HMD Global’s cheapest smartphone, yet, the Nokia 2, starts selling in Kenya

The Nokia 2 is finally selling in the country, a little over a month since it was officially unveiled.

The device’s distinction is its ability to serve up a desirable Android smartphone experience, the sort that we would expect from Android One devices, on a budget.

Specifications of the device are as follows:

Size143.5 x 71.3 x 9.30mm
Display5.0-inch HD LTPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
CameraPrimary camera: 8MP auto focus with LED flash
Front-facing camera: 5MP fixed focus
ProcessorSnapdragon 212
Memory1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage (expandable up to 128GB)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1, Nougat (upgrade to Android 8.0, Oreo coming soon)
Battery4,100mAh
Network3G, 4G
SensorsAmbient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB
OtherFM radio, IP52 certification (drip protection)
Colour optionsPewter/Black, Pewter/White and Copper/Black

According to communication sent this morning by HMD Global, the device will go for Kshs 11,000, a little less than its elderly sibling’s starting price of Kshs 15,000, at Safaricom shops countrywide as well as through other retailers. A third-party retailer, PriceinKenya, has the device priced at Kshs 12,500.

The Nokia 2 brings serious competition to similarly-priced devices from the likes of iTel, Infinix, Tecno, Gtel and others currently making waves in the local market.

Only the Pewter/Black and Pewter/White colour options will be made available.

The device will be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants.

 

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Emmanuel Chenze

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