Nokia 2.3 was launched at an event in Egypt worldwide. The main highlights include the Android One program, a 4,000 mAh battery and a dual camera setup on the back. This phone is the successor to the Nokia 2.2, which was launched in June this year and features improvements to the battery, camera and display fronts. The Nokia 2.3 is positioned in the budget segment and is sold in Europe for 109 euros (around 8,600 rupees). It should start in India in the sub-Rs. 10,000 bracket – a densely populated segment where it can keep up with Redmi Note 8, Realme 5s, Vivo U10 and others. Currently, the company has only introduced one variant internationally, and it is uncertain whether the India model will have the same configuration.
We were able to spend a little time with the Nokia 2.3 on the verge of the global event, and here are our first impressions.
The Nokia 2.3 is initially larger than its predecessor and also significantly heavier. The Nokia 2.2 weighs 153 grams, while the Nokia 2.3 weighs 183 grams. The weight gain is due to the 4,000 mAh battery, which is said to offer a battery life of two days. However, due to our short time on the phone, we could not test this. Despite the weight gain, the phone lies lightly in the hand and offers a first-class appearance overall. It has metal sides and a polymer back wall with a “3D nanotexture” for better grip. The phone has a large 6.2-inch HD + display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19: 9. The water drop style is more V-shaped than the rounded one on the Nokia 2.2. There is also a chin and a Nokia logo at the bottom of the display.
In our short time with the device, we found that the display was reasonably bright with good color rendering. It was a bit reflective when direct light fell on it, but we couldn't test it in daylight. We recommend that you wait for our full review to see how well the display works outdoors and when streaming video.
The phone was launched in Egypt in three colors: sand, charcoal and cyan green. The dual camera setup is located in the upper middle of the rear area. It has a 13-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of 1: 2.2 and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for better portraits. The company added a new feature called Recommended Shot, which takes multiple shots of the same frame in quick succession and gives you the best, based on AI calculations. The recommended shot is marked with a dot and the user can keep each photo out of the series.
The camera module on the back does not protrude like many devices and sits in a metal ring that could protect the lenses from scratches. The Nokia 2.3 is equipped with a 5-megapixel selfie sensor, which is located in the waterdrop-shaped notch, and the company offers AI beauty filters that users can tinker with. The photos we were able to take in the short time we had with the device seemed to have good details and depth of field. Low light shots appeared to have little noise. However, we reserve the full opinion of the camera when we examine the Nokia 2.3 in detail.
There is no fingerprint sensor on the Nokia 2.3, but facial recognition has been integrated. The Nokia 2.3 is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 processor, which is identical to the Nokia 2.2. In our brief experience with the phone, browsing the user interface had no delays or problems. The phone is part of the Android One program and runs on the standard Android Pie. This means that there is no bloatware, no customization, and no advertising. There is no Android One branding this time, although users have been promised two years of software upgrades and three years of monthly security updates. The phone's user interface is clear and minimalistic. The app drawer protrudes from below, while the notification shadow can be pulled down from above. The phone is being marketed as Android 10 ready, but no rollout schedule has yet been announced.
The Nokia 2.3 has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space. There is also support for memory expansion (up to 512 GB) via the microSD card slot. The volume rocker and the on / off switch are on the right side and there is a special Google Assistant button on the left side. The 3.5mm audio jack is on the top and the bottom has a micro USB connector and a speaker. It's disappointing to see that HMD Global is still sticking to the micro USB standard, while other phones like the Redmi Note 8 offer a USB Type-C port in the same price range. This is a dual SIM phone with an additional slot for a microSD card.
The Nokia 2.3 does not offer NFC, but has Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n and GPS. With these internals, the Nokia 2.3 brings a lot to the table in addition to the standard Android experience. HMD Global also promises two years of software support and three years of monthly security patches.
HMD Global competes with companies such as Xiaomi and Realme and uses the quality of the camera and battery life as the main selling point for the new Nokia 2.3. Overall, this phone looks and feels great. It has a larger display that is still easy to use with one hand. At $ 109, it could turn out to be a good choice for users who hate bloated custom Android user interfaces. The performance on the Indian market will largely depend on the price. It should appear here soon and we will have the exact date and starting price for you as soon as HMD Global announces it.