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Nokia 4.2 officially available in the U.S. for just $189 [Update]

At this past MWC in February, Nokia unveiled a heap of new smartphones for its 2019 lineup — one of which was the Nokia 4.2. The Nokia 4.2 looked quite promising at the time as a really competitive budget handset, and a few months later, Nokia has launched the phone in the U.S.

From a design point of view, the 4.2 looks like a lot of other Nokia phones we've seen over the last year. It has a 5.71-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 19:9 and a very tiny waterdrop notch which houses an 8MP selfie camera.

A Google Assistant button and NFC for under $200 is damn tempting.

The frame of the phone is made out of polycarbonate, whereas the back features 2.5D glass. This is also where you'll find the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, but what you won't find is any presence of wireless charging.

One design aspect I particularly like is the dedicated Google Assistant button. Double-tapping it will showcase your visual homepage of any contextual info you need to know while a press and hold enables a walkie-talkie mode with the Assistant.

Internally, the Nokia 4.2 is packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 400GB), and a 3,000 mAh battery that charges via Micro-USB (😣). Other highlights include NFC for Google Pay, face unlock, and Android 9 Pie that's powered by Google's Android One program.

The Nokia 4.2 is available right now for $189 at Amazon and Best Buy online, followed by in-store sales at some Best Buy locations beginning June 9.

This article was originally published May 1. It was republished May 15 to reflect US availability.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

7 Comments
  • Is it just me, or do the LTE bands look less than optimal? I don't see some of the key bands like 2, 4, or 12.
  • LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 28(700), 38(2600), 66(1700/2100) - LATAM
  • Where are you seeing that those bands are included? I don't see them listed in the following link.
    https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_us/nokia-4
  • I wish HMD Global would field a device competitive to the Moto G7 Power. I really don't understand why nobody else realizes that 3000mAh batteries are too small.
  • It is 2019, time for micro USB to taken out in favor of USB-C.
  • A 720 screen in 2019?? I'll give it a miss.,
  • For $189, I think the only legitimate complaint is micro usb.