July Launch of Nokia 6 at US$229 Marks Comeback of Nokia Phones in U.S.

Nokia is back! After Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, it is now time for Nokia 6 to make appearance on the big-stage smartphone market. Having owned the rights to put Nokia-branded phones on sale, Finnish company HMD Global has announced its intentions to sell them by early July through Amazon. The outright buy of Nokia 6 will cost US$229.0 only. Although the Snapdragon 430 chip may not be as competitive as Snapdragon 625 loaded in Moto G5 Plus, a current top challenger, it could be just enough to get users through most essentials.

Features to Draw Android Enthusiasts on Budget

Nokia 6 has offered a decent set of features expected from a budget smartphone, including a 3,000mAh battery, 16mp rear and 8mp selfie cameras, 32GB ROM expandable up to 128GB and 3GB RAM, Android 7 Nougat (near-totally clean version), and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The phone has been promised to stay on the top of the monthly security patches by Google and provide faster software updates compared to a majority of third-party Android devices. It may not have the bezel-free display of more premium phones, but the phone boasts of a relatively clean and solid aluminum hardware.

Nokia 6, a Nokia Device in Name Only

While the actual ‘Nokia’ brand still exists but away from the consumer phone business, Nokia 6 by HMD Global has only taken the brand name. Besides BlackBerry, Nokia has been a victim to the domination of Apple and Google in the smartphone business. The calamitous partnership with Microsoft seemed to have done no good to Nokia. HMD Global launching Nokia-branded phones reminds of a similar strategy adopted by TCL. The Chinese company used BlackBerry’s software and branding to attract eyeballs for its Android phones such as BlackBerry KeyOne.