What you need to know
- The Nokia 2.2 is powered by a Helio A22 chipset and runs Android One.
- The device will be available for ₹6,999 initially, going up to ₹7,699 from July 1.
- Like all HMD phones, you get two platform updates and three years of security updates.
HMD Global has seen a lot of momentum in the budget segment in markets like India, and the brand is continuing its push in this category with the launch of the Nokia 2.2 (opens in new tab). The phone is powered by MediaTek's Helio A22 chipset, and comes with a 5.71-inch 720p display with a waterdrop cutout.
You also get a dedicated Google Assistant button, Category 4 LTE modem, 13MP f/2.2 camera at the back, 5MP shooter up front, MicroSD slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3000mAh battery. There's even a software-based face unlock, and the phone runs Android One out of the box. In fact, with prices starting at just ₹6,999, the Nokia 2.2 is the most affordable Android One device in the market today.
As is the case with the rest of HMD's portfolio, the Nokia 2.2 comes with guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and two platform updates, with the brand stating that the device is ready for Android Q. That's a big deal considering the segment HMD is targeting with the device, with a majority of phones in this category barely getting one platform update.
The Nokia 2.2 is available for ₹6,999 ($100) for the variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and there's a 3GB/32GB model that'll be available for ₹7,999 ($115). HMD says that this is an introductory price that will be valid until the end of June, following which the 2GB/16GB edition will cost ₹7,699 ($110) and the 3GB/32GB model will go for ₹8,699 ($125). The phone will go up for sale starting June 11, and right now there's no word on whether it will be making its way to other markets.
Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
Pretty impressive for a budget, "entry-level" phone. I really hope HMD and Nokia succeed on a global level and the brand attains enough success for it to stay around for the foreseeable future...as I'd wish to continue sticking with their devices. Who knows with Huawei hopefully going the way of the dodo bird, other manufacturers/brands will fill the void...
It's so easy to look at this and think "Only 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, and it doesn't even have a 'low end' SD processor? Worthless!!!" But it's also easy to forget how much we've come to expect phones to surpass our true needs, and how much we've expanded what we define as needs to take advantage of what the latest phones have dreamed up to command market... This ships with Android Pi, will get Q (and presumably R) and receive timely updates for security via Android One. It will handle browsing, email, calendar, calling, texting just fine (if not blazingly fast for browsing). No, the camera won't be great - and honestly, probably not much more than passable - and no, it won't be good for gaming. But think about what you are getting for $100 - and take a moment to remember that much of the world doesn't have carrier subsidy or spreading out of payments on phone bills. I admit, I'm far too spoiled by where the flagships have led us to use one of these over the more evolved options, and am fortunate enough to be in a position where I can afford (at least some of) them, but for someone not a typical visitor to these forums who thinks of their phone as more of a basic tool than their go-to gadget for anything they can think of for it to do, it's a heck of an amazing value and tool. I could easily see picking up one of these to sim-swap to for those occasions I don't want or need to be carrying around an $800-1000+ phone.
👏 Thank you for saying that.
I can afford the $800 -$1000 phones, but I will never spend that. I spent $350 on a Nokia 7.1, and couldn't be happier with it. Nokia is making some very good, affordable, well-running phones. I really hope they stick around and continue this.
I can't afford flagship devices. And even if could, I wouldn't purchase one. I simply find it mind boggling to be spending such high amounts of money on one. For me entry level and mid-range devices are a must and hit the sweet spot on how much dough I'm willing to fork out. I hope the Nokia 7.1 was a good choice as a device... for me as well as you. 😁
3gig ram 32GB also. be fine.
I prefer a Asus Zenfone Max Pro, Redmi 7 or Meizu M6 Note for a similar price. The display tops on 400 nits, so is not good for daylight and even worse under the sunlight. The face unlock is 2D, not secure but with that crap 5Mp camera and aperture forget it at night or low light. The SoC is too weak, a downgrade from Nokia 2.1 that had Qualcomm SoC. Idem with the speakers, a downgrade from the Nokia 2.1 that had stereo speakers. This one only has a crap rear mono speaker. And they are asking the same price than the previous Nokia 2.1... too bad.
The only time i will spend a whole thousand dollars to buy a phone is, if Nokia reissue the legendary 8800 slider. Otherwise, there's no reason to spend that much for just a ugly big touchscreen.
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