One of the advantages to owning a lower power smartphone is that battery life should be a high point, at least compared to a flagship handset. That is precisely the case with Nokia's new Nokia 2 handset. Why call it the Nokia 2? The number in its model name is indicative of the claimed 2-days of battery life on a single charge, provided by a rather capacious 4,100 mAh battery pack.
Nokia's pitch is that "frequent top-up charges will become a thing of the past" with the Nokia 2. Of course, that will depend on usage, though the Nokia 2 is really aimed at casual users and not performance junkies who play a lot of games and other tasks that can drain a battery. Underneath the hood of the Nokia 2 is a 32-bit Qualcomm 212 processor. That is a far cry from the company's flagship Snapdragon 835 chip, though it does boast four ARM Cortex A7 cores clocked up to 1.3GHz.
The Nokia 2 has a 5-inch 1280x720 LCD screen protected with Gorilla Glass 3. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage expandable via microSD, a 5-megapixel camera on the front of the device, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. According to Nokia, the interface is "clean and clutter-free."
All of this comes packed into a housing that consists of a precision-machined aluminum frame and sculpted polycarbonate back. The Nokia 2 has somewhat of a premium look to it, with beveled edges and rounded corners. That said, there is no mention of this handset being water resistant, which is fast becoming a common amenity on higher end smartphones.
The real highlight is the massive battery and run time. "Every component of the Nokia 2—from the display to battery, chipset to system design—has been engineered to draw as little power as possible from the huge battery," said Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global.
Oh, and there's the tantalizing price tag. The Nokia 2 only costs 99 euros ($115). It will release in mid-November in three color options—pewter/black, pewter/white, and copper/black.