The long wait is over as Nokia 2.2 has been revealed by HMD Global in India on Thursday at a press event in New Delhi. Nokia 2.2, similar to all other latest Nokia offerings in India, is a part of Google's Android One Program, unlike its predecessor. The earlier model-Nokia 2.1 was based on the Android Go platform. Coming back to Nokia 2.2, despite being a part of the company's budget lineup, comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
The company has also promised that the Nokia 2.2 will be one of the few phones who will receive fastest updates for Android Q at this price bracket. The phone also comes with "Digital Wellbeing" features, including attractive features like Wind Down, App Timers, and improved Do Not Disturb functionality.
Similar to all other Nokia phones launched this year by HMD Global, the Nokia 2.2 also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button. The Google walkie-talkie feature can also be accessed directly by long-pressing the button. AI-powered scene detection technology is also available at the front and back image shooter of Nokia 2.2. Talking more about cameras, the company has taken active steps to improve the camera experience for customers by integrating low-light fusion technology alongside AI to improve night photography.
If we talk about other features, then Nokia 2.2 also comes with Face Unlock and Google Lens support. The body of Nokia 2.2 is made of polycarbonate, which is quite acceptable given the price phone. The phone is likely to compete directly against the likes of Realme C2, Realme C1, Asus ZenFone Max M1, and Infinix Smart 3 Plus in India.
According to HMD Global's recent press release, the pricing for Nokia 2.2 starts at INR 7699 for the 2GB + 16GB variant whereas the 3GB + 32GB variant comes with a price tag of INR 8,799. Although, the customers can avail the 2GB option for INR 6,999 and the 3GB variant for INR 7,999 till June 30 as a part of the limited period offer from the company.
The global retail price for Nokia 2.2 is set at EUR 99 (approx INR 7,700). The phone will be offered in two different color options-Steel and Tungsten Black colors.
Nokia 2.2 will be available for sale via Flipkart and Nokia online store, and all other major retail outlets of the company starting from June 11. The customers can also prebook the phone at the Nokia online stores.
Discussing more launch offers, Jio subscribers can get an instant cashback up to INR 2,200 along with 100 GB of additional data on purchase of Nokia 2.2. The extra cash back and discounts are only applicable for recharge of INR 198 and INR 299. The instant cashback of INR 220 will be credited in customers account in the form of 44 coupons worth INR 50/- each.
Nokia 2.2 has dual-SIM (Nano) slot options and comes with Android Pie out of the box. Talking about the display, it comes with a 5.71-inch HD+ display with 19.9 aspect ratio along with a water drop style display notch. The phone display can go extremely bright as much as 400 nits. Nokia 2.2 also gets powered by Mediatek Helio A22 SoC, clocked at 2GHZ and coupled with 2GB or 3GB of RAM.
On the camera front, this new Nokia budget phone has a 13 MP shooter at the back with an f/2.2 lens and single-tone LED flash. A 5 MP shooter is also present at back. As far as the phone battery goes, it comes with a 3,000 mAh battery with 5W charging support, up to 32 GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot (up to 400GB).
The connectivity feature list of Nokia 2.2 includes 4G LTE, Micro-USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. The phone weighs around 153 grams with dimensions of 145.96x70.56x9.3mm.
The Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, Juho Sarvikas, was seen in all praise for the company's latest Nokia offering at the press event as he said, "With the Nokia 2.2, we've brought the pinnacle of AI experiences to more people than ever before and including features like biometric face unlock with liveliness detection adding extra security to your phone, AI imaging, Google Lens and Google Assistant at the press of a button, we aim to revolutionise the way our fans interact with the phone."