In order to cement its position as a leading Android smartphone manufacturer, Nokia has just launched the Nokia 2. At 99 Euros (global average retail price) which roughly translates to Rs 7,000, the Nokia 2 slots in below the Nokia 3 in Nokia's Android smartphone line-up and acts as an entry point into the iconic brand's all-new Android world.
According to Juho Sarvikas, HMD global chief product manager, the four things people expect of a cheap smartphone are - great battery, a good display, 4G and good cameras. And the company claims the Nokia 2 delivers on all these fronts.
Unveiled at a metro station in Delhi - in amongst the masses so as to speak - Nokia's cheapest Android smartphone packs quite a punch for its price. There is a massive 4,100mAh battery on board, 8GB of internal storage expandable via a micro SD card, a gigabyte of RAM and 4G VoLTE support.
There is a 5-inch 720p HD display on board with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection against nicks and scratches.
The Snapdragon 212 processor on board is a little disappointing though. However, just like the rest of Nokia's Android line-up, the Nokia 2 also runs on stock build of Android Nougat devoid of any extraneous overlays, bloat or skins - which should help performance quite a bit.
HMD Global claims the Nokia 2 is capable of delivering up to two days of battery life thanks to the power efficient Snapdragon 212 platform. The Nokia 2 is also the first phone in the world to be powered by the 212 SoC.
Just like the Nokia 8, the Nokia 2 is milled out of a single block of series 6000 aluminium - a rarity in this price segment. HMD Global also claims it is the first phone to come with Google Assistant in this price range.
While the Nokia 2 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, it is is confirmed to get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo very soon. The smartphone also comes with HMD Global's promise of timely updates - both monthly security patches and yearly Android versions.
On the imaging front, the Nokia 2 comes with an 8MP camera at the rear paired with a 5MP shooter up front for selfies.
The Nokia 2 has been launched globally in India - it will retail for 99 Euros and will go on sale in mid November across the world.
When it launches in India, it will face tough competition from the likes of the Moto C Plus and the Xiaomi Redmi 4A.