Earlier today, HMD Global announced the latest addition to the company's US smartphone lineup. Called Nokia 3.1, the phone will be available on AT&T and Cricket Wireless such as the Nokia 3.1 A and Nokia 3.1 C respectively.
In terms of specifications and features, the two phones are virtually identical. This means a 5.45-inch screen with HD + resolution, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera and a USB-C port. The phone also has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB expandable storage, and a clean version of Android 9 Piece.
Oh, and there's a top-mounted headphone jack.
Talk to The Verge, HMD Global said Nokia 3.1 was not part of the Android One program. However, the phone will receive the OS and security updates over the next 18 months with a regular cadence and as often as possible.
HMD Global also noted the difficulty of breaking into the US market. That's why it wants a strong foothold with cheaper devices:
We started more than a year ago with our initial raids on the US market with unlocked devices by Amazon and Best Buy. This year we started with some carriers in the US to see how Nokia can go to a larger scale here.
The US can finally see more premium offers. Until then, the Nokia 3.1 A will be available at AT&T and "Walmart stores select" from 10 June. The Nokia 3.1 C will be available at Cricket's physical and online stores starting June 14. HMD Global will raise prices as soon as the phones are available in stores.