[Update 2: Launched in US] Nokia 2.3 launches with Android One based on Android 9 Pie and a microUSB port
Following the launch of the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 at IFA 2019, HMD Global is back at it again with a new budget-centric device. At a recent event in Egypt, the company announced the new Nokia 2.3 an Android One device running Android 9 Pie out of the box. The device features a 6.2-inch HD+ display, a dual-camera setup on the back and it boasts of some impressive AI features.
|Dimensions and Weight||157.69x 75.41 x 8.68 mm;
|Display||6.2″ HD+ (720 x 1520);
|SoC||MediaTek Helio A22:
Quad-code (4x A53 @2.0GHz)
|RAM and Storage||2GB + 32GB;
Expandable through dedicated microSD card slot
|Rear Camera||13MP, f/2.2 + 2MP depth sensor|
|Front Camera||5MP, f/2.4|
|Android Version||Android 9 Pie|
The new Nokia 2.3 is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 chip, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It includes a microSD card slot for expansion with support for up to 400GB cards. While the hardware may not sound all that impressive, Nokia is banking on the device’s AI capabilities to entice buyers. For instance, the company talked about a new ‘Recommended Shot’ feature that will help users take great photos with the device’s 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup. It also includes features like ‘Portrait mode’ and a night mode for better image capture in a variety of settings. Up on the front, the device has a 5MP selfie-shooter house in the notch at the top.
The device is backed up by a 4,000mAh battery which, the company claims, can easily provide two days of use on a single charge. In order to provide the best battery life, Nokia has included an AI-assisted Adaptive Battery technology in the Nokia 2.3. This technology will learn from your usage and optimize apps to offer longer battery life. On the outside, the phone features a design reminiscent of other budget devices from the company with a durable polymer body that has a 3D nano-textured coating to ensure that the device sits securely in your hands.
Speaking of the launch, HMD Global’s CPO Juho Sarvikas was quoted saying, “Consumers world over have really appreciated the Nokia 2 family of products. The Nokia 2.3 is a step forward in our promise of offering you an experience that stays fresh longer – giving consumers access to two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates even in the affordable price tier. On top, it offers industry-leading AI for this segment, large screen and our signature promise of two-day battery life – making it the ideal pick for those who rely on their smartphone as their primary screen.”
While the device ships with Android 9 Pie, Nokia has promised regular security updates for three years and OS update for two years. This means that the phone will be upgraded to Android 10 sometime down the line. One really interesting thing about the device, however, is that it features a dedicated Google Assistant button to help users easily activate the voice assistant. In terms of connectivity, the device includes 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/A-GPS, a micro-USB port for charging and data syncing, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Nokia 2.3: Pricing and Availability
The Nokia 2.3 will be made available in Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal color variants and it’s priced at a reasonable €109(~$121). The device is expected to go on sale mid-December, but we currently don’t have any information regarding its India release.
Update 1: Nokia 2.3 launched in India for ₹8,199 (~$115)
HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 2.3 will also be made available in India, starting from December 27, 2019. The phone will come in Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal colors, and will cost ₹8,199 (~$115) for the 2GB/32GB variant. You can buy it from Nokia.com as well as offline retail outlets across India.
Update 2: Launched in US
HMD Global is launching the super affordable Nokia 2.3 in the US. The phone will be available this week for pre-order from Best Buy for only $129 (the page is not live at the time of posting). It will also be available on Amazon next week. The Nokia 2.3 is an Android One phone but it won’t launch with Android 10, though it shouldn’t be long before it gets the update. You can get the phone in Charcoal and Sand colors.