One of HMD Global’s newest phones, the Nokia C2, is now available for purchase in the country.
The device, announced last month, follows in the footsteps of the Nokia C1, which entered the local market in December last year.
Of course, like the Nokia C1, the new Nokia C2 rekindles memories of a device going by a similar name: a feature phone from 2010-2011 whose cling to fame was a memory card slot, a tiny 1.8-inch colour display and a phone book that could hold up to a thousand contacts.
Like the C1 before it, the Nokia C2 goes for a typical barebones entry-level feature set with a slightly larger display (at 5.7 inches) that is now, thankfully, upgraded to HD resolution. Things are still the same on the memory front – 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage space – and the battery sees a slight bump to a 2,800mAh unit.
The camera situation remains the same: you still get two 5-megapixel shooters on both the front and the back that are capable of shooting HD video at 30 frames per second.
The device also arrives rocking the Go edition of Android 9 Pie.
The new stuff includes connectivity on 4G networks and a dedicated button for summoning the Google Assistant.
Whereas the Nokia C1 started at Kshs 6,000 last year, an amount that we could easily excuse given its sparse feature set, the C2’s price is a little higher than that. According to HMD Global, the device is retailing at Kshs 8,200 locally. View that the way you will.
At that price, Xiaomi’s Redmi 7A, despite its age, would wipe the floor with it. Would because the device is no longer available through some of the retail channels like Gree Chain which trades using the Xiaomi Kenya brand having been dropped in favour of its able successor, the Redmi 8A.
The phone, which comes in black and cyan colours, is available countrywide through Safaricom’s retail outlets as well as other open retail channels.