Nokia 2 V Tella is an $89 budget phone for Verizon with the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC

Nokia 2 V Tella is an $89 budget phone for Verizon with the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC

HMD Global’s Nokia smartphone lineup is pretty straightforward: the lower the model number, the lower-end the device. For example, the Nokia 1 is the lowest-end device from the company, while the Nokia 9 PureView is the company’s highest-end model. But there are also secondary models that branch off from the main line, and the differences between these devices can get pretty confusing. Case in point, the new Nokia 2 V Tella: A new budget smartphone announced today that’s available for Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. The Nokia 2 V is essentially a rebranded Nokia 2.1, so the new 2 V Tella seems to be more of the same. For its price, it seems to actually be a pretty decent phone for Verizon customers in the U.S. who have a lower budget.

The Nokia 2 V Tella isn’t exactly what you’d call a speed beast. After all, it is focused on the essentials only. The MediaTek Helio A22 system-on-chip is fabricated using a 12nm manufacturing process and has a quad-core CPU configuration consisting of four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.0 GHz. It is a pretty outdated chip, having launched in mid-2018, but it’s not a bad processor for the price. Because of the modem in this chip, you obviously won’t find fancy features like 5G connectivity. This is the same chip that is found in the Nokia 2.2 and Nokia 2.3, after all. The other new Nokia 2-series device, the Nokia 2.4 brings a slightly better MediaTek Helio P22 chip.

As for the rest of the specs, you have a 5.45″ HD+ resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, so no fancy bezel-less design will be found here. Its dimensions measure 5.93″ x 2.82″ x 0.36″ and it weighs 6.35oz. The phone has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The 3,000 mAh battery is hardly impressive considering the Nokia 2.3 had a 4,000 mAh one, but it should still be able to provide decent battery life considering the device’s internals. Plus, it’s apparently removable. Surprisingly, the phone has a USB Type-C port, which you sometimes still don’t see at this price point. The phone supports charging at 10W, though only a 5W charger is included in the box. Unsurprisingly, though, the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which you do still see at this price point. There’s a dual rear camera with an 8MP and 2MP sensor, as well as a 5MP front-facing one. Finally, the device is running Android 10 out-of-the-box and has a Google Assistant key.

What is great, though, is the price: HMD Global says the Nokia 2 V Tella will be available on Verizon for $168 in a blue color. What’s a bit confusing, though, is that HMD Global’s press release mentions that the device will also be available at Walmart for $89. We’re not sure why there is a discrepancy, but the phone has already been listed on Walmart.com at this price, so we don’t think it’s a mistake. Regardless, this is a fairly decent price for a carrier phone in the U.S., as you’re getting a dirt-cheap device that will work straight out of the box on Verizon’s network.

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