One of the 4 Nokia smartphones that were unveiled at MWC 2019 is finally available for purchase in the country.
According to HMD Global, the Nokia 4.2 is available starting today for Kshs 18,500.
This brings to 2 the total number of devices that the company has made available locally from that lineup since they were announced. The other device is the Nokia 1 Plus which went on sale at the beginning of April.
The rest of the devices, the Nokia 3.2 and the headline device, the penta-camera Nokia 9 PureView, are expected to be made available soon.
The Nokia 4.2’s standout feature, just like its smaller sibling the Nokia 3.2 and a host of budget devices from other Android device makers like LG also unveiled at MWC 2019, arrives with a feature that we have not seen on Nokia devices before: a dedicated Google Assistant button.
In addition, the device’s power button also features a “breathing light” that comes to life when one has unread notifications, in place of a front-facing LED light for doing the same.
For its price, though, what will capture the eyes of many will probably be its glass front and back, a design language we have also seen in Infinix’s similarly-priced S4 (6GB RAM variant).
At that price, the Nokia 4.2 will not only be facing off with the superior variant of the Infinix S4, it will also have to fend off competition from Samsung’s new Galaxy A20, Huawei’s Y7 Prime 2019 among others.
On the photography front, where its competition has set its eyes on, the Nokia 4.2 features a 13-megapixel camera flanked by a depth sensor for portrait imagery.
The Nokia 4.2 arrives with Android 9 Pie straight out of the box and, as an Android One device, it is set to be among the first in line to receive not only the monthly security updates but also major operating system upgrades over coming years.
“The Nokia 4.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates,” notes the statement from HMD Global’s local office announcing the device’s availability.