Nokia 4.2 goes on sale in the US via Amazon and Best Buy

Nokia 4.2 goes on sale in the US via Amazon and Best Buy
Great news for Nokia fans in the United Sates, as HMD Global has just announced that its mid-range Android smartphone – Nokia 4.2 begins shipping today. If you want to buy one, there are two US online retailers that offer the smartphone for $190: Amazon and Best Buy.

If you want to try it out before placing an order, you'll have to wait until June 9 when Best Buy will have the Nokia 4.2 available in-store. If you haven't heard about HMD's cheap smartphone, here are a couple of things that will correct that.

First off, this is the first Nokia smartphone to come with a Google Assistant button. Simply press once for instant access to the Google Assistant and start getting your answers. You can also use Google's personal assistant to make calls, listen to music or get directions, by simply using your voice.

It's also worth mentioning that Nokia 4.2 will not work on CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon, but if you want to use it on AT&T, T-Mobile or any other GMS network operator, you won't have any issues.



Specs-wise, Nokia 4.2 is quite decent for the price you pay. It sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display that features a small waterdrop notch, a dual-rear camera (13MP+2MP), a secondary 8-megapixel selfie camera and a 3,000 mAh battery. Also, the smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Since this is an Android One smartphone, you can expect it to be among the first to receive major OS updates. Last but not least, Nokia 4.2 ships with Android 9.0 Pie on board, Google's most recent version of Android.

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4.2
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, Octa-core, 1950 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Seems like a nice phone. Compact without being microscopic, small notch, decent battery, 12nm SoC and 100% pure, bloat free Android with 2 years worth of updates. And since it's 'Nokia', I think the build quality will be solid. Although the display resolution leaves a bit to be desired and a 600 Series SoC would be nicer. But then again; you can't have everything under $200! G'Day!

2. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This looks like another low end phone for the budget segment which isn't a bad deal compared to the price. I just wished Nokia would release more devices with slightly better specs. 32GB with 3gb of RAM didn't work for me when I had the 6.1 although it was a well built phone. Looks like the Pixel 3A has taken over.

4. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

I had the same issue as well. I'm using the 7.1 that has 4gb RAM and I notice the increase in speed and smoothness

5. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

That is because of the processor. Not because of the amount of RAM or ROM. The processor in the Nokia 7.1 is more powerful than the one inside of the Nokia 6.1, thus it is capable of handling more.

6. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Actually, "docdevices," the RAM does play some part and the memory being only 32GB doesn't help much. Only 25gb is available to the user and it doesn't take long to fill up. The 7.1 is better because it has extra.

11. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

The performance of the Nokia 7.1 being better when compared to the Nokia 6.1 is because of the more powerful SoC which resides inside of the Nokia 7.1. The RAM will only come into play as an issue if it is mostly to completely full, "venom". That is the truth, and it shall remain so, in spite of your denial of it.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

Correct again, doc. But he’s going to go against the facts because he’s not the one saying them.

18. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm going to go against the "facts" because you aren't entirely correct.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wrong again, as usual.

17. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

An extra gig of RAM along with double the storage space does help some as well despite what you say, "Doc." I'm not saying that the SoC doesn't have anything to do with it. You can continue to remain ignorant of the fact.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facts, docdevices. That’s exactly what it is.

19. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Give yourself a thumbs up while you're at it.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao your jealousy because someone agrees with me is duly noted.

7. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Same here. The 7.1 is definitely snappier in ever day use.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pretty decent phone for the price. To compare this to a phone like the Pixel 3A doesn’t make sense, as they are not even in the same spec or price categories. I just hope that Google fixes the at-launch issues of the Pixel 3A line. Back to this Nokia smartphone. Stock Android with 3gb of Ram and 32 gig of ROM and expandable storage is more than enough to keep this smartphone’s performance good.

8. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

A comparison doesn't make sense only because it goes against the word of some people who choose to remain ignorant to the truth. I have the 3A XL and it's a fantastic phone with no issues unlike the Pureview. Back to this phone, it's a suitable solution for someone looking for something cheap and inexpensive although the Moto X4 is a better deal considering how often it goes on sale and it's an Android One device if you get the 64GB model.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

The comparison doesn’t make sense because they are in an entirely different price bracket, and entirely different spectrum of the market. You can choose to remain ignorant about those facts if you want to, though. That’s on you. The Pixel 3A does have issue, one of which was reported on this site. Stop changing the facts to suit your false narrative. The Nokia 4.2 has better build quality and costs less without the deals, and is Android One as well. So if one is looking for an inexpensive smartphone, the Nokia 4.2 is the way to go.

12. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

In reply to MG: it is absolutely true that the Google Pixel 3a XL will not be without issues; however, the Nokia 9 PureView, at launch, despite the great potential, was full of issues. I understand that for a certain market, the Nokia 9 PureView is an undisputed champion in camera features, but for the average user the N9PV is not as palatable as the 3a or 3a XL. I particularly find the long-term repair-ability prospects of the 3a and 3a XL to be an impressive move by Google, in spite of the loss of certified water-proofing. I am sure there will be the obligatory Google Pixel bugs to sort out, but I think more people will be interested in the 3a and 3a XL than will be interested in the N9PV because of the intended audiences of each of these devices. The Pixels have a wider audience... the N9PV has a fairly narrow audience, by design. The Nokia 4.2 is definitely an interesting proposition, though, and it is indeed not in the same league as the 3a or 3a XL... the latter are far from being affordable enough to challenge in the entry-level. AS a result, I don't think the 3a or 3a XL will directly compete with the 4.2 in any way. I'll be watching the 4.2 for the foreseeable future. In reply to Venom: I don't think MG was trying to compare the N9PV with the Pixel 3a XL, and the Nokia 4.2 is decidedly not in the same class as the Pixel 3a XL. As for the comparison of the Moto X4 and the Nokia 4.2, remember that the X4 is already a two-year-old phone, and at the end of its update life-cycle, whereas the 4.2 is fresh. With the X4, you would arguably get a better resolution screen, but with much bigger bezels, and without the benefit of a modern shape, size, and screen-to-body ratio as you would get in the 4.2. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 439 in the 4.2 is close to the same level of performance as the older Snapdragon 630 (both are octa-core, about 2 GHz, with ARM Cortex-A53's), and is more efficient than the 630 (12 nm instead of 14nm). The X4 is a better performer in terms of band and modem flexibility, and there are other trade-offs between the X4 and the 4.2, but they are quite similar. The X4 started out its life at an MSRP of $399, and the otherwise similarly spec'd 4.2 is starting out at $189.99. When I talk about the low-end and entry-level phones getting better, this progression of features and performance moving down the chain is basically what I am referring to. If the Moto X4 cost much more than the Nokia 4.2 right now, seeing these phones are now similarly spec'd, and that you are basically trading a higher-pixel-density screen, USB-C, and better LTE modem category with wider band support on the X4 for two years of Android updates yet-to-be-had on the 4.2 (which you won't get with the X4, even if you spring for the 64GB Android One model... which costs more than the 32GB model), then it seems that most consumers would say that you would be unwise if you picked the Moto X4 over the Nokia 4.2 at this point.

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

See head to head comparison of the Nokia 4.2 and the Motorola Moto X4 here: https://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Motorola-Moto-X4,Nokia-4.2/phones/10479,11133

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

Domfonsur: Nowhere did I ever say that the Nokia 9 Pureview didn’t launch without issues. But to say it was “full of issues” is a bit of a stretch. It’s not the Pixel line, which has been full of issues since it’s initial launch. The issues of the Nokia 9 Pureview revolves around the in-screen fingerprint reader (ongoing), and the camera app/performance of the camera. The later has already been corrected, (something they you seem to have trouble understanding), except for the speed in which you switch between camera modes, and the processing time of the pictures, which isn’t going to change due to the sheer amount of information being processed from the photos. As far as the N9PV not being as palatable as the midranged Pixel line for average consumers: Even HMD themselves have said that it wouldn’t be. It’s not marketed for them, it is marketed for photography enthusiasts and/or people that like to tweak and adjust their photos (something else you seem to havre a problem understanding, as you bring it up despite mentioning that the two are for two different markets entirely). Some will say that’s a “copout answer”, but it isn’t. It’s a fact, and not all smartphones are made for everyone, just like the midrange Pixels are marketed towards the average consumer that want a good camera at an inexpensive price point, and not marketed towards the power user, or the spec-wh—e. Because of the intended audiences of each smartphone, it’s a given which will garner the wider the audience. That’s just logical, but not everyone is capable of being logical. Midrange and low end smartphones are often easier to repair than flagship ones, due to the materials used to make them, respectively. But that doesn’t concern me. I much rather prefer the water resistance. And, correct: The Pixel 3A and Nokia 4.2 are in two different categories completely. So it makes no sense to compare them. But he’s only doing so to tear one down and uplift the other, as you know.

20. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You can't even make a point without taking shots at the Pixel. The Pureview launched with a plethora of issues. It's not a stretch. You're once again trying to fabricate excuses for Nokia dropping the ball with the Pureview.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can’t even make a comment with taking potshots at the Nokia 9 Pureview or other smartphones you don’t like, so dial down the hypocrisy. There was no “plethora of issues”. That was the Pixel line, which you keep fabricating excuses for dropping the ball for more than 3 generations of smartphones now.

21. Venom

Posts: 2996; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Of course it doesn't make sense to you because it goes against your word which you tend to speak as if it was the gospel. It's not. I'll make comparisons however I see fit and I dare you to tell me otherwise. Stop trying to deflect and trash talk the Pixel 3A. And what makes you think the X4 isn't a good deal as well? You are obviously being biased and melodramatic here. The X4 might be older, but it still has slightly better specs and is usable on all carriers unlike the 4.2.

22. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Everybody is biased one way or the other... and that's normal! I have yet to meet a person who has no bias, and that is quite alright as long as we can all admit it and move on. Me the melodramatic one? Haha... you're funny!

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21335; Member since: May 28, 2014

It doesn’t make sense because they aren’t in the same price range or serving the same segment of the smartphone space. You think what you have to say is the be all, end all, and it’s far from it. Your comparisons, much like you, don’t make any sense. I just told you otherwise, by the way, lol. Now stop trying to deflect and trash talk the N9PV.

13. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am curious to know what you think of the comparison in real-world usage between the Nokia 7.1 and the Motorola Moto G7, since at last check you have owned both of them for at least a few months, and they seem to be pretty well competitive in both specs and price. Which one is better at what functions, and which one is a better daily driver for you? I would not bring the Pixel 3a XL into the comparison just yet, as the Pixel is in a different class from both the G7 and the 7.1, and as it is such a new acquisition for you at this time, but I will be interested to hear more about what you think once you have had all of them for a few months. Just curious... As a reminder, here is the head to head comparison of the Motorola Moto G7 and the Nokia 7.1: https://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Motorola-Moto-G7,Nokia-7.1/phones/11053,11015

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