HMD Global, the Finnish firm which manufactures the Nokia smartphones is set to capture the entry-level segment of the market with the cheapest Android Nokia device. Dubbed as the Nokia 2, the device was launched today in India at an event in Delhi. HMD has already released three devices in India this year- Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 which are priced at Rs 9,499, Rs 14,999 and Rs 36,999 respectively. The Nokia 7 is also announced and is expected to be priced at Rs 24,600 approx.
The Nokia 2 lives up to its brand name. The device manages to get a premium look with its design and build quality. The device sports a removable polycarbonate back which is fixed to a single frame. The device looks quite solid and can handle rugged use. It comes with IP52 rated drip protection. The Nokia 2 will be available in three colour variants: Pewter Black with black front and frame, Pewter White with white front and black frame, and Copper with black face and back with the copper frame.
In the paper, the smartphone features a 5 inch LTPS HD (720 x 1280) display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and will be powered by a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. HMD claims the LTPS display with 1:1300 contrast ratio is the best in class and also it consumes 15 % less power. We get a minimal 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM with the device which is a little less compared other devices in this segment. Along with that, the device gets 8 GB of internal memory.
The Nokia 2 gets an 8 MP rear camera equipped with PDAF and a 5 MP front shooter for selfies and video calling. The rear does include a LED flash, but a fingerprint sensor will be missed. HMD claims the Nokia 2 will be the first device in its segment to come with Google Assistant. The device runs Android 7.1.1 but will be soon getting an Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade. The device comes with a massive 4,100 mAh battery which HMD claims will run for 2 days with one charge. There will be other features like 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Dual SIM, FM radio with RDS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There will be a light sensor, compass, accelerometer and a proximity sensor.
HMD has been quite enthusiastic about the Nokia 2 and has great expectations from it. The Nokia 2 was launched in a metro station to give it a homely feel. Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, said that the device excels on the four main aspects of a budget smartphone – great battery life, a good display, 4G connectivity and good cameras. There is no word on the Indian price, but the company revealed the global price of EUR 99 which will be somewhere between Rs 6,000- Rs 7000. If the device crosses that price range, it will go up against devices that have more RAM and a better camera. Otherwise, it will compete against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4A and Moto C in the entry-level segment which consists of about 30% of the Indian smartphone market.