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.
More for less
A flagship experience for less than $200.
Based on what we've seen so far, the Nokia 4.2 could be one of 2019's most exciting budget phones. It has a solid design, powerful processor, and expandable storage. Plus, you'll find goodies such as a Google Assistant button, NFC, and face unlock to really sweeten the deal.
This article was originally published May 1. It was republished May 15 to reflect US availability.
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