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HMD's new budget Nokia 2.2 phone is bringing back the removable battery

The Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with micro-USB charging port and $139 USD price tag, but it sports a removable battery — a rarity in smartphones today. (Source: Nokia)
The Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with micro-USB charging port and $139 USD price tag, but it sports a removable battery — a rarity in smartphones today. (Source: Nokia)
The US$139 Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with limited features in many ways, but recent news has revealed the return of a cherished feature for many: user-replaceable batteries.

HMD Global has putting a fair bit of effort into bringing the Nokia brand back into relevance since it first started producing feature-phones with the licensed name in 2016. Though their flagship phones such as the PureView have been considered a bit lacking by critics, the low and mid-end Nokia phones have been received fairly well on the low and mid-end due to their adoption of Android One, attractive designs, and low prices.

HMD looks to be doubling-down on the budget sector with the Nokia 2.2, which we reported on back in June when details first became available. At first glance there isn't much interesting about the Nokia 2.2 compared to other phones in its sub-140 USD price range: 5.71-inch 720p LCD display, plastic chassis, MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, and micro-USB charging port. There's one nice detail that's just come out courtesy of Ars Technica, however: its 3000 mAh battery will be user-replacable.

That's a feature which has become rarer and rarer as we've moved into 2019, but one we here at Notebookcheck wholeheartedly endorse (based on our recent editorials on the matter, anyway). If you are interested in a budget Android One phone with a removable battery and decent looks, the Nokia 2.2 is available via BestBuy and Amazon.com in the US as of today.

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Douglas Black, 2019-07-17 (Update: 2019-07-18)
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