Flooded with Chinese smartphone brands with heavily custom skin on top of Android, its hard to find a phone with vanilla flavor of Android in the Philippines. So far only Motorola, OnePlus and Nokia offer a pure Android experience in their phones. But only Nokia offer vanilla Android phones for their entry level offerings. Take for example the Nokia 2.4 which is priced at Php 6,990. We have a unit here and let’s unbox it.
Nokia 2.4 specs
- Octa Core Mediatek Helio P22 processor
- PowerVR GE8320 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD
- 6.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1600 pixels)
- Rear Camera
- 13MP main
- 2MP depth
- 5MP f/2.4 front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted)
- Sensors – accelerometer, proximity
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,500 mAh battery
- Android 10 upgradable to Android 11
- Price: Php 6,990
What’s inside the box?
- Nokia 2.4 unit
- USB cable
- Wall adapter
- TPU case
The moment we first picked up the Nokia 2.4, we were initially impressed with its build quality. Even if this is just an entry level phone, it doesn’t feel cheap. Yes, it is made of plastic but we find it more durable than glass and metal. We also love the finish of the back of the phone. It does add some grip when holding it. Nokia did include a TPU case for added protection but we think you don’t need it because of its reassuring grip and rough finish.
Let’s take a hardware tour. At the top we have a noise cancelling microphone and a 3.5 audio jack. On the left are volume rockers and power button. On the other side there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button and SIM card tray. At the bottom is microUSB port, speaker grill and microphone.
The 6.5-inch display is a 720p IPS LCD panel which we will test its outdoor visibility on our full review. Lastly at the back there is a physical fingerprint scanner.
The Nokia 2.4 has a simple and very straightforward vanilla Android experience. No bloatware, no custom skin, no learning curve. This an Android purist’s dream phone on a budget. On the box, Nokia clearly states it will receive two years of major Android updates. The phone is actually lined up for Android 11 update.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Mediatek Helio P22 chipset. It is a low power processor which is good for battery life. It is, however, has certain limitations. We will do some testing especially for multitasking and gaming for our full review.
We were definitely imoressed with the Nokia 2.4 especially its build quality and simple looks. There are a lot to test like the battery, camera and performance for its full review. But the software experience alone is a big selling point for us because less bloat and no skin means better performace. If you can’t wait for our full review and you want to get a hold of this phone already, we give our two thumbs up recommendation.
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