HMD Global is now on its third iteration of its 2-series line with the Android One-equipped Nokia 2.2. At a starting price of just €99, it's obviously not going to win any spec wars, but it looks to be a solid entry into the budget phone competition with features like a 5.7" display, a Google Assistant button, and a removable battery.
|Dimensions||146 x 70.6 x 9.3mm, 153g|
|Display||5.7" 1520x720 LCD, 19:9 ratio|
|Processor||2GHz MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core|
|Storage||16GB/32GB with microSD expansion|
|Camera (rear)||13MP, f/2.2|
|Camera (front)||5MP fixed-focus|
|Connectivity||LTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi AC, Micro-USB, USB OTG, 3.5mm jack|
|Price||€99 (Europe), ₹6999/₹7999 (India)|
The 2.2 ups the display to 5.7" from the 2.1's 5.5-incher. Unfortunately, it's still 720p, though the aspect ratio is pretty tall at 19:9. Power comes from a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22, with 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB variants available. It does still charge via Micro-USB, but that's a reality for most budget phones. At least the 3,000mAh battery is removable — a rarity nowadays.
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Nokia makes a big stink about the AI-powered camera, claiming that the 13MP sensor can take great low-light and HDR photos. We'll have to get our hands on one to verify this, but we're not expecting any Pixel 3-level shots. The 5MP fixed-focus sensor up front pulls double duty as a selfie cam and an unlocking method; the 2.2 has face unlock but doesn't have a fingerprint sensor.
Android 9 Pie comes on this Android One phone, and the promise of two years of OS updates and three years of security patches means that it'll be getting Android Q and R down the line. There's also a Google Assistant button on the side.
The Nokia 2.2 starts at €99 in Europe. In India, the 2GB/16GB model costs ₹6999 (~$100 USD), with the 3GB/32GB version coming in at ₹7999 (~$115). The phone is available in two colors: Tungsten Black and Steel. Nokia will also sell swappable "Xpress-on" backs for it in the future.