The inexpensive Nokia 2.3 finally goes on sale in the US

The inexpensive Nokia 2.3 finally goes on sale in the US
HMD Global announced last month that it will bring the budget-friendly Nokia 2.3 to the US. Since then, the smartphone was up for pre-order at various US retailers, but starting today, customers can buy the Nokia 2.3 for less than $100.

That's right, if you're willing to activate the phone right away, you can get the Nokia 2.3 for just $80 via Best Buy. If that's a no go for you, the entry-level device costs $130 and you can buy it from Amazon as well. The phone is available in two different colors – Charcoal and Sand and is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.

It also supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 66, but you can also use it with carriers like Cricket, Tracfone, and Simple Mobile. Nokia 2.3 ships with Android 10 right out of the box, one of the few smartphones that cheap running the latest version of Google's OS. On top of that, HMD Global says the phone will get guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years.

As far as the specs go, Nokia 2.3 is more than decent for what you pay. For starters, the smartphone sports a huge 6.2-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a small notch for the front-facing camera. On the back, there's a 13-megapixel main camera complemented with a depth camera for portrait shots.

On the inside, Nokia 2.3 packs a MediaTek Helio A22 processor, coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. Last but not least, the budget-friendly smartphone is powered by a massive 4,000 mAh battery that should last for about two days.

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2.3
  • Display 6.2 inches
    1520 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio A22, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie

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7 Comments

5. Subie

Posts: 2463; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

If your on a tight budget but still value software updates and security then this might just be the best bang for your buck option out there. Good job HMD Global!

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree, Subie. This is much better than the comparable food stamp phone Moto G6, or the Moto G7, because you get a future proof smartphone in the way of multiple timely full OS and security updates, unlike with Motorola’s options. This is for those on an extremely tight budget, but in need of a smartphone that will last.

8. Subie

Posts: 2463; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

MG, it blows my mind that HMD is willing to offer than many years of software support at this price range. It makes Android flagship OEMs look like cheapskates in the $1,000USD range and up. IMO with project treble there is no excuse for any OEM not to offer software updates past three years. I've been saying and will keep saying that GOOGLE needs to lead by example in this regard. They should go after Apple with their 5 years of OS updates and then do an additional year of security updates... Not cell phone related but worth noting - Microsoft supported Windows 7 on PC for over 10 years. And it didn't matter if it was a $299 dollar laptop or $3,000 gaming/workstation. Oh, and I was just able to update a cheap laptop to Windows 10 for free with a legit digital licence from MS.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you, Subie. HMD is setting the example That Google should have been setting ever since it got into the smartphone business. And with CDMA quickly coming to an end, with it’s biggest user (Verizon) casting it aside and it’s footprint too small on a global basis, it’s no wonder that most smartphone makers don’t bother making their smartphones compatible with CDMA. GSM/VoLTE are the way of the future, as CDMA is a relic long past it’s expiration date. However, unknown to the uninformed among us, HMD does make smartphones compatible with Verizon’s network. It’s always great to get an opinion from someone that genuinely likes the smartphones, as opposed to from someone that wants to force their opinion onto others as if it were facts, especially when they are biased against certain OEM’s.

7. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I respect your opinion, Subie. For the price and the fact that you get Android One, I don't think it's an unreasonable suggestion. Granted if you're on AT&T or T-Mobile or a comparable MVNO, it's a fantastic deal. For ones on Sprint and Verizon, the Moto would be the only option since it's usable on any carrier unless I'm mistaken and this phone has a Verizon release. It's nice to get an opinion that isn't forced from others that can't see pass their own biased opinions.

9. Subie

Posts: 2463; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You're right Venom. If your with a CDMA using service provider then this device is not an option. Those carriers days of using CDMA protocals eventually will come to an end and Qualcomm's licencing fees on the hardware manufactures will go with it.

4. Venom

Posts: 4095; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Essentially another foodstamp phone from Nokia with only 2gb of memory and 32gb of storage with a Mediatek processor. A Moto G6 would be a better buy. Much better specs and it's unlocked for all carriers. The G7 would be better for a few dollars more.

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