Nokia 2.1 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The Nokia 2.1 has its limitations in processing power and camera quality, but its exceptional battery life and attractive design make it an easy recommendation for customers who only need light use from a mobile.

The good

  • Attractive design
  • Good battery life
  • Optimised Android Go apps

The bad

  • Generally poor app performance
  • Camera is slow

Nokia 2.1 at a glance
When was the Nokia 2.1 released? July 2018
What’s new about the Nokia 2.1? Sleek aluminium design, good battery life, Android Oreo Go
How much does the Nokia 2.1 cost? $149

The Nokia 2.1 combines attractive design with the simplicity of Android Oreo Go, and the end result is spectacular value.

When HMD Global gave new life to Nokia in 2017, and attacked the budget smartphone market with a range of Android-based handsets, by and large they didn't thrill us. However, during 2018 HMD has released a number of new handsets at similar pricepoints to last year's models that are just that bit more refined. The Nokia 6.1 was a great update to the Nokia 6, and the Nokia 3.1 improved on the Nokia 3 in mostly pleasing ways.

With the Nokia 2.1, HMD Global has taken that sharp refinement to the real budget end of its range, and the results are excellent for the price.

Design

  • Removable back
  • 5.5-inch display
  • Aluminium frame gives a premium feel

Camera

  • Camera is a notable weak point

Performance

  • Android Go makes the most from a budget processor
  • A good match for basic smartphone users

Battery life

  • Great battery performance

Verdict

  • A surprisingly stylish phone for very little money
  • Exceptional battery life makes it stand out
  • Not powerful, but good for those who just want basic functions

Pricing and availability

Nokia 2.1

A return to form for the Nokia brand

The Nokia 2.1 makes good on the company's promise of premium style at a budget price for its return to the smartphone market, delivering impressive looks and value at a very agreeable pricepoint.

Promoted
  • You can buy the Nokia 2.1 from online retailers such as Catch, as well as from stores like Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.
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OS Android Go
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 720x1280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 267
Processor Snapdragon 425
Height (mm) 153.6
Width (mm) 77.6
Depth (mm) 9.7
Weight (g) 174
Battery size (mAh) 4,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 8GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 1
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 8
Rear camera (1) aperture
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support No
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Updated November 20th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Nokia 2.1
Nokia 2.1
Snapdragon 425
5.5
720x1280
8GB
MTK 6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 630
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
MT6737M
4.5
854 x 480
8GB
MSM8905
2.45
320 x 240
4GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
2560 x 1440
128GB
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 5.1
MediaTek Helio P18
5.5
1080 x 2160
16GB
N/A
2.4
320 x 240
128MB
Snapdragon 636
5.84
1080 x 2280
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 835
5.3
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 660
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
Nokia 5.1 Plus
Nokia 5.1 Plus
MediaTek Helio P60
5.8
HD+
32GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
5.8
HD+
64GB
Snapdragon 430
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB

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    TrishNovember 18, 2018

    I am looking for a basic smartphone for my son who has recently had lost his iPhone. With the Nokia 2.1 can you download apps and does it have maps?

    Thanks.

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      JeniNovember 18, 2018Staff

      Hi Trish,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Yes, you may download apps on this smartphone. It also has Google map.

      I hope this helps.

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