How would you call a phone that’s neither in the top tier lineup or within the mid-range sequel? Well, the proper terminology should be a “feature phone” – something we both know no one ever longs for. Nokia was once a formidable force or probably still is a force to beat in this genre, but the current market has been overtaken by consumers strive to look for something that can combine practicality, functionality and affordability in the same phrase. While the new Nokia C2 in itself doesn’t surmount enough force to make fellows out there rubberneck, it’s price probably can.
With a meagre price tag of KS 8,199 here in Kenya, HMD Global promises the new Nokia C2 will offer simple yet important functionalities such as staying connected, a battery that’s long-lasting enough to let you forget about power worries at least in the short term and an immersive HD screen that’s just as good to watch videos on. The camera isn’t that bad, coupled by android Go edition that’s easy to receive security updates minus the dreaded unnecessary carrier/manufacturer bloatware, everything was designed to be practical in so many ways. And hooray! This phone comes with 4G connectivity.
HMD Global so far is doing a tremendous job, the company brought back a once household name to the market though not as popular, but a force to reckon. Nokia C2 is currently available in Kenya from Ks8,199. By all means this isn’t a device for power users or those looking to have professional level photography on a smartphone but a device for those without a handful budget but want to connect, take admirable snaps and watch one or two videos with less concern on frames or resolution.
Long lasting battery and 4G capability
Since the specs are not that power hungry as we’ve in the top of line devices such as galaxies and iPhones, the removable 2800mAh lithium-ion battery should be enough to drive this device through days with minimal usage. And at that price point, it’s a bonus to have 4G capability built in that will ice photography and entertainment features on the Nokia C2.
Decent large 5.7inch screen for media consumption
On the front panel, the Nokia C2 houses an exceptionally large 5.7” HD+ screen, a front-facing camera with flash and HDR photography to brighten up your selfies. And since the battery is large enough for day to day activities, you’d be amazed to go from dusk to dawn without hooking on a charger. You can watch YouTube videos offline via YouTube Go. Introducing YouTube Go as well, an official app from YouTube that lets you download videos to your Android. With enough Go apps such as Gallery Go to keep your memories automatically organized, easy to find, edit and share, as well as the lightning fast, Google app designed for unpredictable internet connections.
Speaking on the official launch event, Gopher Ogembo, Senior Business Manager East Africa, HMD Global was quick to highlight the main objectives of the device, which is to bring great smartphone experiences to as many customers as possible across different price points.
He also acknowledged the desire by many consumers to have a reliable phone and with addition of 4G technology was a sure way for them to upgrade. Nokia C2 runs on an optimized Android™ 9 Pie (Go edition).
Nokia C2 Pricing and availability in Kenya
The Nokia C2 is now available in two colours, Black and Cyan, comes with a free phone cover and is available in both Safaricom stores and open retail channels countrywide.