Nokia 6.1 officially launches in the US as part of Google's Android One family

99
Nokia 6.1 officially launches in the US as part of Google's Android One family
If you're planning to buy a new mid-range smartphone that doesn't cost more than $300 unlocked, as of this week, you can get an official US variant of the Nokia 6.1. Announced back in February (and known as Nokia 6 2018 in some markets), the Nokia 6.1 succeeds the Nokia 6 of 2017, bringing improvements on almost all fronts.

Made out of aluminum, the Noia 6.1 employs a unibody design, sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, and runs Android 8 Oreo. The phone is part of Google's Android One program, which means it'll receive timely software updates for at least 2 years from now.

The Nokia 6.1 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, further featuring 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging. On the back, the new smartphone has a fingerprint reader and a 16 MP Zeiss-branded camera with 4K video recording, while the front hosts an 8 MP camera. 

One thing that you definitely have to keep in mind is that the Nokia 6.1 is fully compatible only with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, so getting it for Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular is not a wise idea.

According to HMD Global (which develops and sells all Nokia-branded phones), the official US launch date of the Nokia 6.1 is May 6 - this Sunday. Both Best Buy and Amazon already allow you to order the new handset for $269 - via the source links below - but they won't ship it before Sunday. If you're not sure you need this new device in your life, our Nokia 6.1 hands-on might help you make a decision.  

P.S.: You may have seen a new Nokia 6 listed on Amazon last month, but that wasn't the phone's official US variant.

sources: Press release, Best Buy, Amazon
FCC OKs Cingular\'s purchase of AT&T Wireless