HMD Global has launched the Nokia 2.3 as its newest entry-level smartphone. At an event held in Cairo last night, the company made Nokia 2.3 official as the successor to Nokia 2.2. The smartphone builds on the design language seen with Nokia 7.2 but retains the price of its predecessor. The company did not launch the Nokia 8.2 or Nokia 5.2, which was rumored to debut alongside the Nokia 2.3 at the event yesterday.
Nokia 2.3 is priced at 109 Euros (Rs 8,700 approx) and it will be available starting mid-December. The smartphone comes in three color options – Cyan Green, Sand, and Charcoal. There is no word on the global availability of Nokia 2.3 or an India launch as yet.
Nokia 2.3 builds on the minimalist design language seen on other HMD Global-made Nokia smartphones. In fact, it borrows a lot of design cues from the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2, which were critically acclaimed for their craftsmanship. The smartphone is made out of polymer with a metal casing inside. The smartphone is expected to launch in India soon and should be priced around Rs 7,000 to remain competitive.
Nokia 2.3 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 2.3 boots Android 9.0 Pie, a little surprising – though HMD Global does say the smartphone comes Android 10 ready, without providing a timeline for its update. The budget smartphone features a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) in-cell display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The Nokia 2.3 bears a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture, paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor that powers the Portrait Mode and multiple bokeh effects. HMD Global is also touting a Recommended Shot feature that takes 15 images before and after shutter press and then selects the best shot. The rear setup is accompanied by an LED flash module. On the front, the Nokia 2.3 offers a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
Like other Nokia smartphones, there is also now a dedicated Google Assistant button, which is a first for this series. The Finnish company says the back of the device has a 3D nano-textured cover for additional grip.
There is 32GB of inbuilt storage on the Nokia 3.2, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB (v2.0), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone runs off a 4,000mAh battery, accompanied by a 5W charger.