Deal: Unlocked Nokia 6.1 gets a rare $50 discount at Best Buy

Deal: Unlocked Nokia 6.1 gets a rare $50 discount at Best Buy
The Nokia 6.1 is a mid-tier Android smartphone with more than decent specs even for a $250 device. But when the phone's price drops well below $200, the Nokia 6.1 is quite the deal if you're looking for a cheap Android smartphone.

Although the Nokia 6.1 is available for purchase in the United States for quite some time, no carrier has picked this one up, so you'll only find through various retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Initially priced at $230, the smartphone is now on sale at Best Buy for just $180, which means you'll be saving $50.

The phone is brand new and comes unlocked, but that doesn't mean it will work with all carriers in the U.S. As a matter of fact, the Nokia 6.1 is only compatible with GSM networks, so you'll only be able to use it with AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as other carriers using the same standard.

It's worth mentioning that the Nokia 6.1 will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo on board, but you'll be able to upgrade it to Android 9 Pie right away, just check for the update once you grab one.

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17 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pretty good midrange smartphone with good performance and great build quality. The fact that HMD is great both security and OS updates is a huge plus as well.

2. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I have it. Just be aware that you're going to lose 12GB of space due to Pie and the double partition. If you dual sim, then you'll want to know it's a SIM/microSD or SIM/SIM slot.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have it as well. A lot of dual sim smartphones have that type of setup nowadays. For most people in the market for a midrange smartphone like this, the storage option is enough unless you need to use it for dual sim purposes. However, there is a 4/64 gig model available for purchase (from U.S retailers, as well) at a higher price for those wanting higher storage options.

17. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Yep. I was a moron and forgot to check the slot setup (I didn't need dual sim immediately). The system wasn't taking up so much space then, and with my SD installed I was happy. I needed to go dual sim a month or two back and am kicking myself now. Otherwise it's a solid phone and I'm happy with it. I just wish we had more android one options here in the states.

4. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. I had it myself, but I was having some issues with lag and slowdown which is probably from the limited amount of storage and 3gb of RAM. The phone is a fantastic phone but the 4/64GB model needs to be available in the US "officially."

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

The RAM wouldn't be the problem, the SoC would be. I recall someone else explaining that to you. The RAM is fine for a midrange smartphone that's on the lower end of the midrange, and the 4/64GB model is "officially" available on an "official" U.S. website. As long as one can easily get it there if that's the one they want, there is no real issue.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

With the 6.1 version lag is not a problem as it was with the first 6 and its SD400 series chip. In fact, it's one of the very few unlocked mid-rangers that supports T-Mobile wi-fi calling and VoIP. My problem with it has been the camera, it doesn't live up to the PureView standard. Maybe I'm spoiled by previous PureViews on Windows but it's not doing it for me. Even with the GCam port it's not very good. Even the Sony XA2 Ultra's camera is much better but the radios suck on the Sony. Oh well, it's life in the low-rent district.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, it's the SoC that would cause the lag, if anything, not the storage. The 6.1 performs relatively well. And even though the 6.1 has a Purview camera, it isn't up to par with the Lumia Pureviews, or even the Nokia 7 Plus, 7.1 or Nokia 8.1. It's a decent camera, but the Nokia 6 series as of now isn't known for its camera prowess. Now the 6.2 is supposed to be a different ball game altogether. The software of the camera should be much improved, much like the 7.1 and 8.1.

11. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I just know that when I was using it, I experienced some lag and stuttering along with the device getting warm. Now granted it may have been when I was getting it set up, but I still had some minor hiccups here and there. Plus the phone kept getting warm when I was just browsing YouTube and watching a few videos. What some don't realize is that a phone will start to act up when you fill the storage space up and that's far too easy to do with 32GB of storage.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's definitely the SoC that causes any lag or slowdowns, as you said, but some just seem to not know this, just like they don't know what SoC the 6.1 actually uses. Such a lack of knowledge about s smartphone that someone says they own that's supposed to be a "techie" of sorts makes you wonder if they own the device to begin with.

12. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The 4/64GB is not officially sold in the US with proper carrier band support, so stop spreading misinformation. You just don't want to hear that the 6.1 has some slightly negative feedback and that's just keeping it real. The user reviews on Amazon and Best Buy say everything that needs to be said.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

The 4/64GB is easy to obtain from an online U.S. outlet, and it carries U.S. LTE for GSM carriers, so do some actual research for once. You just don't want to hear the facts because they don't coincide with what you're selling. Keeping it real, the majority of reviews about the Nokia 6.1 are positive.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The 4/64 is the TA-1068 and supports Band 4 for LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile. It's also double in price if you want to spend that much money to get extra storage space that can be accomplished with a $20 SD card. It's not a perfect phone but for $180 you won't find a better deal unless you want to get a 2015 flagship languishing in Nougat or Marshmallow.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yup, and the 4/64 TA-1068 also has band 5, which is used for AT&T LTE as well. But you really can’t go wrong with the 3/32 at $180. Get a $20 SD card, like you said, and you’re in business.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's tough, if not impossible, to find a mid-range phone AT THIS PRICE and get the same feature set. The newest Moto G7 series still lacks NFC for mobile payment and it's always been heralded as the value leader.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely true. At this price, the 6.1 offers a pretty good feature set.

10. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I like the Moto G series, and I chastised them for not releasing the Plus here in the US which actually has NFC onboar. Don't get me wrong, I do like the the devices. I just prefer the 4/64GB models.

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