The Nokia Sentry 5G and the Nokia 2780 Flip basic phone are coming to the US market

29. 10. 2022 Saturday / By: Robert Denes / Leakage / Exact time: BST / Print this page

One of the focus areas of HMD Global, which distributes and sells Nokia phones, has recently been the growth of the American market, and it has succeeded in growing in the United States. In the USA, the strategy includes cooperation with selected operator partners and launching products together with them.

Information about HMD Global's development and some future plans for the US market has now unexpectedly come to light in a webinar video publicly uploaded to YouTube, which covers 46 minutes of HMD Global's US product portfolio.

In addition to the phones that HMD Global will introduce to the American market in 2022, a smartphone named Nokia Sentry 5G will also be shown at the presentation as part of the schedule. Sentry is probably just a codename for the phone, and at launch the phone will have a more traditional combination of letters and numbers as a name.

The schedule image shows a small image of the Sentry 5G, based on which the phone's design is reminiscent of other Nokia smartphones, including the camera bump in the upper left corner of the back. There is a hole in the middle of the top edge of the screen for the front camera.

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The phone is "Rugged", i.e. more durable than usual. The phone is apparently equipped with at least a larger-than-usual reinforced bezel, but there is no further information on dust and water resistance. Other features include 6 gigabytes of RAM, 128 gigabytes of storage, 64-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear cameras, 16-megapixel front-facing cameras, and a 4,600mAh battery with 33W fast charging. Priced at $499 (GBP 429, EUR 500, INR 41051) in the US, the Sentry 5G will hit the market in the first half of 2023.

In the global market, HMD Global has had the long-lasting Nokia XR20 smartphone since the summer of 2021, and it is also worth waiting for its successor during 2023. However, it is not yet known whether the Nokia Sentry 5G coming to the American market could be sold elsewhere. Mainly aimed at the US market, Nokia smartphones have recently only targeted the US market.

In addition to the Nokia Sentry 5G, the timetable also mentions a new Nokia C3xx series 4G smartphone in the first half of 2023. As part of the presentation, the new Nokia 2780 Flip basic phone, which is planned to be released in 2022, was also presented more widely.

The Nokia 2780 Flip is an unlocked version of the previously US-launched Nokia 2760 Flip, which was sold in the US through Tracfone. The Nokia 2780 Flip offers almost the same features, but the difference is a microSD memory card slot, FM radio support, and blue and red color options instead of gray.

The Nokia 2780 Flip also includes KaiOS as an operating system version, so it is a so-called "smart basic phone". The Nokia 2780 Flip is expected to launch in the US in November for $89.99 (GBP 76, EUR 89 and INR 7321). In the global market, HMD Global offers the Nokia 2660 Flip, which looks similar to the Nokia 2780 Flip but has a different technical base.

With the new launches, HMD Global aims to continue growing in the US market. In the leaked presentation, it is said that HMD Global shipped more than one million phones to the US market in 2021, a 128 percent increase compared to the previous year. During 2021, HMD Global launched 10 smartphone models, one feature phone and one tablet in the United States. Nokia phones are currently sold at more than 33,000 points of sale in the United States.


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