Nokia 2 goes official with crazy low price point, decent design, 2-day battery life
Not yet, at least, with HMD Global once again focused on the low-end market segment, as well as bridging the gap between “dumb” and smartphones. Now, the Nokia 2 may not have Snake pre-installed, but it does run a “pure, secure and up-to-date” Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, with an Oreo update promise that’s extremely rare in the lightweight, sub-$200 division.
Mind you, the Nokia 2 isn’t going to cost $199 or $149, but rather a “global average” of €99, which will most likely convert into exactly $99 stateside. Due out around the world starting in mid-November, the 5-incher doesn’t look so hot… if you compare it with today’s Android flagships.
The screen bezels are about as thick as you’d expect from an entry-level handset, but in an unusual turn of events, the Nokia 2 “brings together crafted aluminum, Corning Gorilla Glass and sculpted polycarbonate for high durability with a sleek, modern design.” In translation, you only get a metal profile, combined with a good old fashioned plastic rear cover.
Still, this is a decidedly more elegant slab than your typical $99 device, especially with its frame painted copper and a black back. The other two options are an all-black version and a white-and-black combo, though the key selling point actually lies under the 2’s hood.
We’re talking a huge 4100 mAh battery, purportedly capable of keeping the 720p screen on for up to two days between charges. That wouldn’t be possible without a power-efficient quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor, which is unfortunately paired with a skimpy 1GB RAM.
The rest of the features are not great but they’re also not terrible, including 8 and 5MP cameras, 8GB internal storage, microSD support, optional dual SIM, 4G LTE connectivity, and IP52 drip protection.