Nokia 2 price will be critical in India; and we don’t know that yet
Nokia 2 offers pure Android experience and a big battery, but HMD Global will need to keep the price down
Finnish company HMD Global, which owns the license to manufacture and sell Nokia smartphones, has announced a new smartphone called Nokia 2. It will cost €99 (around Rs 7,465) and will be available from mid November onwards worldwide including India. Though the announcement was made in India, surprisingly enough, the India specific price of the smartphone has not been revealed.
We take a look at the key highlights of the Nokia 2 and where it stands in comparison to other smartphones in this segment such as the Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Rs 6,999 onwards).
The notable elements include a 5-inch LTPS LCD screen with Gorilla Glass 3 and resolution of 1,280x720p. The exterior is made of polycarbonate plastic while the side panel is enforced with an aluminium frame to protect the smartphone against accidental drops. It will be available in three colour options — copper black, pewter white and pewter black. There is no finger print sensor on it, which is a bit of a letdown. In comparison, the Redmi 4 has a full metal body, offers a finger print sensor on back, and comes with a bigger 5-inch display with resolution of 1,280x720p.
The Nokia 2’s innards are pretty run of the mill. It is driven by Qualcomm’s entry-level Snapdragon 212 quad core processor with 1GB RAM, offers 8GB internal storage with micro SD card support and packs in a 4,100mAh battery and support 4G. The Redmi 4 is better placed in this regard. It runs on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor and clubs it with 2GB RAM (16GB variants). The 32GB (Rs 8,999) and 64 GB (Rs 10,999) variants offer 3GB and 4GB RAM. It also supports 4G and has a 4,100mAh battery which lasts a day and half on modest use. However, we will reserve any judgement on the Nokia 2’s specs and performance till we use it in detail, since the advantages of a clean Android that the Nokia phones run include the need for not-very-powerful specs.
What gives the Nokia 2 an edge is the fact that it runs Android 7.1 out of the box (only 17.8% of all Android smartphones run it) with the unadulterated stock Android interface on top. HMD Global assures it will get the Android Oreo update soon after the launch too, along with the more expensive phones such as the Nokia 8. The Xiaomi Redmi 4, in comparison, runs Android 7.0 but with a complex looking MIUI on top, which uses more resources than a plain Android would.
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