HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the rights to manufacture Nokia phones, has announced that the new Nokia 6 will be coming to the US in early July. The press release says the phone will initially be sold exclusively through Amazon. There’s a distinct difference between a phone being sold exclusively on Amazon and a phone being a Prime Exclusive Phone, which is a phone that Amazon heavily discounts in exchange for adding lockscreen ads, but it’s starting to look likely that the Nokia 6 will be newest device to be offered through the Prime Exclusive Phone program.
I received a tip last month that the next Prime Exclusive Phone would be the Nokia 6. This phone was revealed in January as “the first Nokia smartphone powered by Android” but has officially not been released in the US yet. I couldn’t verify the tip at the time, so I didn’t post about it, but now that we know Amazon and Nokia have at least teamed up to sell the phone, it seems plausible that the relationship between the two companies might go deeper.
The Nokia 6 has been well-received thus far and seems like a very good mid-range phone. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16MP rear-camera, 8MP front-camera, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot, and a 3,000mAh battery. The Nokia 6 runs a completely pure version of Android Nougat without any added junk from the manufacturer.
HMD Global says the Nokia 6 will have a retail price of $229 and be available in silver and matte black. If the phone does join Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Phone program, I’d expect that version to be priced between $179 and $189. That would make it a solid contender to the $185 Moto G5 Plus, which joined the Prime Exclusive Phone list earlier this year. If things do pan out that way, it’ll be difficult choosing between the two phones. On one hand the Moto G5 Play slightly outperforms the Nokia 6 in benchmarks, but the Nokia has 1GB more RAM, better cameras, and better build quality.