In case you didn’t hear the news, Nokia is indeed bringing their mid-range Android-powered 6 to the USA. It will sell through Amazon.com starting July 10th. Amazon will even deliver to Canada—with extra shipping and import fees, of course. Here’s the rundown in case you’re not familiar with the device:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
5.5 inch FHD display (LCD)
16 MP rear-facing and 8 MP front-facing cameras
32 GB of storage, expandable to 128 GB via microSD
3 GB of RAM
Android 7.1 Nougat
A quick glance at the specs on Nokia.com shows support for LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38 and 40. According to Amazon their unlocked version is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile at the very least, but there’s no band 66 support for Freedom Mobile in Canada.
It will sell for a pretty reasonable $299.99 USD, with a special Prime version—that is, Amazon apps and lock screen ads—coming later this summer. The Prime version should pique the interest of Android modders. I imagine that the XDA crowd would eagerly apply their mad skillz to liberate the phone of its Amazon cruft. Unfortunately things don’t look too promising on that front; Nokia has yet to release the kernel source for the 6, and overseas versions seem to have a locked bootloader.
I really hope that isn’t the case with what Amazon ends up selling on the 10th. Nokia would do very well to follow the path of Nexus and OnePlus, to embrace the Android modding community with their first American Android release. I think it would pave the way for even more interest in their flagship model 8, at least among early adopters and enthusiasts. Root access on a device with Nokia’s legendary build quality and camera tech would be a pretty killer combo.
Come on, Nokia… I WANT TO BELIEVE!