Nokia Brings a New Flip Phone With WhatsApp to Verizon

From PC Mag: HMD is dragging the classic flip phone into the modern age with the $79.99 2720 V Flip, a KaiOS-powered flip phone launching with Verizon on May 20.

The 2720 V Flip aims to bridge the gap between voice-only phones and smartphones, offering WhatsApp, Facebook, and Google speech-to-text in a form factor that looks straight out of 2006.

About 12% of Americans still have simple phones, and we reviewed a quintet of voice phones last week. The 2720 V Flip looks to have similar capabilities to the Nokia 6300 4G, which we quite liked, but in a flip form factor, which Americans tend to prefer. (Americans like flip phones; Europeans like bar phones. The reasons seem to go back to Nokia's dominance in Europe and Motorola's dominance in the US in the 1990s-2000s.)

HMD didn't send us a spec sheet for the 2720 V Flip, but it's probably similar to the international model. That one has a 2-megapixel camera, a 1,500mAh battery and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 chipset. The international model has dual SIMs, but Verizon's spec book requires a single-SIM device.

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