Our Opinion

The Nokia 2.1 is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 2.2 (2GB RAM, 16GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 2.1!

Nokia 2.1  Nokia 2.2 (2GB RAM, 16GB) 
Nokia 2.1 Nokia 2.2
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Excellence Score
16.0
14.4
Value for Money Score
56.4
46.6
Price ₹ 6,500 onwards ₹ 7,983 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Jun, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.71 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, Anti-fingerprint coating 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #121 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio A22Ranked #105 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 308 PowerVR GE-class
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 8.0MP 13MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features N/A F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 8 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 128 GB Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.7 mmThick 9.3 mmThick
Weight 174 gmMedium 153 gmMedium
Width 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 70.6 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features Stereo Speakers Google Assistant Button
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice, clean, attractive polycarbonate based design - both looks and feels great - and a lot batter than what you might expect for its bottom-of-the-barrel pricing
  • There is a copper strip running around the periphery of the smartphone that combos well with the rest of the phone
  • Unlike glass-backed phones, the phone also retains its looks without becoming a mess of fingerprint smudges after a day of use
  • Good build quality too - will survive a few drops without trouble - the durability of the Nokia phones of yesteryear is on full display here
  • The phone's screen is a 5.5" IPS display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1280 x 720 - it's not exceptional - but it's functional and gets the job done
  • Software is where the Nokia 2.1 truly shines, and has a leg over its competition in this price bracket - it features a clean, stock version of Android Oreo (Go edition) and will be updated to Android Pie as well
  • Android Go edition also means that you have lighter version of apps like Google Maps, which helps on such a low specced phone
  • The camera is fairly quick at taking shots, which is worth appreciating in this price segment - the camera app is also relatively well-done, with the HDR, Panorama, flash, manual mode, and delayed shot options easily accessible (those are also all the options you'll get with the camera - no-frills is the theme of the day)
  • The two full-size stereo speaker grilles on the front are great to see - and it's something that even a lot of flagship phones can't claim - the speakers get relatively loud as a result (though of course the sound quality is just about ok, which is all you can expect at this price range)
  • Excellent battery life - the low specs of the phone, simple software, and the large battery pack (4000mAh) result in some pretty great battery life - you should comfortably get 2 days of use
  • Looks smart with a nice, refined polycarbonate shell, and also feels quite nice in your hands
  • Nokia also offers swappable Xpress-on covers (at an extra cost) to add some colour to the phone
  • Has a handy, dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Android One guarantees latest software updates, and a pure-play Android experience
  • Decent 13MP rear cam, and 5MP selfie cam in good lighting conditions - you will get reasonably good results (for the price bracket) in daylight conditions
  • Good battery life with a 3000 mAh battery, that will comfortably last you the day
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Average performance - performance is not a strong suit of the Nokia 2.1 being backed by a low power Snapdragon 425 and a measly 1GB of RAM - there are frequent lags during daily use, multi-tasking is a pain, and the phone will not meet the needs of anyone except very basic users (messaging, calling, light browsing, simple games)
  • When it comes to actual quality though, the camera is strictly average - this is a cheap phone and the camera was simply not a priority in its design - colours are dull and bland, details are low, dynamic range is abysmal, low-light performance is ordinary
  • Probably the most critical flaw of the device is the 8GB of internal storage - it's simply not enough for 2018, and you will very quickly need to resort to using the expandable memory slot even with bare minimum apps - which will result in a further degradation of performance (accessing stuff on a microSD card is almost never as quick as accessing it on internal memory)
  • Overall, while the Nokia 2.1 might make sense if you are a very basic user and are really after stock Android, but for most, phones like the Redmi 6A will be a much better value proposition with better performance and better storage
  • While it looks smart, it lacks the oomph and the style of the Realme C2, one of its primary competitors
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Slow face unlock
  • Average performance from a low-end Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 processor - there is a significant lag while loading apps or even firing up the camera - competing devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 7 have a clear edge on this front
  • Lowlight results are average though, from both cameras
  • While the overall camera performance is ok for the price, it is again left behind by the (significantly better) dual camera setups on the Realme C2 and the Redmi 7
  • If you are not concerned with speed and are seeking an unadulterated Android experience on a tight budget, then the Nokia 2.2 might work for you, but for most users, they will be better off looking at the Redmi 7A or Realme C2 instead
Expert Reviews
  1. As keen as we are on affordable phones, the Nokia 2.1's performance tests your patience too much
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. An easy recommendation for light phone users
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  3. A tale of misplaced priorities
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  4. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Nokia 2.2 does stand out since it is among the few that are guaranteed to get software and security updates....However, the processor is weak and camera performance is also below average
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Okay for a budget phone...but look at alternatives like Realme C2, and Redmi 7A
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. As a backup or just a cheap starter phone, the Nokia 2.2 is a decent little option that does the basics reasonably well
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’re not driven by speed and are seeking an unadulterated Android experience on a tight budget, then the Nokia 2.2 might work for you
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of the most affordable Android One phones in the market....but beyond the Android experience, the Nokia 2.2 is an average device
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  7. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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