24 July 2019
UPDATE (July 17th, 2019):
The Nokia 2.2 budget Android One smartphone has now been announced in the United States. This makes it the most affordable smartphone to come with Android Q upgrade promise. It has been made available via Amazon USA and Best Buy for pricing of about $139. It is an unlocked model which means you will be free to use it with the carrier of your choice.
Original (June 6th, 2019)
HMD Global has launched its latest entry-level smartphone named Nokia 2.2 in India. It is a successor to last year's Nokia 2.1 but differs in the way that is an Android One smartphone. The predecessor was announced as an Android Go phone which means it did not have any fancy features. The new phone still has modest specs as it is a budget device but is relatively better than the older one.
The Nokia 2.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ LCD display with a notch in the center. It has relatively bigger bezels than most modern smartphones but still quite slimmer. Under the hood, it has a MediaTek Helio A22 processor coupled with 2GB and 3GB of RAM. The storage variants include 16GB and 32GB but both variants offer microSD card slots.
It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a special feature for low light shots. It basically captures multiple low-light shots and merges them to offer a single shot with relatively better brightness and sharpness. On the front, it has a 5-megapixel sensor that is present within the notch on the top of the front panel. It also has a dedicated Google Assistant button that can be pressed to trigger the digital assistant.
The whole package is powered by a 3000mAh battery and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. HMD Global has promised at least two years of major Android upgrades and three years of regular security updates. It claimed that Nokia 2.2 will be one of the first smartphones in its price range to receive Android Q.
HMD Global has priced the Nokia 2.2 at Rs. 7,699 for 2GB/16GB variant and Rs. 8,699 for 3GB/32GB variant. It is offering a flat Rs. 700 off on both variant for a limited period of time which is until June 30th. In global markets, the phone will cost EUR 99 for the base model.