By Brian Yalung
There are plenty of budget-friendly Android devices available in the market and apparently, Nokia has taken note. In an effort to expand its reach, a new cost-friendly device was released by the Finnish brand with the Nokia 2.
Nokia actually released the Nokia 6 in January 2017, its first new smartphone since Nokia sold its handset unit to Microsoft. The only catch there was that the device was only available in China. Now, the Nokia 2 hopes to invade the Philippine market, especially the ones looking for a simple phone on a budget.
The Nokia 2 holds no frills. From afar, the phone sports a nearly similar mold to most smartphones available in the market. Aside from the price, Nokia is a household name. So with that, it should not come as a surprise that this is one phone that most would be interested in.
Looks can be deceiving
The design is simple, making the device ideal for any class. In fact, it seems like a high-end device that could throw potential buyers off. This includes an aluminum precision machine frame which shrouds the 5-inch HD LTPS LCD 720 display screen. The traditional buttons are found on the right side (i.e. power and volume control) while the audio jack is at the top portion. For charging and data transfers, the micro USB port can be found at the bottom-most portion of the handset.
The back cover is made of plastic and can be removed to access the SIM port and microSD slot. Unlike Nokia phones of yesteryears, this one comes with a non-removable 4,100 mAh battery (something that can reportedly last up to 2 days). Being a budget phone, the Nokia 2 does not have the advanced biometric features (i.e. fingerprint sensor).
The internal features
The Nokia 2 offers a modest array of internal features suited for anyone. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor backed by 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage but expandable up to 128 GB via the microSD card. It runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box.
For those eager to know the camera, it comes with an 8 MP main camera with auto-focus, automatic scene detection and LED flash. It also comes with a 5 MP front-facing camera, enough for those who plan to use their phones for selfies or video chats.
The features the Nokia 2 has to offer may not be mind-boggling with the overall external design probably to blame. But being a phone made for those wary of cost, the Nokia 2 is undoubtedly a wise buy to carry out basic functions ranging from calls, text, web browsing and social media sharing.