Nokia 2.2 brings the waterdrop notch down to the $100 price segment

Nokia 2.2 brings the waterdrop notch down to the $100 price segment
While it's obviously far too early for the high-end Nokia 9 PureView to get a sequel (especially without sorting out all those camera issues first), the brand's build-up to a big announcement event today made us expect at the very least a nice mid-range device with a modern design and respectable specifications.

That's... not quite what we got in the end, but the entry-level Nokia 2.2 still seems to deserve our attention for a number of key reasons. First and foremost, the price point, which is naturally set lower than the 3.2 and 4.2, at the rough equivalent of $100 (and up) in India. Unfortunately, there's no word on US availability, but you may not want to give up all hope just yet.

Secondly, this might just be the most affordable smartphone from a major brand with a decent US presence to keep up with the latest design trends. Well, not the latest latest, as the Nokia 2.2 sports a discreet waterdrop-style notch instead of going the hole punch display route or adopting a motorized selfie camera of some sort. Still, that notch is not something you often see in this ultra-low price segment.


Another thing that sets the Nokia 2.2 apart from your typical budget-friendly soldier is its participation in the Android One program. That means you'll be getting some silky smooth Pie-based software out the box and a guaranteed Android Q update in the fall. 

The rest of the specs and features are understandably modest, including a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, 1520 x 720 pixel resolution for a 5.7-inch screen with a relatively thick chin, a single 13MP rear-facing shooter, a 5MP front cam, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The battery, by the way, is easily removable, which naturally means the handset is entirely made from plastic. A dedicated Google Assistant button resides on the left side of the phone, which does not come with a fingerprint reader, supporting however facial recognition technology.

Two variants are scheduled for a June 11 commercial debut in India at prices of $100 and $115 with 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3/32 gigs respectively, with European availability in the pipeline as well. Since Nokia's official US smartphone portfolio is ever-expanding, a stateside 2.2 launch is not entirely out of the question. But you probably shouldn't hold your breath.

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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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14 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The 2.1 had a 4000 mAh battery. Why reduce it to 3000?

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Reducing the battery capacity is a let down, but I really do like the design, despite it being plastic.

3. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Everything screams meh about this phone. The savings grace is that it's Android One otherwise it's just a foodstamp phone imo.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

As you have pointed out with the buggy Pixel 3A line, not everyone needs a smartphone with all of the bells and whistles. What's meh to you is no doubt just what someone else needs.

8. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol, you would think that the verbal beat down you got in that article would remind you not to take shots at the Pixel phones. It's called my opinion, so get off my case about it.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao I’m the one handing out the verbal beat downs on that article, which is why they ceased their attacks, just like you always do, and run away. I just stated a fact, so stop being so defensive about it.

11. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Not everyone lives here like you do. Your bark is louder than your bite so stop embarrassing yourself. You stated nothing.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao now you’re just deflecting because I said the truth about you, and you’re embarrassed about it.

5. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 102; Member since: May 29, 2019

What you call foodstamp phone, most who'd buy a phone like this don't give a s**t, they see the prices of flagships and never want anything to do with pining over specifications. I'm glad most of the market isn't comprised of comment section orbiters.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree. Most of the buying public does not care.

7. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's called my opinion. I understand that some people more concerned with getting a phone at an affordable price, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's why I have the Pixel 3A , the best phone ever. Consider yourself educated.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

And VariableCheapskate gave his opinion backed with some facts, as most smartphone buyers either don’t care or don’t have a clue about the specs. As long as their phone lets them get on the internet and social networks, make calls and send texts, they’re fine. You’d think the way he keeps educating you and giving you a verbal beat down like on that other HMD article, you’d be reminded not to take shots at Nokia branded smartphones, lol.

12. Venom

Posts: 3400; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're riding his jock hard. I guess it makes sense to run and hide behind someone else's comment once you've been decimated so many times. I gave my opinion as well backed by the "facts."

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’ve been riding jock hard for several days now on that other article, so lay off the hypocrisy. You’ve been hiding behind others comments and have been getting obliterated by me for all of your 10 accounts now, which is why you always run off. And don’t hide behind that cop out excuse of “not living here”. You get defeated by me time and time again. You gave an opinion. Just that. No facts involved.

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