Nokia launches two new budget Android One phones under $200

HMD is bringing a 5G smartphone and wireless earbuds to the US		
		
	Brian Heater

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HMD Global, certainly took a hit this year due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While HMD Global is still not ready to throw its hat in the high-end smartphone ring again after last year's colossal Nokia 9 PureView flop, we do have two all-new Android handsets and a couple of audio accessories to talk about today alongside the upper mid-range 8.3 5G that was originally unveiled all the way back in March. Nokia 2.4 has a starting price of 119 euros ( ₹10,300 approx), and it has the same colour options as the Nokia 3.4. Best Buy will also have it in stock a few weeks from now. And with a whopping 4,500 mAh battery, I'd expect the Nokia 2.4 to have some seriously good battery life too.

It seems that the phone will finally be available in Europe as well. According to a retailer in Belgium, the device will be available tomorrow for €580. In Switzerland, it will debut on September 28 at CHF 650.

HMD Global is back with new launches after a long time. Anyway, next up is a pair of entry-level Android phones. The handset is equipped with 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage and supports microSD cards up to 512GB.

The Nokia 2.4 features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch at the top. That selfie cam has an 8 MP sensor inside. It also brings a 3.5mm headphone jack to the table along with FM radio support.

The new models will be widely available and come in a range of attractive colours created to reflect Nokia's Scandinavian heritage.

The Nokia 2.4 comes in a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant and a 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. "It packs a 6.5" LCD with 720+ resolution (20:9). Another tradeoff is the switch to MicroUSB charging. The Snapdragon 460 is coupled with 3 or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via the built-in MicroSD card slot.

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Like its sibling, the phone comes with Android 10 out of the box and will be updated to version 11.

Both phones will launch on Android 10, but Nokia offers a two version promise on its devices, so it will get Android 11 and Android 12, along with 3 years of security updates.

Again there's a 13-megapixel rear camera and depth sensor, but there's also a 5-megapixel ultra-wide camera on this model.

HMD didn't provide details on USA carrier support, though we believe the Nokia 2.4 will have similar band coverage to the 3.4 model. Another upgrade is the NFC support. Besides unlocking via fingerprint, the 3.4 supports "biometric face unlock" and also has a Google Assistant button.

The Nokia Power Earbuds Lite will be available globally from October and will retail in the European market at 59.9 euros. You will be able to pick one up before the end of the month for €120 for the standard 2/32 GB configuration.

The Nokia 2.4 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor. These aren't new, in fact we've already reviewed them, but they are still impressive with the massive 3,000 mAh power cell inside the charging case. The manufacturer says the earbuds will last 5 hours on a single charge and the case will provide up to 6 additional charges for the earbuds before it is empty. The Nokia Power Earbuds Lite has an IPX7 rating and is waterproof up to 30 minutes in 1m of water. Still, these aren't swimproof.

The Nokia Power Earbuds are an Amazon exclusive and will be available in the fall for $99.


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