HMD has introduced that the Nokia 6.1 smartphone is now formally obtainable within the US for $269. This system was initially introduced for different territories because the Nokia 6 (2018) in January, however someplace alongside the road it acquired a reputation change. The telephone additionally been trickling out to US retailers since April, however now HMD says that is the “official” launch, so inventory must be available.

The Nokia 6.1 is a vital smartphone as a result of, nicely, what number of different $200 to $300 gadgets are you able to identify? Within the US, there’s this one, the Moto G6, the Xiaomi Mi A1, and that is about it. With increasingly more firms focusing primarily on the $800 to $1,000 value ranges, something lower than that instantly has our consideration.

HMD is offering a superb quantity of hardware for $269. You get a Snapdragon 630 SoC—a giant improve over the Snapdragon 430 in final yr’s mannequin— and a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. There’s 4GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, 32GB of storage, a 16MP rear digicam, and an 8MP entrance digicam.

It has all of the ports you could possibly need, with a USB-C port, a headphone jack, and MicroSD slot. There’s additionally a fingerprint reader on the again. General the design seems nice—it isn’t an ultra-modern slim-bezel flagship, however with an aluminum physique and on-screen buttons, it is adequate for the value.

HMD has the perfect software program coverage of any Android OEM (subsequent to Google, no less than), transport “Pure Android” with common main updates and month-to-month safety updates. Whoever is writing HMD’s advert copy actually Will get It with the software program description, saying “Because it runs pure Android, the Nokia 6.1 comes with no pointless UI modifications or hidden processes that might eat up your battery life or gradual it down.” Out of the field, the US model of the Nokia 6.1 ships with Android eight.zero Oreo.

We’ll have to save lots of our full judgment for the evaluate, however on paper this actually looks like a well-made, moderately priced system that can really get software program updates. As a GSM system, this may work on AT&T, T-Cellular, and a ton of MVNOs, however Dash and Verizon nonetheless depend on CDMA and are not appropriate. HMD says Finest Purchase and Amazon can have the system in inventory Could 6.

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