The $139 Nokia 2.2 brings back the removable battery


How cheap do you like your smartphones? HMD is bringing the latest version of the Nokia 2, called the “Nokia 2.2,” to the US. It’s $139 and currently for sale at Best Buy and Amazon. You might expect a pretty stripped-down device for $139, but as usual, HMD is delivering a good package for the price, with a fairly modern design, the latest version of Android, and a killer update package with two years of major OS updates and three years of security updates.

On the front, you have a 5.71-inch, 1520×720 IPS LCD with a flagship-emulating notch design and rounded corners. There’s a sizable bezel on the bottom with a big “Nokia” logo on it, but it’s hard to complain about that for $140.

This is a cheap phone, so don’t expect a ton in the specs department. Powering the Nokia 2.2 is a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, which is just four Cortex A53 cores at 2GHz. The US version gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage version with an option to add a MicroSD card. The back and sides are plastic, and on the side you’ll find an extra physical button, which will summon the Google Assistant. The back actually comes off, and—get this—you can remove the 3000mAh battery! Speaking of unnecessarily removed smartphone features from the past, there’s also a headphone jack.

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