HMD Global brings back the removable battery with Nokia 2.2 at Ksh 10,500

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Nokia 2.2 is now available for Kenyan consumers, and it actually looks pretty good for a Ksh10,500 phone, offering premium features like a teardrop notch display, face unlock camera, and a dedicated Google Assistant button at a very wallet-friendly price point.

Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone and the biggest catch is probably the specs, specifically the processor: it’s powered by a MediaTek A22 chip, which isn’t exactly the fastest option around, but you get what you pay for here. Rounding things out is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage — not the best, but hopefully enough.

Commenting during the launch of the phone, Gopher Ogembo, HMD Senior Business Manager East Africa said, “We believe that the latest and greatest innovations in the industry should be available for everyone. With the Nokia 2.2, we’ve brought the pinnacle of AI experiences to more people than ever before. And including features like biometric face unlock with liveliness detection adding extra security to your phone, AI imaging, Google Lens and Google Assistant at the press of a button, we aim to revolutionise the way our fans interact with the phone. Nokia 2.2 joins our Android One family, and like all Nokia smartphones, offers an experience that stays fresh longer. With two years of OS updates and three years of monthly security updates guaranteed, Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready and will just keep getting better.”

There’s still a decent-sized chin on the 2.2, so don’t expect a perfectly seamless front of the device, but for $140, it does look pretty impressive. That display is a 5.71-inch HD+ display, and embedded in it is the front-facing camera, which also supports a face-unlocking feature.

The Nokia 2.2 runs Android 9 Pie, and is part of Google’s Android One program, which guarantees two years of OS upgrades.