Nokia 2.2 and Nokia 3.2 make an entry in Nepal, could it fight for best budget phones?

Nokia has been releasing a series of affordable smartphones, mostly being entry-level and budget phones vying to reign smartphones under 10000, 15000 and 20000 price segments. Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 2.2 are some recent smartphones. Nokia 2.2 was first seen in June and Nokia 3.2 in February, however, these two budget-oriented phones were recently released in Nepal this July.

Nokia 2.2

Nokia 2.2 is, sure, an entry-level priced phone but the aesthetics of the phone doesn’t disappoint. The handset houses a relatively larger 5.71-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. There is waterdrop notch on the top, noticeable side bezels and thick chin on the bottom, which can be ignored for this price. Another thing to be noticed is, the smartphone has a dedicated button for Google Assistant on the left edge and back-facing speaker.

Speaking of the camera, the Nokia 2.2 packs a single 13MP lens with an f/2.2 aperture on the back and a LED flash below it. On the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera. And as the phone lacks a fingerprint sensor for biometric login, the selfie camera can also act as biometric security for Face Unlock.

Nokia 2.2 Price in Nepal

Performance-wise, the phone is powered by an entry-level quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 chipset and coupled with either 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 400GB via microSD.

The device comes in two different colors; Steel and Tungsten Black, and has a removable polycarbonate rear panel. Inside, it has a 3,000mAh battery.

Besides all the modest specs for this price, the phone does excel at one thing; OS and software. The Nokia 2.2, like most of Nokia’s recent smartphones, comes with unadulterated stock Android OS; Android One based on Android 9.0 (Pie). In fact, the phone is promised with two years of future OS updates, which means Nokia 2.2 will get the Android Q and R updates, possibly making Nokia 2.2 the most affordable phone to get Android Q. To sweeten the pot, the company has committed to providing three years of security updates for the phone.

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Nokia 2.2 Price in Nepal

The Nokia 2.2 is available in two variants to buy in Nepal; 2/16GB variant and 3/32GB variant. The phone costs INR 6100 for 2/16GB variant and INR 7999 for 3/32GB in India. However, in Nepal, the price for Nokia 2.2 2/16GB variant is Rs. 11,490 and Rs. 13,490 for 3/32GB.

Nokia 2.2 Color Variants

Nokia 2.2 Highlights

Reasons to Buy Reasons not to Buy
Stock Android with no bloatware Underpowered processor
Good battery life Poor cameras
No fast charging support
Lacks fingerprint sensor

 

Nokia 2.2 Specs Overview

  • Release Date: June 2019
  • Display: 71-inch IPS HD+ (720 x 1520) display, 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie (Android One), Upgradable to Android Q and Android R
  • RAM: 2/3 GB
  • Storage: 16/32 GB, expandable up to 400GB via SD card
  • Rear Camera: 13MP, f/2.2, Autofocus & LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh battery, microUSB 2.0
  • Nokia 2.2 Price in Nepal: Rs. 11,490 (2/16GB) and Rs. 13,490 (3/32GB)

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Nokia 3.2

Nokia 3.2 is somewhere between Nokia 2.2 and Nokia 4.2, and another budget offering from the company. However, Nokia 3.2 was released months, on Feb 2019, before than the Nokia 2.2’s June release.

The Nokia 3.2 shares a similar design approach from Nokia 2.2. It has waterdrop notch on the top, side bezels, and chin on the bottom, and glossy plastic body. There is also dedicated Google Assistant button to wake up the Google without having to say any commands on the left side and power button with surrounding notification light on the right. The 3.2 has a little security upgrade from the 2.2, as it employs rear-mounted fingerprint scanner below the vertical aligned camera and flash, but for 3/32GB variant only.

Nokia 3.2 Black

The smartphone has a 6.26-inch IPS LCD with 720-by-1520 resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 chipset. To accompany, this is paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, or 3GB and 32GB storage. The storage capacity is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card.

Speaking of the cameras on the phone, there is a single 13MP lens with f/2.2 aperture on the back, and 5MP with an aperture f/2.2 on the front, identical to what we have seen on Nokia 2.2. The rear camera can shoot 1080p videos at 30 frame-per-second.

Nokia 3.2 comes with Android One based on Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. The smartphone is set to receive the software updates for two years and security patches for three years from Google. Meaning the Nokia 3.2 will be receiving Android Q and R as soon as they come.

Nokia 3.2 Android One Pie

The phone is available in two different colors— Black and Steel ­— and has a non-removable 4000mAh battery packed inside.

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Nokia 3.2 Price in Nepal

The Nokia 3.2 is available in two variants; 2/16GB variant and 3/32GB variant. The phone costs INR 7000 for 2/16GB variant and INR 9000 for 3/32GB in India. However, in Nepal, only Nokia 3.2 3/32GB variant is for sale and the price is Rs. 16,490.

Nokia 3.2 Highlights

Reasons to Buy Reasons not to Buy
Stock Android with no bloatware Underpowered processor
Larger display Poor cameras
Capable battery No fast charging support
Base variant lacks a fingerprint sensor

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Nokia 3.2 Specs Overview

  • Release Date: Feb 2019
  • Display: 26-inch TFT HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels) waterdrop notch display, 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 429
  • RAM: 2/3 GB
  • Storage: 16/32 GB, expandable up to 400GB via SD card
  • Rear Camera: 13MP, f/2.2 with AF, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2
  • Sensors: Ambient light, Proximity, Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor (only on 3/32GB Variant)
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie, Android One
  • Battery: 4000mAh battery
  • Colors: Black, Steel
  • Nokia 3.2 Price in Nepal: Rs. 16,490 (3/32GB)

 

What’s your view on HMD Global’s latest Nokia budget smartphones? Are they worthy of the price comparing to Xiaomi Redmi 7, Realme 3i and C2? Do let us know in the comments below!


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