Nokia 2 hands-on review – tests


It’s been less than a year since Nokia made its big comeback with Android and the company has already launched six phones since then. The latest one to be announced is the Nokia 2, which made its global debut at an event in India yesterday.

Nokia 2 review

The nomenclature should make it clear but the Nokia 2 will be the most affordable smartphone in the range. It’s no coincidence that the launch was in India, because India and other developing markets will be the key demographic for a low-price device like the Nokia 2.

But affordability isn’t all Nokia is going for here. The key feature that the company is talking about is the 2-day battery life thanks to the large 4100mAh battery. The phone also boasts of an aluminum frame, an LTPS IPS display and the promise of stock Android with fast updates.

Nokia 2 key specifications
Body: Aluminum frame, polycarbonate back
Display: 5.0-inch, 1280×720 resolution LTPS IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC; 1.3GHz 4x Cortex-A7 CPU; Adreno 304 GPU
Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM with microSD support
Rear Camera: 8 megapixel with autofocus and LED flash
Front Camera: 5 megapixel
Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/BeiDou/GLONASS, microUSB
Power: 4100mAh non-removable battery
Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Other features: IP52 drip protection, FM radio

On paper, the Nokia 2 isn’t much. But then again, it’s not supposed to be. Nokia is targeting the phone at feature phone customers who will be upgrading to a smartphone for the first time. This is why battery life was the key focus for the Nokia 2, as feature phone users are used to multiple days of battery life.

Nokia 2 press photos - Nokia 2 review
Nokia 2 press photos - Nokia 2 review

Nokia 2 press photos

We had a brief hands-on with the device at the launch event and here are our first impressions.