How cheap do you like your smartphones? HMD brings the latest version of the Nokia 2 called "Nokia 2.2" to the US. It is $ 139 and currently for sale at Best Buy and Amazon. For $ 139 you can expect a fairly small device, but as usual HMD delivers a good package for the price with a fairly modern design, the latest version of Android and a killer update package with two years of operating system and update three years security updates.
The front panel features a 5.71-inch 1520 × 720 IPS LCD with a premium design and rounded corners. There's a big bezel on the bottom with a big "Nokia" logo, but for $ 140 that's hard to fault.
This is a cheap phone. Do not expect a ton in the technical department. The Nokia 2.2 is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, which is just four Cortex A53 2GHz cores. The US version has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB memory version with the option to add a microSD card. The back and sides are plastic, and there is an additional physical button on the side that invokes the Google Assistant. The back actually dissolves, and you can take out the 3000 mAh battery. Speaking of unnecessarily removed smartphone features from the past, there is also a headphone jack.
Being a low-end phone, there are some things you miss. Below is an old MicroUSB connector so you can not jump to the newer USB-C standard that expensive smartphones have been using for years. There is also no fingerprint reader on the device. The rear speaker looks anemic, and we would not expect much from the 5 megapixel front camera or the 13 megapixel rear camera.
Although the specifications and design are fine for the price, the software here makes the Nokia 2.2 (and any other) from HMD's Nokia phone, really) it's worth paying attention to. You get Android's stock with the full update package of two-year major updates and three-year security updates, which is completely unknown at this price.
This is a GSM phone, so it should work on your local phone. Mobile and AT & T bands, along with all their MVNOs. The phone is on the internet today at Amazon and BestBuy and will be on August 4th in the selection of physical Best Buy stores.
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