Nokia 6.1 will be available in the US starting May 6

The anticipated Nokia 6.1 will be available to purchase in the United States starting next week, HMD has announced. The handset will be available through the online retailer Amazon and through Best Buy. This model brings more power than its predecessor, as well as a beautiful aluminum design, Android Oreo out of the box, and much more.

The Nokia 6.1 will be available to purchase from the aforementioned retailers starting this weekend on May 6 for $269 USD. This model features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, offering 60-percent faster speeds than the previous model. As well, the 6.1 has a more compact body sporting an aluminum shell.

HMD describes the process behind the finished product, saying that 11 hours are spent two-tone anodizing and then polishing the 6000 series aluminum from which the phone's chassis is made. The handset features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS 2.5D sculpted display with Gorilla Glass.

The Nokia 6.1 also features Dual-Sight, the maker's "bothie" feature that enables the front and rear camera to be used at the same time. The camera itself features ZEISS optics, plus there's spatial audio and USB-C fast charging.

According to HMD, the Nokia 6.1's 3000mAh battery can be charged to 50-percent in 30 minutes, that of course being possible due to the USB-C support. The spatial audio feature mentioned above enables users to record hi-fi surround sound for their videos, creating a more immersive experience. Rounding it all out is the ability to unlock the phone using one's face.

Finally, the Nokia 6.1 is an Android One handset; it runs pure Android, eliminating the things users may not like about other handsets, including custom UI elements. HMD says the handset features "a limited number" of preloaded apps.