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Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface

Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface
The Nokia 8 is expected to hit stores in the near future.
The Nokia 2 looks to be Nokia's first attempt at entering the extreme budget market space but images and leaked specifications aren't doing a good job of painting it in a good light.

Nokia's flagship, the Nokia 8, is set for imminent release and it promises to be quite the device. We'll be getting something a bit more subdued with the Nokia 2, though, as the OEM gets set to make a foray into the extreme budget segment. An image of the device surfaced earlier in the day, revealing some details of Nokia's new entry.

The Nokia 2 was shown alongside the Nokia 3, and both devices look identical, so we're expecting it to also sport a 5" HD display.  That aside, the Nokia 2 doesn't look special, as it opts for a large chin and, inexplicably, on-screen buttons. There's also no fingerprint reader in sight, and we don't expect it to come with one.

We've had reports that claim the Nokia 2 will be powered by a Snapdragon 212, and considering that's an entry-level 32-bit processor from 2015, we aren't thrilled. With that chip, you should be expecting performance reminiscent of devices from 2012. Using that processor would be a shocking move by the OEM, as there are better SoCs in the market for a device in that segment, with a number of MediaTek products coming to mind.

Except the Nokia 2 comes with a price tag in the region of $50 or so, we can't justify buying it over entries like the ZTE Blade Spark.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-07-21 (Update: 2017-07-21)