The Nokia 2.2 is a €99 Android One phone I’d buy my mum


HMD International, the corporate licensing the long-lasting Nokia marque, at the moment introduced it’s newest entry-level handset, the Nokia 2.2, which is able to retail for €99 (about $110).

The Nokia 2.2 is an attention-grabbing duck, because it doesn’t appear overtly compromised. Positive, it’s not precisely blazing quick, however its internals ought to be eminently capable of deal with the trials of day by day smartphone-using life.

And, uniquely for a cellphone in its worth bracket, it’s overtly emphasizing low-light pictures, which is one thing telephones in its worth vary historically undergo with. However earlier than we get into that, right here’s the specs:

  • Quad-core MediaTek Helio A22
  • 2GB or 3GB DDR4 RAM
  • 16 or 32GB ROM
  • MicroSD port
  • 71-inch show (19:9 HD+)
  • 13MP f/2.2 rear-facing digicam with LED flash
  • 5MP front-facing digicam
  • MicroUSB
  • 5mm headphone jack
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android Pie

The addition of a MediaTek platform isn’t stunning, as they often crop up on budget-oriented units. As a rule of thumb, they are usually a bit cheaper than Qualcomm’s personal chips.

The MediaTek Helio A22, which seems on this specific handset, was launched midway by means of final yr. That is based mostly on ARM’s Cortex-A53 microarchitecture, and makes use of a 12nm manufacturing course of, which ought to ship improved efficiency and battery positive aspects. As well as, the Helio A22 locations nice emphasis on pictures, and comes with hardware- and software-level tweaks designed to enhance photographs.

That’s useful, given HMD is promoting the Nokia 2.2 totally on its entry-level pictures credentials. As talked about, it comes with a solitary 12-megapixel rear shooter. It’s not instantly apparent what sensor HMD selected to incorporate with this machine. Nevertheless, it does tout the presence of AI-driven software program optimizations that try to enhance low-light efficiency by capturing a number of photographs of the identical topic after which compositing them.

This doesn’t sound too far faraway from Huawei’s night time mode, which options on a number of of its top-line units, together with the P30 Professional and Mate 20 Professional. I’d have an interest to see the way it performs on a far cheaper machine. At €99, the Nokia 2.2 retails at one-tenth of the worth of a Huawei P30 Professional.

The Nokia 2.2 comes with two choices for each RAM and storage. In each conditions, you’re going to wish to pay additional to max these out. When you may most likely handle with 2GB of RAM, it’d seemingly be a irritating expertise. That additional gigabyte will make all of the distinction, particularly in relation to searching and multitasking.

Equally, you’ll wish to double that storage from 16GB to 32GB. Bear in mind, the working system consumes a good chunk of that inside storage. You’ll need as a lot area as potential for apps, images, and future working system updates.

Though the Nokia 2.2 is reasonable, it’s additionally fairly fashionable, and appears much more premium than it’s. We recognize the tiny teardrop notch, which provides customers a good quantity of display screen real-estate to work with. This hides the cellphone’s 5MP front-facing digicam, which additionally helps face unlocking.

The cellphone is available in two colour choices: Metal and Tungsten Blue. On the aspect of the machine, you’ll discover a devoted button for Google Assistant. This can be a widespread function on HMD’s Nokia devices, and can be found on more expensive phones in the lineup, like the Nokia 4.2, which we’re currently in the midst of reviewing.

The Nokia 2.2 runs Android 9 Pie. That’s the latest and greatest version of Google’s mobile operating system. This phone is also part of the Android One program (incidentally, it’s also the cheapest device you can buy that’s Android One-certified), so you’re guaranteed to get a steady stream of software updates and patches.

As a recap, Android One certification promises the phone will receive two OS upgrades, plus three years of security updates. That’s more than enough to cover the typical lifespan of the phone itself.

Honestly, for the price, I’m struggling to find fault with this phone. Would I want to use it as my personal daily driver? God no. My tastes are expensive. I walk around with the Huawei P30 Pro, which is the caviar of Android smartphones.

But would I buy this for my tech-averse parents? Absolutely.

It does the job. It’s not too weedy, given the price. On paper, it’s capable of handling ordinary tasks. And, thanks to its Android One certification, I won’t have to worry about it being left to rot a few months after purchase when the vendor inevitably loses interest, as is the case with many other devices in the Android ecosystem.

There’s no word on US or UK availability and pricing yet. However, when it goes on sale in Europe, the entry-level model will retail for €99.

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Revealed June 6, 2019 — 13:56 UTC


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