Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A2 Core 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 Samsung Galaxy A2 Core!

Nokia 2.2 (2GB RAM, 16GB)  Samsung Galaxy A2 Core 
Nokia 2.2 Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
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Excellence Score
15.1
16.3
Value for Money Score
51.0
64.9
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 5,290 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid Go Edition
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.71 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 540x960 pixels (~ 220 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD TFT LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.6 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio A22Ranked #97 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7870Ranked #90 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE-class Mali-T830 MP2
RAM 2 GB 1 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 13MP 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size N/A
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.3 mmThick 9.1 mmThick
Weight 153 gmMedium 142 gmLight
Width 70.6 mmComfortable for one-handed use 71.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 2600 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 Google Assistant Button N/A
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
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2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
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Expert Reviews
  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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