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Nokia 2.3 review

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The Nokia 2.3 is an inexpensive, perfectly acceptable smartphone for budget buyers.

  • Solid design
  • Android One for easy updates
  • Ordinary app and battery performance
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • MicroUSB for charging

6.2 inches

Display size

32GB

Internal storage

13MP + 2MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.2 inches

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
157.69mm x 75.41mm x 8.68mm
Weight
183g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

RAM
2
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$199
Launch date2020-01
Nokia 2.3

HMD Global's general market position for its Nokia handsets has, with only a few exceptions, focused squarely on the budget market. The Nokia 2.3 couldn't be much more budget-centric, and it shows off everything the Finnish company does so well in this space. There's not much in the way of a "standout" feature on the Nokia 2.3, but there is a focus on getting the basics right.


Design

Design

  • 6.2-inch HD+ display
  • Teardrop-style notch
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Range of three colour choices
Nokia 2.3

Camera

Camera

  • Simple 13MP camera with depth sensor
  • Portrait mode is rather slow
Nokia 2.3

Performance

Performance

  • MediaTek Helio A22 is rather sluggish
  • Slow 4G LTE potential
  • Android One keeps it updated
Nokia 2.3

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4000mAh battery is a good inclusion at this price
  • MicroUSB charging is showing its age
Nokia 2.3

Verdict

Verdict

  • A bigger, slightly better phone than the Nokia 2.2
Nokia 2.3
Should you buy it?

When you're buying a budget phone, compromise is the name of the game. The Nokia 2.3 doesn't do much to stand out from the pack with mediocre processor performance and slow charging, but it balances that against the presence of a larger battery than many phones in this price space and the promise of Android updates in a field where you're often lucky to see just one security update.

Essentially, it does little exciting, but also little that's markedly wrong for the asking price. It's always worth shopping around, but the Nokia 2.3 should certainly be in your comparison list when doing so.


Pricing and availability

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.2 inches

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
157.69mm x 75.41mm x 8.68mm
Weight
183g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

RAM
2
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A

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