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

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.

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6 (2018)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(16h talk time)

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101 Comments

1. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

This is good competition against the G6.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD/Nokia has already been great with the monthly security updates, and they’ve stuck to their word about full OS updates. This being an Android One smartphone will just make the full OS updates come faster. Definitely getting the Nokia 6.1 to replace my Nokia 6.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

We've pledged not to argue aggressively now but I guess a friendly advice won't hurt. I think you should try to get your hands on the upcoming Mi A2, if it's priced right in USA (unofficially) and compatible with the carrier of your choice. Has a SD 660, dual cameras, Android One with Oreo 8.1, and a larger, less-bezel display. Probably much better than Nokia 6.1 in many areas. I tried to keep it quite friendly :-)

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

No worries. I prefer Nokia, though.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Let me elaborate on why I choose HMD/Nokia: 1) Build Quality is practically unmatched. 2) It’s Android One also, so full OS updates are guaranteed for at least 2 years. (HMD/Nokia has made this promise anyway, and they’ve been keeping it). 3) Fast monthly security updates that rival Google branded devices in fast monthly security updates. They’ve even beaten Google to the punch. 4) Carl Zeiss camera. Been loving those since Nokia Symbian days. 5) Better audio. I tried to keep it friendly as well. :-)

31. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Good points. I respect your opinion.

15. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I wouldn't trust that type of phone, but that's just me. But at least it has Android One. I applaud you for being civil. No need to be confrontational with a different opinion.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

In any event, I’m pretty sure that since you and I are two mature adults that have no desire to take potshots at each other and speak the truth as we see it without the need for incessant trolling and resorting to fabrication masquerading as fact that we can pretty much get along from now on.

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

True that. I hope we can get along well from now on. And also try to comprehend each other in a better way so that misunderstandings may not develop between us. Peace to you :-)

42. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

If you truly believe that, you wouldn't have posted that. So I guess you are the only one who is masquerading here.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Triggered by my words because they actually speak the truth while pointing out own actions, huh? LMAO

52. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not the one who continues to throw indirect potshots.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes you do. You just won’t admit it.

62. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You are one to talk. You won't even admit that you have multiple accounts or that blackberry is a patent shark.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the dude that’s now on his 10th account and refused to admit that he admitted to trolling BlackBerry because of me in his first account, lol.

72. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol I still don't know what you are talking about considering this is my first and only account. I didn't admit to anything of the sort. Stop lying.

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! You’re not fooling anyone except yourself when you say that. And yes, you did admit that using your first account here.

82. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Just more lies and conjecture from you.

87. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Just more projecting from you.

92. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Just more assumptions from you.

97. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still more projecting.

9. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

You must be having a much better Nokia experience than I had. My 6 was a beautiful piece of hardware that ran much faster than specs would indicate but the phone feature was virtually useless. Dropped calls, muffled sounds on both sides through 3 units. Ugh. I'm stupid enough to get burned again though.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

I definitely have. I’ve been having an amazing time with my Nokia 6 2017 (PAUSE). I expect at least as much from the Nokia 6.1.

3. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This actually looks a decent phone with an appropriate price. HMD wants to make a comeback with Nokia phones then this is the proper way to go, not being stuck in the past expecting to sell on name brand alone with a high price tag. Definitely would consider it as a back up phone. My only concern is that security updates are guaranteed, but what about Android updates? I know nothing can compare to the Pixel phones when it comes to Android updates but this is using plain Android with no clutter. It sucks that the phone is only limited to T-Mobile and AT&T. Not like other carriers don't exist or anything.

10. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm pretty sure OS updates are also what is meant with the Android One program. And that's how I'm reading the last sentence of the second paragraph here. That should mean Android P and Q will hit this phone... If it had an Oled screen this device would probably go to the top of my short list.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Android One guarantees 2 years of OS updates. Even says as much in the article, lol.

21. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

To my reading (wikipedia) Android one updates used to be handled by Google themselves. I wonder if this will be the case here and now, or if the OEM's still have control of the release.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22522; Member since: May 28, 2014

I believe they are still handled by Google.

13. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I hope so. That's one reason why I don't want to abandon the Pixel boat any time soon. You can't beat guaranteed updates. I must be in the minority when it comes to a preference for LCD.

24. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, everyone has different preferences. I would have no problem owning a phone with something like Apple's Retina lcd display tech though. I just like how blacks are black on an oled, and perfectly blend in with dark bezels. And with the advent of "notches" an oled would be my choice for the reason I just mentioned.

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