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Budget Nokia 2 smartphone now available in the US

Nokia 2 affordable smartphone with 4,100 mAh battery (Source: Nokia)
Nokia 2 (Source: Nokia)
The 5-inch Nokia 2 is available in the US via Amazon for just US$99. Sadly, this Qualcomm Snapdragon 212-powered handset works on GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T, but it cannot be used on Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

Those who remember the good old days when Nokia phones could easily handle even being repeatedly kicked by Chuck Norris already have a few smartphones made by HMD Global to choose from, such as the resilient Nokia 6. However, the Nokia 2 also comes with an increased battery life and is the most affordable Nokia smartphone currently on the market. Now, the Nokia fans in the US on a very tight budget who want more than the new 3310 can grab the Nokia 2 for less than US$100 via Amazon.

In case you missed the official announcement of this new Nokia phone at the end of last month, you should know that the Nokia 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor, a chip that integrates an Adreno 304 GPU. Next to this quad-core processor, the Nokia 2 also features 1 GB RAM and just 8 GB internal storage space, but there is also a microSD slot that supports memory cards up to 128 GB in size.

In the visual department, we find a 5-inch LTPS touchscreen display with 1,280 x 720 pixels, as well as two modest cameras. The front camera has 5 MP, while on the back of the Nokia 2 there is an 8 MP image shooter that features automatic scene detection and autofocus.

The Nokia 2 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and, although it is a low-end handset, it should receive the next two major updates for Google's mobile operating system. This smartphone also comes with Google Assistant, a very rare feature in the sub-US$100 area of the market.

Available in white, black, and copper finish, the Nokia 2 is made combining a sculpted polycarbonate body with an aluminum frame, while its display is protected using a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer. Sadly, its 4,100 mAh battery is non-removable. Those interested should be able to get it from Amazon as soon as a new batch arrives since all the three color options mentioned above are currently listed as "temporarily out of stock" and there is no shipping date for new orders yet.

At last, before placing an order, you should keep in mind that the Nokia 2 only works on T-Mobile and AT&T, but also on the mobile virtual networks owned by these two giants, such as MetroPCS, AirVoice Wireless, or Cricket Wireless.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11-18 (Update: 2017-11-18)