From Vishnu Anand
New Delhi, November 5 2017: HMD Global, inheritors of the famed Nokia name in smarthones, chose the unlikely locale of a metro rail station in Gurgaon to unveil their latest handset -- Nokia 2.
Its USP will appeal to Indians: Long battery life -- some two days of use from a 4100 mAh cell -- and a compelling price that is likely to be less than Rs 7000.
It comes on the heels of the recently -launched Nokia 8 that addresses a higher priced market.
Built on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform and sporting the Android 7.1.1 OS (upgradeable to Android 8 very soon), the 5 inch HD display phone sports 8 MP autofocus rear ( with flash) and 5 MP front cameras, 1 GB DDR3 RAM and 8 GB of storage expandable to 128 GB.
Said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global:"“With the Nokia 2, we wanted to replicate the unique Android experience we’ve delivered so far with the long-lasting battery which so many fans associate and expect from their Nokia phones. To make this a reality, every component of the Nokia 2- from the display to battery, chipset to system design - has been engineered to draw as little power as possible from the huge battery to give fans a long-lasting phone they can rely on.”
Added Larry Paulson,President, Qualcomm India: “The new generation of Indians have leapfrogged to the digital world by embracing the smartphone. The new Nokia 2 brings reliability, affordability and cutting-edge battery life to meet the requirements of the new age smartphone user.”
While Google Assistant-ready, the phone will appeal to buyers who like native Android, without any preinstalls or skins from the maker.
Network-wise this is a 4G VoLTE device and the global price is €99.