[Update: Nokia 2 V available now] HMD Global will bring Nokia smartphones to US and Canadian carriers

[Update: Nokia 2 V available now] HMD Global will bring Nokia smartphones to US and Canadian carriers

Update 1/31/19: The Nokia 2 V is now available from Verizon in Blue/Silver for $69.99

HMD Global has been pumping out Nokia-branded Android phones for a while now. Many of these devices are compatible with U.S. and Canadian carriers, but they’ve never been sold directly through carriers in North America. The company has announced partnerships with Verizon and Cricket Wireless in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.

The partnership will start small, with just two Nokia devices making their way to the carriers. Verizon and Rogers will offer their own version of the Nokia 2.1 (spotted earlier this month as the Nokia 2 V). Cricket Wireless will be offering the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The Nokia 2.1 is a low-end Android Go phone with a Snapdragon 425 processor and 1GB of RAM. The Nokia 3.1 Plus is slightly better, running Android Pie (Android One), Snapdragon 439, and 2GB of RAM.

Nokia 2.1 XDA Forum

Verizon will begin selling the Nokia 2 V on January 31st for a yet-to-be-disclosed price. Cricket Wireless released the Nokia 3.1 Plus today and it costs $159.99. Rogers will offer their variant later this quarter. While none of these devices will really “wow” Android enthusiasts, it’s a big step for HMD Global and the Nokia brand. A lot of people still know the Nokia name and equate it with quality devices. Breaking into the North American market is big for the company. Check out the spec sheets for both devices below.

 

Specs Nokia 3.1 Plus
Size 156.88 x 76.44 x 8.19 mm, 180g
Software Stock Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One) (upgradeable to Android Pie in the future)
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
RAM and storage 2GB/3GB of LPDDR3 RAM with 16GB/32GB of eMMC 5.1 storage; microSD card slot
Color options Blue, White, Baltic
Battery 3,500mAh
Display 6-inch HD+ (1440×720) 2,5D curved glass
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Rear camera 13 MP 2PD/AF/f2.0, 5 MP, BW/FF/f2.4
Front-facing camera 8 MP FF/f2.2
Specs Nokia 2.1 (2 V)
OS Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)
Display 5.5-inch 16:9 720p (1280×720)
Chipset Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
4×1.40GHz Cortex A53
GPU Adreno 308
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB, MicroSD slot
Rear camera 8MP
Front camera 5MP
Battery 4000mAh
Charging MicroUSB 2.0
Security Passcode
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
OTG, 3.5mm jack
Dimensions 153.6 x 77.6 x 9.67mm
174g

Source: HMD Global

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