At a time when the average current generation smartphone is listing at least north of $600, unlocked and off contract, Nokia steps out today with a low cost Android option at a price point almost unheard of, along with a battery so big the phone should stay up for days without needing a charge. The Nokia 2 is a subdued but fairly sleek-looking 5-inch Android phone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor, running Android 7.1.1 Nougat and backed by a massive 4100 mAh battery. Internal storage isn’t very roomy at 8GB, but with its MicroSD card slot you can drop in up to another 128GB for expansion, though only 1GB of RAM is on board tied to that Snapdragon CPU.
Regardless, with an 8MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera and a 720p display, the Nokia 2 may sound like a bare-bones phone. However, for only 99 Euros or $115 US you almost can’t go wrong, especially with the projected amazing battery life the device should offer. Chief Product Officer for HMD Global, Juho Sarvikas, notes that “every component of the Nokia 2 — from the display to battery, chipset to system design — has been engineered to draw as little power as possible from the huge battery.”
For reference, significantly more powerful Android flagships of late, like the Google Pixel 2 XL or LG V30, sport smaller 3300 – 3500 mAh batteries, while their processing platforms, like the Snapdragon 835, consume a lot more power under load. As such, in combination with its more modest processing engine and lower resolution display, Nokia claims the phone will give you “2-day battery life from a single charge with its powerful 4100 mAh battery,” and that “frequent top-up charges will become a thing of the past.”
The Nokia 2 is set for release in mid-November and will come in pewter/black, pewter/white, and copper/black color combinations. There’s no word if this device will only be released in European regions and if it will also be available in the US. However, based on recent Nokia releases, it will hopefully arrive state-side as well.