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Verizon Picks Up Two Budget Moto Smartphones & More

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Verizon has three new budget-minded smartphones now available from the Nokia and Moto brands, including the Moto G Power, Moto G Play, and Nokia 2720 V Flip. Now, only two of these devices are Android handsets but each is certainly going to be worth a look. Especially for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend.

Moto G Power and Moto G Play bolster the Verizon budget Android line-up

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The biggest announcement from Verizon today is going to center around the LTE-ready Moto G Power and Moto G Play. Namely, the carrier is now selling the latest iteration of both budget handsets. Of course, both phones are engineered to provide all-day battery life with a claimed up to 72-hours of use. And that’s stacking atop 21 and 22 days of standby, respectively.

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The biggest differentiators are going to be centered around the designed purpose of each phone and the cameras. The Moto G Power, for instance, comes with a 6.6-inch IPS panel compared to the G Play’s 6.5-inch panel.

Both are at an aspect ratio of 20:9 and both are HD+ resolution Max Vision displays. But the Moto G Play is intended to provide more efficient performance with an octa-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Moto G Power is designed to keep battery life going while offering great camera features and more RAM to account for that. The latter phone ships with a Snapdragon 662 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB of microSD card expandable storage. That’s compared to the 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage in the Moto G Play.

While the Moto G Play ships with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper and a dual-sensor, 13-megapixel-led primary camera, the Moto G Power comes with more. Namely, a triple-sensor array led by a 48-megapixel snapper and 8-megapixel selfie camera. The Moto G Power also packs both fingerprint and facial recognition-based unlocking.

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Nokia 2720 V Flip is something else entirely, introducing smart aspects to the feature phone category

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Conversely, for those who want something else entirely, Verizon has also picked up the Nokia 2720 V Flip. As the name might give away, this is actually not a smartphone. Instead, it’s a “classic” feature phone in a flip phone format. But there’s more to this phone than just being old-school.

While the keypad is a large design for those who eschew the smartphone trend, and there’s an emergency contact button included for those who might need it, the 2720 V Flip also packs two screens. Those are LCDs and set at 2.8-inches on the inside and 1.3-inches on the outside. Harkening back to a simpler time in mobile.

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The real kicker is that this package is powered by KaiOS. Although storage and RAM are low here, at 4GB and 512MB, and while there’s only a 2-megapixel camera on the back, that means ready access to apps like YouTube and Google Maps. And, more than that, ready access to advanced apps built by Google for non-touchscreen devices, such as Google Assistant.

Pricing and availability

The more affordable of the new budget smartphones at Verizon are, of course, not the moto handsets. The 2021 Moto G Play, in Misty Blue, starts at just $149.99 or at $6.24 per month for 24-months. The Moto G Power, in Flash Grey, starts at $5 per month over 24 months with a new line. Or buyers can pick it up for $239.99 and buy it outright.

The Nokia 2720 V Flip starts at a much lower cost of just $3.33 per month over 24 months. Or it can be had for just $79.99 for those that want to pay the full cost for the Charcoal Black feature phone outright.

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