HMD Global and Nokia made quite a noise on an event they held at Moscow yesterday. They released three new budget-friendly smartphones. There’s the Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 — and the one we’ll be talking about today — the Nokia 2.1
Just like its predecessor, the Nokia 2.1 will feature a 2-day battery life with its 4,000mAh capacity. That’s almost the same as the original Nokia 2, but this time, the company promises that it charges much faster.
Another thing to like about here is its software. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo under the Android Go platform. For those who are unfamiliar, Android Go edition smartphones have a lighter interface and have select lightweight apps that are tailored to play nicely with low-end hardware.
And speaking of the hardware, the Nokia 2.1 is equipped with a humble Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage. The ROM might be limiting for a lot of people, but thankfully it is expandable via a microSD card to help store more apps, games, and media files.
In an odd move, Nokia is being extra generous by adding front-facing stereo speakers on this entry-level smartphone. The two drivers are sandwiching the 5.5-inch HD screen on the front. The Nokia 2.1 also has a decent 5-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel sensor on the back.
Nokia 2.1 Specs
- Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)
- Dual nano-SIM, Dual standby
- 5.5-inch HD IPS display, 1280 x 720 resolution, ~267ppi
- 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
- Adreno 308 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
- 5-megapixel front camera
- 8-megapixel rear camera, LED flash
- HSPA+, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.2
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- FM Radio
- microUSB 2.0
- Dimensions: 153.6 x 77.6 x 9.7mm
- Weight: 174g
- 4,000mAh non-removable battery, 10w charger
The Nokia 2.1 will be available around the world starting this July for a price of only USD115 (~Php6,000).