I'll just pay full price.... but it's nice to have the option :-)
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - link

    So a standard ODM (Foxcon) phone. On the plus side it's T-Mo and Dual SIM. On the minus it's 100% Meh.

    That price needs to come down if they intent to compete with BLU on Amazon.
  • boxner1 - Thursday, July 6, 2017 - link

    This is how you compete:
  • StrangerGuy - Thursday, July 6, 2017 - link

    Yeah because those people buying those <$100 China phones with similar specs are going to give a shit about security updates. Wait, I don't think 99.999% of Android users gives a crap either.
  • jmunjr - Thursday, July 6, 2017 - link

    I'm guessing once again no replaceable battery. I wish more people demanded this. I have no odea how people manage to use their phones relying on a charging cable to get their phones functional again. I just swap batteries. Portable chargers are nice but not as efficient and they have to be plugged in to you phone.
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