Nokia 2.1V leaks out as first Verizon-branded Nokia device in years

Nokia 2.1V leaks out as first Verizon-branded Nokia device in years
To say that the Nokia smartphone brand has performed well under the management of HMD Global is probably an understatement. In less than two years, the company has gone from selling no devices to being one of the top 5 brands across Europe. And now, according to Evan Blass, it seems HMD’s next focus will be the US.

While Android-powered Nokia smartphones have been available to purchase unlocked in the country for quite some time, it seems HMD is now aiming to take things a step further with a carrier partnership, more specifically one with Verizon

The first release will come in the form of the Nokia 2.1V, which will presumably be identical to the original Nokia 2.1 which launched this summer, albeit with Verizon branding on the rear. This means a 5.5-inch display complete with a 16:9 aspect ratio is to be expected. Also, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 will be included on the inside along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Other details should include an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, a large 4,000mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition.

Understandably, many consumers will be hoping for a much more powerful device such as the Nokia 7.1 or perhaps even the upcoming Nokia 7.1 Plus. However, it’s worth noting that this new device will allow Verizon to test the demand for Nokia smartphones in a low-risk manner. And if the carrier is happy with the results, it will pave the way for even more Nokia devices.

source: Evan Blass

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2.1
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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6 Comments

1. emvxl

Posts: 139; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Does this mean that this phone is restricted for use on Verizon only and cannot be used with any other carrier?

3. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1186; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Till now, Nokia has got good name for giving faster and stable Android updates. But with the need for Verizon certification, future will be...???

4. libra89

Posts: 2039; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is a nice surprise...

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whoa! What a pleasant surprise. This could bode well for HMD with its Nokia branded smartphones having a career in the U.S. to sell its smartphones. Lots of potential here, including the potential for Verizon screwing up the stellar update track of HMD. If this comes to pass, I hope HMD is able to bypass Verizon and send updates directly themselves, or that with this phone most likely being Android One, the updates coming directly from Google will bypass Verizon.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21017; Member since: May 28, 2014

*....being Android Go...."

7. xq10xa

Posts: 799; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Nokia 2.1 is so bad though... :(

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