Following last year's launch of the affordable Nokia 3 V, Verizon and Nokia are teaming up again to release a higher-end handset with 5G.
The Nokia 8 V 5G UW will be available from Verizon on November 12. You'll be able to buy it from Verizon's online store, in the My Verizon app, or at Best Buy, with pricing set at $699.99.
When it comes to specs, the Nokia 8 V 5G UW is similar to the unlocked Nokia 8.3 that launched earlier this year. It's got a 6.81-inch FHD+ display with a 24MP hole-punch selfie camera, though Verizon's Nokia 8 V 5G UW doesn't have the "Nokia" branding on its chin that's present on the unlocked Nokia 8.3 5G.
Around back on the Nokia 8 V 5G UW is a PureView quad camera array with ZEISS optics. It includes a 64MP main cam with f/1.8 aperture, RAW image capture, and 1.6 μm super pixels. The 12MP ultra wide camera offers a 120-degree field of view, f/2.2 aperture, and Super Night Mode for better low-light shots, and there's a 2MP macro camera for close-ups and a 2MP depth camera to help you with your portrait mode photos. Video recording features include support for 4K capture as well as recording at a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio.
There's Gorilla Glass on the front and back of the Nokia 8 V 5G UW, and sandwiched inside the body is a Snapdragon 765G processor along with 6GB of RAM, which is a little less than the 8GB on the unlocked Nokia 8.3 5G. Verizon's Nokia 8 V 5G UW also has a little less storage than the unlocked model, offering 64GB rather than 128GB, but there is a microSD card slot that'll let you add up to 1TB of extra storage if you need it.
Rounding out the Nokia 8 V 5G UW's spec list is a 4500mAh battery, USB-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, a programmable assistant button, and a fingerprint reader built into the power button. The phone comes preloaded with Android 10, but Nokia is promising two cycles of Android OS upgrades and 24 months of security updates.
Finally, the Nokia 8 V 5G UW is compatible with Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network, which is available in parts of 55 cities. It also supports Verizon's low-band 5G Nationwide network.
While the Nokia 8.3 5G is available unlocked in the US, it's good to see the Nokia 8 V 5G UW landing at Verizon, too. This launch gives anyone interested in the Nokia 8.3 the chance to buy the device through a carrier with monthly installments, which is important since many people in the US still buy their phones through their carrier.
This release could also expose more people to the new Nokia in the US. It's become one of the best Android device makers in terms of OS and security updates, and the Nokia 8 V 5G UW is guaranteed to get that same quality of software support.