Nokia 2 announced: Stock Android, solid 2-day battery life, ultra-affordable price tag

HMD and Nokia just unveiled the latest affordable device in its device lineup, the Nokia 2. What makes it a noteworthy entrant? Let's break those specs down and see what the fuss is all about.

Ticking inside the Nokia 2 is the Snapdragon 212, a 1.2GHz chipset comprising four ARM Cortex-A7 cores. Although it's a rather humble chipset, the Snapdragon 212 seems like the perfect match for the Nokia 2: aside from being extremely affordable and LTE-ready, the real ace up its sleeve is its exceptional power efficiency. Couple that one with the large, 4,100mAh battery at the rear of the handset, and you would most certainly eke out at least 2 days of battery life out of the Nokia 2. 

A single gigabyte of RAM will be working alongside the Snapdragon 212. Users will have some 8GB of native storage to themselves, but thankfully a microSD slot is present. Up front one would find a 5.0-inch 720x1280 HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass. Above it, you get a 5MP front-facing camera, while the main one is an 8MP snapper. 

Aside from running stock Android 7.1 Nougat, which is a highlight on its own, Nokia also boasted that the Nokia 2 is the first entry-level device with Google Assistant on deck. It also takes a page of the Pixels' book and comes with unlimited video and photo storage in Google Photos, which should alleviate the pain of the measly native storage. Preloaded with a collection of Indian languages and local dialects, the handset is obviously targeted at the large Indian smartphone market, but this does not mean you won't be able to get it elsewhere.  

On the contrary, the phone will launch globally in mid-November and will have the rather stomachable price tag of EUR 99. While there's no official confirmation that the phone will launch in the US, a recent premature listing on a US retailer suggests you will probably be able to grab one if you're on a tight budget. We expect the price to gravitate around the $99 mark, should that happen.

You will be able to get it in Copper Black, Pewter Black, and Pewter White. Are you getting one?

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  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh



1. Monty007

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

Perfect phone for Social networking,fb whatsapp,Net browsing with great battery life

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's a new phone in 2017 that is using a 32 bit cortex-A7 SoC. Give me a break. It should have been a minimum of a 64 bit cortex-A53 found in a SD 4xx SoCs. How much are we talking about in price between a SD 212 vs a SD 430? If it was only a buck or 2, then that should tell everyone how cheap these devices really are. Because I am sure the vast majority of us would want something that would be a little faster, and could run a few more apps.

32. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

hence the nokia 3/5/6 running the SD 430 !

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Should have been $99.

6. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

people should get used to it. this phone will be around $70 or $80 globally like any other Nokia phone. Nokia 8 was anounced as €599 device but globally it is around $400 to $500. Nokia/HMD is European Company, they have higher tax there.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Much higher for a 500€ phone, 120€ in its price are just the taxes.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Where exactly is that? Over 20% tax for a $500 product is quite steep.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

in EU, or exactly all over EU check this iPhone's price comparison iPhone 8 in US = $699 Italy $996.71 Sweden $996.46 Norway $989.94 Denmark $989.70 Russia $985.21 UK $950.08 Poland $965.68 Finland, Ireland, Portugal $984.83 France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain $960.67 Czech Republic $955.46 ( source )

24. iampun33t

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

BTW, in India, iPhone 8 is $1188..!! That is for the base variant.

31. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Apple is way overpriced here in India.

28. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Its worse in Britian

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

nokia 3 for 75 euros

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

reminds of the good old lumia 520 days

5. Zylam

Posts: 1824; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

It warms my heart to see Nokia fully back in action. I'm definitely gonna be picking up a Nokia not just because of pure stock Android, but also for Nostalgia.

9. Peacetoall unregistered

Me too I was considering nokia 8 because of specs and nostalgic it has

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I we going for the Nokia 8 as well....but its camera is not that good,for now at least.

7. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

There are hundreds of higher specced chinese phones on the market in this price range, this one will be a tough sell for Nokia.

8. Peacetoall unregistered

Old school people care about durability and reliability rather a cheap chinese junk. Nokia 2 will be a hit in my country. Nokia is doing phenomenon job by making devices for all price group.

14. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The vast majority of people who buy phones in this price range could not care less about brand names and want value for money, the Nokia 2 does not provide that in this price range. Don't get me wrong here, i'm a big Nokia fan (still own at least 5 of their older phones) and i want them to do well. The problem is since the comeback they have done absolutlely nothing noteworthy.

15. rocker91

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Well one step at a time and what do you mean by they haven't done anything. Nokia 8"is one of cheapest snapdragon 835 device

19. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It may me one of the cheapest but the design is really dated and the camera is poor for a flagship device. The Nokia of old was loved for it's design and fantastic cameras, HMD seem to be the exact opposite. OnePlus 5 and the Honor 9 are less expensive and better phones. But as you say it's a start and hopefully next year they hit it out of the park, then i will be screaming at them to take my money.

33. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

that's not true there are thousands of chinese knock off feature phones yet nokia and samsung sell the most feature phones each quarter that's because people do care about the brands of the device they carry !

10. shieryar

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

1GB RAM meh

16. Sameerh743

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

1GB Ram in 2017 wtf

17. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Only downside is RAM.. 1.5 or 2 gigs would have been great on this 99 bucks battery monster.

18. Cat97

Posts: 2030; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Not bad at all. 1.5GB of RAM would have made it perfect.

21. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

excellent price indeed

22. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Overpriced. For the same money you get the Redmi 4x with SD435 and 2/16GB (3/32GB 20 euro more) along with a 4100mah battery. So why should anyone go with this instead of the Redmi?

29. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Xiaomi is a sensible choice.

34. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

That is if you like chinese junk.

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