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The new Nokia 2.2: HMD Global's cheapest smartphone that will get Android Q

The Nokia 2.2. (Source: Nokia)
The Nokia 2.2. (Source: Nokia)
HMD Global has released the Nokia 2.2 today (June 6, 2019). It is a 5.71-inch device with either 2 or 3GB RAM, and may be sold for as little as €99 (US$112) worldwide. Despite this 'affordable' aspect, it is also an Android One device - which means it should be assured of an update beyond Pie.

HMD Global has launched the Nokia 2.2, which, at an anticipated RRP of 99 euros (about US$112) worldwide, may be its least expensive phone of 2019. This price is not reflected well in the device's 5.71-inch screen, complete with its "selfie notch". The brand also claims that this new super-budget phone is enhanced with AI, and has the always-on display more usually associated with Samsung flagships.

However, digging deeper into the specs shows that this veneer of premum turns out to be rather superficial. The appreciably large display has an HD+ resolution. In addition, it is a good thing the phone has AI, as it needs it for facial recognition: the only form of biometric authentication the Nokia 2.2 has. It offers as little as 2GB of RAM (with 16GB of internal storage), although there is also a 3GB/32GB option.

These internals are powered by the quad-core MediaTek Helio A22. In addition, the 2.2. has a single 13MP AutoHDR camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, as well as a microUSB charging port. Then again, the new Nokia has a back cover that can be removed and replaced; a real novelty in 2019.

In addition, the potential buyer may be pleased to learn that, after all is said and done, it is an Android One device. This means it almost certainly will get Android Q - and probably much quicker than other devices in its tier. So far, the Nokia 2.2 is available in the Indian market, where it is INR 6999 (or about $100) for its 2GB variant, or INR 1000 (~$15) more for the 3GB model.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06- 6 (Update: 2019-06- 6)