No matter how many Android handsets HMD releases, it’s the remakes of Nokia’s classics that generate the most hype. We’ve already seen new takes on the iconic 3310, the 8110 (aka the “banana phone”), and the music-focused 5310. But nothing screams the noughties like a flip phone. Well, HMD actually released one of those in 2019 with the Nokia 2720 Flip (an updated version of the 2720 Fold), but it wasn’t available in the US. That’s about to change, though, as the feature phone is heading to these shores on May 20th as an exclusive to Verizon (Engadget’s parent company).
Of course, the best thing about a flip phone is that you can clasp it shut to end a call, which is immensely more satisfying than thumbing a screen. That, along with a keypad, may justify the $80 price tag for some. Well, as long as you can adjust to the tiny 2.8-inch screen. Meanwhile, an even smaller external display shows you who’s calling and lets you check your notifications.
Apart from that, the new 2720 is best summed up as a feature phone with some bells and whistles. Extras include 4G connectivity, Google Assistant, a web browser, access to a pared-down KaiOS app store featuring Facebook, WhatsApp, and some mobile games. The lack of background apps also means the battery will last a lot longer than a smartphone’s. You can grab the Nokia 2720 V Flip on May 20th from Verizon’s online store or the My Verizon app.
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