Nokia 2.1 is a New HMD Global Made Smartphone Powered by Android Go

In a press conference that HMD Global just recently held in Moscow, Russia, the company has officially launched three new smartphones. One of these phones is an Android Go equipped device called the Nokia 2.1.

From last year's Nokia 2, the new Nokia 2.1 has a few interesting upgrades this year. One of those is the implementation of the latest entry-level optimized Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). If you are not familiar with the Android Go Edition yet coming from Google, you may want to check my other post about it here. Basically, Android Go ensures that the phone should runs smoothly even though it is only having at least 1GB of RAM, plus users are guaranteed direct software updates from Google itself.

Apart from the OS, the new Nokia 2.1 also gets an upgrade on the processor side, it is now equipped with Snapdragon 425. HMD Global says it is about 50% faster than its predecessor.

The Nokia 2.1 comes with a larger 5.5-inch display with HD or 720p resolution right out of the box. And as for the cameras, users will get a 8MP and 5MP rear and front combination with this one. Since this is an entry level smartphone, do not expect too much from its camera but it should provide decent quality photos.

Keeping the lights on is a massive 4000mAh battery which HMD Global claims that it should last for more than 2 days on a single charge.

Nokia 2.1 specs:
  • 5.5-inch HD ISP display
  • 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 128GB
  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android Oreo 8.1 (Go Edition) 
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS
  • Blue/Copper, Silver/Grey, Blue/Silver
  • 4000mAh battery 
  • $115 (Php6,000)
The Nokia 2.1 is expected to be available sometime in July this year. This device is priced at $115 or about Php6,000.

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