The Nokia 2, the latest smartphone from HMD Global, will be available in the Philippines from February 9. This, after first launching in other markets last November.
A basic Android handset that is said to offer a two-day battery life, the Nokia 2 is priced at P5,290 or around $100 locally and now on preorder online through Argomall. It will go on sale offline at MemoXpress stores nationwide. Throughout the month of February, customers can get two Nokia 2 units at zero percent interest on Home Credit for a discounted sum of P10,000 ($194).
The phone arrives in an understated yet elegant form factor rocking a 5-inch, HD screen and a quad-core Qualcomm processor shipping with 1GB of RAM. That said, if you’re looking for something that can handle the latest and most polished games at decent frame rates, you’d be better off looking at other models. There are more capable phones out there for the same money.
But as far as battery life is concerned, those lowly specs do the Nokia 2 a favor. A hefty 4,100mAh battery powers the unit, meaning it should be able to deliver two days of normal use on a single charge. And the rest of the specifications? You get an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies. Android Nougat runs the show out of the box, with a planned upgrade to Oreo at some point in the future.
Official introduction video for the Nokia 2
Given the sudden emergence of 18:9 phones at bargain-basement prices in the Philippines, as well as the impending return of Xiaomi, the next couple of months may well indicate whether or not the Nokia brand name still holds considerable influence among local consumers.
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