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Nokia 6.1, an Android One member, hits the US this month

by Justin Herrick | May 3, 2018May 3, 2018 11:00 am PST

Now you can purchase HMD Global’s best budget-friendly phone in the United States. Following a tour overseas, the Nokia 6.1 is available from Amazon and Best Buy.

Both retailers just went live with their product listings as HMD is ready to hand off the phone to retailers by next week.

Crafted from a solid block of 6000 series aluminum, the Nokia 6.1 might not give away its affordability so easily. HMD spends two hours anodizing and polishing its exterior. The phone also has a two-tone finish that’s black and copper.

HMD made this phone mid-range, which is unsurprising. The company in control of the Nokia name for mobile devices has been locked in almost exclusively on inexpensive hardware.

Here, the Nokia 6.1 features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630, a 16MP rear camera with two-tone flash, an 8MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and Android Oreo. You’re spending just $270, so it seems like a pretty great value.

The biggest reason to purchase this phone over something like Motorola’s Moto G6 is its software. Rather than needing to rely on HMD for updates, owners of the Nokia 6.1 are in Google’s hands. The Nokia 6.1 is a member of Android One, a program that champions clean Android experiences and timely software updates.

The Nokia 6.1 will be officially released on May 6. As always, there’s a possibility Amazon and Best Buy ship orders earlier than that.

Buy now: Amazon, Best Buy

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...