The cheapest Nokia Android smartphone is almost upon us. HMD Global is set to launch a new smartphone in India at an event on October 31 and many rumours claim the phone in question could be the much rumored Nokia 2.
HMD Global, the company tasked with bringing Nokia back into the smartphone game has already launched four smartphones in India – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and the mighty flagship Nokia 8. The Nokia 2, as the name suggests, is expected to slot in below the Nokia 3 in the Finnish company’s Android smartphone line-up and act as an entry point into Nokia’s new Android world.
The Nokia 2 is expected to be priced at around 99 dollars which roughly translates to around Rs 6,500. We expect the Indian price to be even lower (maybe less than 6,000 rupees) as HMD Global has a penchant of pricing their products cheaper in India than the rest of the world – the Nokia 8 being a prime example.
The Nokia 2 is expected to be priced at around 99 dollars which roughly translates to Rs 6,500
What should you expect from Nokia’s cheapest Android smartphone? Well, if rumours and Antutu listings are anything to go by, the ‘little phone that could’ is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 212 processor paired with 1GB of RAM and a sizeable 4,000mAh battery. Admittedly, the Snapdragon 212 is quite a low-end processor but paired with a fast and fluid build of stock Android – that is a hallmark of Nokia’s Android smartphone line-up – performance should be reasonable.
The Nokia 2 is expected to run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box without any unneeded gimmicks, overlays or gestures. Basically Android as Google intended it to be. What is sure to set the phone apart from the crowd is HMD Global’s promise of timely software updates – both monthly security patches and yearly Android versions.
The 4,000mAh battery on board is sure to attract road warriors. The Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 8 deliver great battery life with just 3,000mAh batteries on board so the Nokia 2 is sure to deliver promising battery life. The phone is expected to come with 8GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card.
Images of the Nokia 2 leaked a few weeks ago by prolific tipster Evan Blass point towards a generic albeit functional design with a vertically placed back camera, on-screen keys and no home button. While the smartphone is set to to be made out of plastic, the build quality should be top notch going by the example set by the tank-like Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8.
The Nokia 2 is said to come with a 5-inch 720p HD display with 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and dual-SIM support. On the imaging front, the phone is expected to come with an 8MP camera at the back and a 5MP shooter at the front for selfies.
Along with the Nokia 2, there is an outside chance that HMD Global will also launch the Nokia 7 in India during tomorrow’s event. The Nokia 7 is a mid-range smartphone that plugs a huge gap in Nokia’s smartphone line-up – between the Rs 14,999 Nokia 6 and the Rs 36,999 Nokia 8.
The Nokia 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor paired with 4 or 6GB of RAM, the Adreno 508 GPU and a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support. Additionally, the phone comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection against nicks and scratches and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card.
The 4,000mAh battery on board the Nokia 2 is sure to attract road warriors
The Nokia 7 comes with two nifty features called OZO Audio and Bothie – both of which are also found in Nokia’s flagship smartphone, Nokia 8. OZO Audio allows 360 degree audio to be captured via the phone’s three microphones and Nokia’s acoustic algorithms. Bothie – Nokia 8’s most controversial feature – allows Dual-Sight video to be live streamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as YouTube and Facebook. Dual-Sight allows users to use both the front and rear camera at the same time in a split screen view. This feature can be utilised for both photos and videos.
The Nokia 7 also packs some serious imaging prowess. It comes with a 16MP rear camera with a pixel size of 1.12um, an aperture of f/1.8 and a dual tone flash. On the front, there is a 5MP sensor with a large pixel size of 1.4um, an aperture of f/2.0 and an 84-degree field of view.
If HMD Global decides to launch the Nokia 7 in India tomorrow, which is a bit unlikely at the moment, expect it to be priced somewhere in the vicinity of 20 to 25,000 rupees. The Nokia 2 however not only seems like a more logical choice considering how price sensitive the Indian market is – rumours also predicate its launch with much more gusto.