Nokia 2, the anticipated entry-level Android smartphone from HMD Global, was launched in India on Tuesday. The smartphone, which is being marketed with the USP “2-day battery life”, sports a 4100mAh battery. Nokia 2 is built out of polycarbonate, but features a 6000 Series Aluminium frame, another highlight. HMD Global says the smartphone’s 5-inch HD LTPS display is best-in-class with a 1:1300 contrast ratio, and complete with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It also has access to Google Assistant, and HMD boasts it is the only phone in the segment with the feature. The Nokia 2 will launch with Android Nougat, but has a promised upgrade to Android Oreo.
In the $100-$150 segment, HMD Global cites a survey by Qualcomm and Counterpoint finds battery life is the single most desired (97 percent of respondents) quality of a smartphone, followed by display size and quality, 4G LTE connectivity, and a good camera. The segment usually sees first-time smartphone users, looking to upgrade from their feature phones, with Qualcomm President Larry Paulson adding that 600 million users expected to upgrade this year.
Nokia 2 price, availability
For now, the Nokia 2 price in India has not been revealed. However, HMD Global did announce a global suggested retail price of EUR 99, which is approximately Rs. 7,500. The smartphone will be available from mid-November, HMD Global said, in three colour variants – Pewter Black with black face and frame, Pewter White with white face, black frame, and Copper, with black face, black back, and copper frame.
Nokia 2 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) LTPS In-Cell Touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC (quad-core, clocked up to 1.2GHz) coupled with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front fixed focus camera.
As for storage, the Nokia 2 comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options on the Nokia 2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio with RDS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and proximity sensor. It measures 143.5×71.3×9.3mm, and is IP52-rated (for drip protection).