Nokia 2.2 is the newest budget phone in the US

Nokia 2.2 is the newest budget phone in the US
The Nokia 2.2 has just landed in the United States as an unlocked phone and you can get it on Amazon and Best Buy starting today for the low price of just $140. The Nokia 2.2 will work on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as MetroPCS, Cricket, and Mint.

The Nokia 2.2 has the benefit of being an Android One phone, meaning that it will get timely Android software updates, a rarity among budget models. In terms of specs, you get a 5.7" LCD display with an HD resolution, a teardrop notch (but also a rather big chin), a dedicated Google Assistant button, a single rear camera and, interestingly, it does not have a fingerprint scanner, relying on 2D face recognition instead.

Nokia provides this useful specs comparison between its current models and you can find the Nokia 2.2 in the last spot.


While overall this looks like a decent device for the price, the MediaTek Helio A22 chip that powers the phone worries us a bit as this is a rather weak chip and we are not certain whether it will do a perfect job in daily tasks. Apart from that, you get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage, not bad for a phone in this price range. The battery size is 3,000mAh.

We should also mention that the phone made its international debut a bit earlier, in June.

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2.2
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio A22, Quad-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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22 Comments

1. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 102; Member since: May 29, 2019

3GB of RAM is a pretty fair upgrade for the 2 series, I don't dig the notch and chin combo but I suppose it's better suited for cheap phones anyways.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 956; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The A22 is equivalent to dragon 450. So, it should run fine.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not bad for a low end smartphone. I like how HMD is continuing the old Nokia tradition of “Connecting People”. It’s budget smartphones like these that reach more of the masses.

4. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Seems like just another release to me. They haven't released a good high end or midrange phone in the US since the 7.1. Right now the Motos and the Pixel 3A phones still have them beat because they can be used on way more carriers than these can.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Comparing this to a Pixel 3A is ridiculous. The motos definitely do not have them beat, especially when it comes to design and software support. Their best high end smartphone is the Nokia 9 Pureview. It beats the 7.1 in every way, even though the 7.1 is better than the Motos and beats the pants off of the Pixel 3A in design quality.

9. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, ridiculous is attacking comments just because you disagree with what's been said and being a hypocrite. The best high-end is the Pureview "in your opinion." You can't say it as a fact because the reception for the Pureview has been lukewarm. The 7.1 is the better phone imo because it has several things that stand out that the Pureview lacks. The Pixel 3A XL is the best phone ever imo with a fantastic design.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Ridiculous is you crying wolf saying I'm attacking your comment because I don't agree with you. You saying anyone is a hypocrite is hypocritical. The N9PV beats the 7.1 in every way. That's not an opinion, it's a fact. Reception has nothing to do with it. By your logic, the iPhone XR is a better smartphone than the Pixel 3XL because it was better received. The N9PV also has several things the 7.1 doesn't have and performs better than it as well. And the N9PV DOES have a FPS. You said on two different articles that it doesn't. That's incorrect. The Pixel 3A XL is far from the best phone ever, and has a far worse design than Nokia branded smartphones.

12. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Stop crying because you are attacking my comment. The Pureview being better than the 7.1 is YOUR opinion, not a fact. You can't make a statement like that and try to force it off as a fact. Doesn't work that way. Reception has everything to do with it. The Pureview does not have a physical FPS which is what the f- I was talking about. You are grasping at straws now. If you can call the Pureview the best phone, then I can and will continue to call the Pixel 3A XL the best phone ever plain and simple.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao you’re the one doing the crying because I responded to your comment. That’s something you’ll have to get over in a public forum. The N9PV being better than the 7.1 is fact, not opinion. I can make that statement because when you compare the two, the N9PV clearly comes out on top. You just don’t agree with it because I’m the one that’s saying it. If reception has everything to do with it, then you’re admitting that the iPhone XR is better than every Pixel smartphone to date. And don’t backtrack and switch up your statement now because you were posting false information about the N9PV not having a FPS at all and I called you out on your fabrication. YOU are the one grasping at straws, and I’ll gladly post the links to the two articles that you said it in to prove my point. I never said the N9PV was the best phone, and the Pixel 3AXL is far from the best phone ever, simple as that.

15. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't care about you responding to my comment. I don't mind giving you another verbal beat down. No, you constantly attack my comment just because I said the 7.1 was the best Nokia phone so far. Why don't you just get over it and stop crying about my opinion. I explained why a while back when the Pureview was first announced and gave it props, but you still kept crying. Lol I don't care about you saying the iphone is better. I don't give a crap about the iphone XR but that doesn't change the fact that the Pureview has a negative reception overall. For the record, I'm not backtracking at all. Not my fault if you are incapable of comprehending that I was talking about a physical FPS vs a digital onscreen one. You may not have said it directly, but you are definitely trying to imply it with your words. You wouldn't be getting so defensive about it and when I say that the Pixel 3A XL is the best phone ever.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao of course you do. That’s why you’re crying wolf and saying I’m “attacking your comment”. And considering that you ALWAYS run off in the end with your tail tucked firmly in between your legs, it’s clear that I’m the one handing out the verbal beat downs on you, lol. Stating a fact is not an attack, so why don’t you get over it And stop crying wolf. Your “explanation” had so many holes in it that it could have passed for Swiss Cheese, so stop crying because I pointed out the obvious. And by your logic, even YOU believe the iPhone XR is better than any Pixel smartphone, and what you’re saying still doesn’t change the fact that the entire Pixel line has a negative stigma that follows it from generation to generation due to the plethora of issues they always have. For the record, you are backtracking, and you proved your lack of knowledge by saying more than once that the Nokia 9 Pureview doesn’t have a FPS. You keep trying to say that someone should have known what you meant, but that’s a cop out deflection from the fact that YOU didn’t know what you were talking about. I’ve never said or implied it. If I did, post the link to the comment that I said it in. Meanwhile, you’re getting so triggered because you keep trying to sell the Pixel 3A XL as the best phone ever, when it’s clearly not, and I keep pointing out that fact.

20. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

First of all, I'm not crying wolf. I wouldn't dare insult the wolf by comparing it to you. No, you're more like an annoying parrot that won't stop squawking even though you got your food. You are not handing out anything but feel free to continue with that false narrative of yours. You are just mad because I called the Pixel 3A XL the best phone ever. That's my opinion and I will continue to say it whether you like it or not. You were verbally bludgeoned once before when you were trash talking the Pixel phones and ended up getting buried hard. You call it a copout just because you lack the reading comprehension to understand what I was referring to. That's not my fault. You are the one who didn't understand. I just said up above that you may not have directly stated it, but your actions have definitely implied it. It's clear that you are trying to backtrack but that's not going to work.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

First of all, you are crying wolf. I know I insulted the wolf and the tears by saying this, but it’s true. You always cry wolf when someone disagrees with and points out your fraudulent comments and activities. You are akin to little dog on leash barking loudly and saying absolutely nothing in the face of a bigger dog. Once the owner lets go of the leash of the smaller dog, the small dog gets real quiet. I continuously run you off articles, so it’s clear that I am the one handing out the verbal beat downs. You make more fraudulent claims and try to do more narrative changing than anyone in this site. The 3A XL is not the best phone ever, and you’re seething with anger because I said it isn’t. That’s a fact, and facts trump opinions. I destroyed you and the others on the article you’re talking about. Sent you all packing, lol. Lmao it’s a cop out. You lack the comprehension and the skill to actually read up about things, so you fabricate instead. You claimed the N9PV doesn’t have a FPS and it does. You were flat out wrong about that, and no amount of switching it up and backtracking will make it go away, and I’m certainly not going to let you forget. My actions implied nothing of what you said, you’re just making stuff up again. You’re just backtracking now because I called you out on this fabrication as well.

5. djcody

Posts: 227; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Umidgi A5 pro for 99$ much better than this

6. tonyv13

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Definitely, but my A1 that I got more than a year ago haven't got a security upgrade since then lol

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Umidigi certainly makes good looking smartphones, but they are severely lacking when it comes to updates.

11. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's pretty much a foodstamp phone for the masses who don't care about the bells and whistles of a flagship.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Both the Umidigi A5 and the Nokia 2.2 are pretty much low end smartphones for those on a budget but like well designed smartphones, but in the 2.2’s case, it’s also for people who care a bit more about the software and security updates.

16. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Like I said before, it's essentially a foodstamp phone for people who don't care about the latest or greatest flagship with all the bells and whistles attached to them although with the 2.2 being an Android One phone, it supposedly receives updates and security updates.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like I said before, they are both low end smartphones for those on a budget that prefer well designed smartphones, but in the 2.2’s case, it provided much better software support, full OS and security updates.

19. Venom

Posts: 3388; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not going to continue to regurgitate something someone said before unlike what some people are doing. I made my point, said what I had to say, and kept on. This is essentially an entry level phone for people who don't care about having the latest flagship phone.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m not going to regurgitate that I’m not going to regurgitate something, like others are claiming. I made my point and will continue to do so. These are low end smartphones for those on a budget, but prefer well designed smartphones. In the 2.2’s case, it’s for those that prefer better software support and full OS and security updates.

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