After making a debut in Europe and India last month, the Nokia 2.2 budget smartphone is now available the United States.

Priced at $139, this phone clearly isn’t a flagship device. But it does have some attractive specs including 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Android One software, and a 3,000 mAh battery — which is removable (a rarity in modern smartphones).

The Nokia 2.2 is available for purchase from Amazon and Best Buy.

The smartphone sports a 5.71 inch, 1520 x 720 pixel IPS LCD display with rounded corners and a small notch for the 5MP front-facing camera.

There’s a 13MP camera on the back, a microSD card reader, and no fingerprint sensor — but the phone does support face unlock.

As an Android One device, the Nokia 2.2 will ship with Android 9.0 Pie software and it should receive monthly security updates for at least three years and major operating system updates for at least two years, so expect an Android Q update later this year.

The phone’s weakest point is probably the MediaTek Helio A22 processor, which is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor that’s on par with what you’d expect from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-series processor. But it would have probably been unreasonable to expect anything more powerful in a $139 smartphone.

via Ars Technica

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15 replies on “Nokia 2.2 now available for $139 (Android One, Face unlock, removable battery)”

  1. wow im impress for a budget phone better than some of 1gb ram phones out there redmi go

  2. “The smartphone sports a 5.1 inch, 1520 x 720 pixel IPS LCD display”

    The usual Liliputing type regarding the screen size. But hey! That’s why we love your site! 🙂

    1. Ugh, that one is annoying me though. There is a big difference between a 5.71 inch screen and a 5.1 inch screen. A .61 inch difference in fact!

      Anyway, thanks for letting me know. I’ve updated the article.

  3. USA buyers beware – LTE support for this phone is virtually non-existent. Good luck trying to use it. Typical of all the modern Nokia phones, they are global devices. I would love for Nokia to offer better USA network support and I would buy their products faster than you can read this.

    1. According to the specs listed at Best Buy, it covers all of the major LTE bands for AT&T and T-Mobile (2, 4, 5, 12, 17

      1. That’s the only listing I’ve seen that shows those bands. This is something that would need to be clarified for those interested. I wouldn’t trust the store listing on its own.

        1. Yeah I never trust any specs on the Best Buy website. Doesn’t mean this phone couldn’t have the LTE bands, just saying I don’t trust Best Buy as an authority on the matter.

          1. Very good and thanks for the info. I did not see the model number on the Best Buy page initally, and there’s little available about the regional variants out there. Though a search of the 1179 does bring up other sources showing the same US bands, so the Best Buy specs appear to be correct.

  4. That’s actually very reasonable. 3/32 is better than my backup old Nokia 5 which only has 2/16.

  5. Pretty smart marketing. Take an old brand with good name recognition and sell whitebox products.

    1. It’s more than that — HMD, who design and sell Nokia phones, are very much a continuation of the old company. It was founded by former Nokia execs and is headquartered in the old Nokia building in Espoo, Finland. It’s as close to the old Nolia as we’re going to get until someone invents a time machine.

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