Nokia wants to make it easier to get a decent phone at a reasonable price, and to that end the company has launched the new Nokia 2.2 — a refresh of the ultra-affordable Nokia 2, with a few new features and the promise of the upcoming Android Q.
The fact that the device will get Android Q is pretty notable — it’s currently one of the cheapest phones that will support the new operating system. Unfortunately, the phone will only be available in India, with a European release to follow.
Here’s everything you need to know about Nokia 2.2.
Design and display
The first thing to note about the Nokia 2.2 is that it offers a relatively modern design. The screen is almost edge-to-edge, with a small bubble-shaped notch at the top for the front-facing camera. The display comes in at 5.7 inches, with a HD+ resolution of 720 x 1,520 — which is pretty standard for a device in this price range. According to Nokia, the display offers 400-nit brightness, which is quite good, especially for a phone at this price. On the back, you’ll get a single-lens camera.
Notably, there’s no fingerprint sensor on this phone. Instead, it supports a face unlock feature. We imagine that the face unlock it offers will be relatively basic considering that it only has a single camera lens on the front.
Specs and camera
It’s perhaps what’s under the hood that’s more important. The device offers a MediaTek A22 chipset, along with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s a 3,000mAh battery too, which should get you through at least a day of use considering the relatively low-resolution display.
The rear-facing camera comes in at 13 megapixels, and is capable of recording video at up to 1,080p. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, sits in at 5 megapixels.
Software-wise, the phone will launch with Android 9 Pie, but as mentioned, it’ll eventually get Android Q as well. It runs on the Android One platform, meaning that you’ll get a stripped-down and smooth Android experience. That’s always a nice touch.
Price and availability
The Nokia 2.2 comes in two colors — black and steel. It’ll first be available in India for 6,999 rupees, with sales starting on June 11. Nokia also noted a European launch for 99 euros (4112 U.S.), but we don’t have a specific release date for Europe just yet.
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