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Nokia 2.1


Nokia 2.1
Nokia 2.1 (2 Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) 4 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
1024 MB 
5.50 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 267 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, 6 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: Up to 128 GB microSD cards, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, micro USB
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. 3G/HSPA: B1, B5, B8. LTE: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40., Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.7 x 153.6 x 77.6 ( = 0.38 x 6.05 x 3.06 in)
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera: 8 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo front-facing speakers, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-A to micro USB cable, headphones, Android One, 24 Months Warranty, SAR values: Head - 0.793 W/kg, Body - 1.427 W/kg, fanless
174 g ( = 6.14 oz / 0.38 pounds), Power Supply: 58 g ( = 2.05 oz / 0.13 pounds)
100 Euro



Average Score: 66.98% - average
Average of 6 scores (from 14 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 32%, features: 48%, display: 67% mobility: 94%, workmanship: 67%, ergonomy: 70%, emissions: 97%

Reviews for the Nokia 2.1

74.9% Nokia 2.1 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Nokia 2.1 succeeds the Nokia 2 and manages to be both cheaper and more powerful than its predecessor. The amount of RAM and flash storage are still meagre though, but the device runs Android One Oreo Edition, which should mean that it remains updated with the latest security patches. Find out in our review for whom the Nokia 2.1 is suited and what buyers can expect from the device.
60% Nokia 2.1 Review: All about the battery
Source: Htxt Africa English version
If you are looking for a smartphone that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, this phone can get the job done. Considering the price of this phone plus the fact that it is stylish, and has great battery life, the Nokia 2.1 is a solid entry-level phone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Nokia 2.1 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English version
As keen as we are on affordable phones, the Nokia 2.1's performance tests your patience too much.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Nokia 2.1 review: a tale of misplaced priorities
Source: Neowin English version
The end result is that unless you really care about battery life and Android updates, you'll be better served elsewhere, a conclusion HMD could have easily avoided had it made just a few decisions differently and had its priorities straight.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Nokia 2.1 Review: Android Go Done Right
Source: Unbox English version
While the Nokia 2.1 will face a tough market consisting of budget phones sporting regular Android and beefier internals, HMD Global has a fighting chance with their budget phablet. Bearing standout features like a big battery, stereo speakers, and a well-optimized OS, the Nokia 2.1 is one of the best budget phones we have reviewed for 2018.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2018
Nokia 2.1 Unboxing, Quick Review: Android Go-Powered Entertainment Buddy
Source: Unbox English version
The Nokia 2.1 retails for Php 5,990 and is available at stores nationwide. While people may find it too expensive for an Android Go phone, the Nokia 2.1 comes with standout features such as stereo speakers, generous 4000mAh battery, and a clean, minimalist look. We will be using it as our daily driver and determine if it is one of the better Android Go phones out in the market.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2018
Hands on: Nokia 2 (2018) review
Source: Techradar English version
There’s a lot to like about the Nokia 2.1 for the price, but it's unlikely to offer the best bang for your buck in the budget phone market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2018

Foreign Reviews

57% Nokia 2.1, análisis
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 57% performance: 50% display: 50% mobility: 100% workmanship: 60%
80% Recensione Nokia 2.1 by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 60% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Preview Nokia 2.1 by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN version
Positive: Beautiful display; decent hardware; nice cameras; metal case; stylish design; large battery capacity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2018
Recenzja Nokia 2.1. Niezawodna Nokia na potrzeby ludzi z 2018?
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN version
Positive: Solid workmanship; bright screen; decent speakers; high autonomy; separate microSD slot. Negative: No fingerprint sensor; poor cameras; mediocre connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2018
Nokia 2.1: Lựa chọn tuyệt vời dành cho người dùng cơ bản
Source: FPT shop VN→EN version
Positive: Low price; big screen; simple design; long battery life; nice dual speakers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/20/2019
Đánh giá nhanh Nokia 2.1: Android Go mượt mà, thời lượng pin tốt
Source: TechTimes VN VN→EN version
Positive: Smooth firmware; long battery life; quick charging. Negative: Plastic case.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/08/2018
Nokia 2.1 - màn hình kính cong, pin 4.000 mAh, giá bình dân
Source: Zing VN→EN version
Positive: Attractive design; large battery capacity; nice performance; low price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/10/2018
Trên tay nhanh Nokia 2.1: Phiên bản nâng cấp giá rẻ mà "chất" của Nokia
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN version
Positive: Low price; decent speakers; nice design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2018


Model: Once a giant in the industry, Nokia has been put in the background in the market for such a long time. Despite this, they are still surviving and have recently released many budget friendly smartphones. Following the same theme, the Nokia 2.1 is a budget smartphone which features entry-level hardware specifications. The sleek design with metallic colored detailing makes the new Nokia 2 stand out. The dark blue back has a coarse touch which provides good grip to the palm. It also retains its looks without having a lot of fingerprint smudges after a whole day of usage with its polycarbonate materials. The Nokia 2.1 amplifies viewing experience. Despite being a budget phone, a user can watch their favorite shows with a friend on the 5.5’’ HD screen that’s big enough to share or indulge in a moment. The two full-size speaker grilles in the front complete the experience with an immersive stereo sound. However, the screen is an IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, which gives a pixel density of 267 PPI. The traditional 16:9 screen ratio makes the device wider and it has a bigger bezel around the screen. The Nokia 2.1's rear camera is a single 8 MP main sensor. The camera app is also relatively well-done, with the HDR, Panorama, flash, manual mode, and delayed shot options easily accessible. It is not a high-end sensor, it just gets the job done. Besides the 8 MP rear camera, it also features a 5 MP front shooter for selfies.

It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 CPU processor with 8 GB storage and 1 GB RAM. The storage can be expanded by up to 128 GB via a microSD card. The internal storage that a user is able to use is only 4.5 GB as the rest is taken up by the system, which is not nearly enough without expanding via microSD card. The performance is just enough to run less memory demanding application. It is recommended to install the lite version of apps in order to have a smoother experience in terms of performance. The Nokia 2.1 features a large 4,000 mAh battery, which is one plus point for the phone because it will have a long battery life. It can easily last for a day. As for software, Nokia provides 3 years of monthly security updates for the phone, as well as a guarantee of upgrading the phone to the next two major Android releases from when the phone launched. This means the 2.1 will be upgraded to Android 10, which is another plus. As a conclusion, Nokia has successfully launched a very budget device successfully. It can satisfy basic users and makes the perfect secondary phone or a phone for the elderly. It is more than enough to do basic tasks such as picking up calls and reading.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 308: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 425 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

425: Entry-level SoC that was announced in February 2016. It integrates 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, an LPDDR3 memory controller and wireless radios for WiFi and 4G/LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Nokia: Nokia is a Finnish company founded in 1865 and headquartered in Finland. The company is known for its telecommunications equipment and cell phones. Nokia was one of the leading manufacturers of cell phones in the 1990s and has expanded its business into networking and technology solutions in recent years. 

In 2011, Nokia partnered with Microsoft on Windows-based cell phones and sold the entire cell phone division to Microsoft in 2014, which limited the Nokia brand name to basic cell phones. In 2016, Finnish electronics manufacturer HMD Global entered into a licensing agreement with Nokia, bought the remaining Nokia name rights from Microsoft Mobile, and since 2017 has exclusively offered Nokia cell phones worldwide, which are based on Android, among other things, and are produced by Foxconn.

66.98%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2018-08-26)