Our Opinion

The Nokia 2.3 is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 4.2, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 2.3!

Nokia 2.3  Nokia 4.2 
Nokia 2.3 Nokia 4.2
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Excellence Score
21.1
20.1
Value for Money Score
69.5
58.3
Price ₹ 7,206 onwards ₹ 10,099 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 May, 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 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 5.71 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Always-on display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio A22Ranked #92 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #76 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 505
RAM 2 GB 3 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 + 2MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
Secondary Camera 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.4 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 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 8.68 mmMedium 8.39 mmMedium
Weight 183 gmMedium 161 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 71.3 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 600 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 18.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time: upto 100 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Dedicated Google Assistant Button; One year replacement warranty Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks trendy with thin-bezel, tear-drop notch design
  • Solid build with a roughened plastic shell
  • The smartphone feels quite handy
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Reliable Face Unlock
  • Bright, large 6.2-inch IPS panel
  • The best part about Nokia's phones remains the clean, stock Android One experience with the promise of regular software updates for up to two years
  • Decent smooth system performance, given that it's backed by the entry level MediaTek Helio A22
  • Decent dual rear cameras - 13MP primary + 2MP depth sensor
  • Primary camera does a decent job in good lighting conditions - photos are illuminated homogeneously
  • The front camera delivers decent pictures in daylight (though the portrait mode does tend to overdo it a bit)
  • The Nokia 2.3 achieves really good runtime with its 4000 mAh battery, you'll easily get two days of battery with it
  • Overall, if you're looking for a smartphone with long battery life and Android One for little money, the Nokia 2.3 does the job
  • Classy looks with a glass-on-front-and-back design, and a neat curved form factor - the Nokia 4.2 excels on the build and design front, and is easily on the best designed phones of this price segment
  • Compact, and very friendly for one-handed smartphone use
  • The power key houses a “breathing” notification light, which pulsates in white every time there’s a new notification
  • There is also a dedicated Google Assistant key, to fire up the assistant
  • Decent, modern, tiny-notch 5.71-inch display - with fairly rich colors
  • The best part about Nokia's phones remains the clean, stock Android One experience with the promise of regular software updates for up to two years
  • Android 9 Pie’s gesture navigation feature is enabled by default, and you get all other Pie goodies too, like Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing
  • Decent battery life with a 3000mAh battery, supported by Android Pie's Adaptive Battery feature - you will comfortably get a day even with moderate use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • There's a minor flickering at low brightness
  • However, this is clearly not a gaming phone - there is lag while loading simple games and more demanding titles are hard to think of
  • Most of the competition in this price range will now give much better SoCs
  • The loudspeaker sounds a bit thin and tinny in everyday use
  • However, there are better options available from Xiaomi & Realme at this price which offer better performance and even better battery life
  • The glass back is of course susceptible to fingerprints and smudges
  • While the fingerprint scanner at the back works well, it’s hard to find in a hurry with just your finger as there’s no dimple
  • Powered by a Snapdragon 439, performance (especially GPU) is not the Nokia 4.2's strong suit - so while the phone is fit for everyday tasks like light browsing, video playback, calling, messaging, and light gaming - if you are more of a power user, you will want to look elsewhere
  • Camera performance too is average, both from the dual rear cameras and single front camera
  • Photos taken are moderately bright and colourful but contain an unexpected tinge of light yellow
  • Photos taken indoors appear noisy and even a bit blurry no matter how steadily the phone is held
  • The default camera app, while easy to use, is on the slow side - the digital viewfinder freezes for nearly a second when a shot is taken or a mode is changed - the lag worsens while shooting in low light - rendering Live Bokeh shots and previewing regular shots taken through Auto mode also take over a second or two to happen
  • Average single bottom firing speaker - while it's loud - music sounds shrill on the ears when played at full volume
  • One the whole, while the Nokia 4.2 is a pretty decent budget Android One phone, it loses out on the performance front, and in the camera department, so if you are looking for a better 'all-rounder' budget phone, you will find better choices around
Expert Reviews
  1. If you are looking for a cheap smartphone with Android One, you will hardly be able to get past the Nokia 2.3
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  2. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Nokia’s latest budget phone is a case of style over substance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Quite underwhelming
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Notwithstanding its imperfections, the Nokia 4.2 carves out a space for itself in the budget smartphone market
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. In isolation, the Nokia 4.2 is good but it falls behind when compared with other devices in the same segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Nokia 4.2 has a lot of merits, but it's marred by the processor
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. With the competition in the budget segment, Nokia 4.2 might find it hard to stand out
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Nokia 4.2 may be a good looking phone but lags behind in core departments such as camera and performance
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Good, but not good enough
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. A budget phone, but no bargain
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Android One makes this one of the more reliable buys you can make at this price point
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Decent entry level smartphone...but faces stiff competition from rivals
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Difficult to recommend...finds itself among a very competitive bunch of phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. While still providing decent value for money, we would only recommend this phone to people who are really keen on a ‘stock’ Android experience
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. A lightweight, good-looking device stuck in a time warp
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. All-in-all, we loved the Nokia 4.2
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  20. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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