HMD Global has kept its focus mainly on the budget range in India, as it had recently launched a new budget phone Nokia 2.4 which runs on Stock Android. The budget range is flooded with so many options for the customers and Nokia 2.4 is surely going to face tough competition from Redmi, realme who dominates the budget range section. Let’s find out whether the new Nokia 2.4 holds the power or not to emerge as a top competitor in the budget range section in this review of ours.
Nokia 2.4 holds the basic looks and the body is carved out of the polycarbonate body. The phone offers a good grip due to its compact size and curvy edges. The polycarbonate body of the phone makes the phone light and allows to use it for a longer period. The front side of the phone has a tall screen of a 20:9 ratio and has a dewdrop notch. The bezels on the sides are very less and whereas at the bottom the bezels are very prominent. The back panel holds the dual selfie camera sensors and a dual-LED flash. The rear side also houses the fingerprint sensor which has a quick response rate. The power button and the volume rockers are on the right side of the phone whereas on the left side lies the dual SIM tray and a dedicated slot for a microSD card. On the top is a headphone jack and on the bottom is the single loudspeaker and a micro USB port. The absence of a Type-C port is something that might put Nokia 2.4 on the backfoot.
Nokia 2.4 comes with 6.5 inches IPS LCD screen with a screen ratio of 20:9. The screen offers quite a wide space to watch videos and play games. The phone has a screen resolution of 720×1600 pixels. The space offered by the phone is quite impressive and you can easily enjoy movies and games quite comfortably. The brightness level when adjusted to maximum makes the display visible under bright daylight.
Nokia 2.4 provides a dual rear camera system consisting of a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera. As opposed to what Xiaomi and Realme are selling on their budget smartphones, this seems very mediocre. Although the camera does a decent job in clicking pictures as the images which we captured maintained a decent amount of details, the sharpness level is good too. The color accuracy is good as well but can’t say it is very promising either. The images captured at night maintain average details and there were some noise and graining effect visible. The rear camera sensor of the Nokia 2.4 lacks the power to match the likes of Redmi and realme budget phones. The selfie camera is of 5MP which is capable of well-detailed selfies and it maintains the natural portrayal of your face without over softening it. The portrait mode though is not very promising and does an average job. At night the selfies captured are of average quality and when compared to the daylight selfies the quality does degrade. Nokia 2.4 can record videos in [email protected] from its rear sensor.
Nokia 2.4 comes with Android 10 out-of-the-box but is Android 11 ready and the company promises two years of Android and monthly security updates.
The Nokia 2.4 uses a nearly two-year-old MediaTek Helio P22 chipset and comes with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded. The use of a two-year-old chipset is a letdown from the company because in the current competitive market old features are something that won’t attract any users. The processor does a very average job and sometimes while heavy multi-tasking you might encounter some lags. The gaming experience is also very average and you can’t play heavy games. The GPU PowerVR GE8320 is good for normal game playing like 3D games and others.
The Nokia 2.4 comes with a 4,500mAh battery that the company says is designed for medium use for two days. aI used the phone continuously watching videos from YouTube, playing games, etc, and managed to get through a day quite easily. For charging, the phone has a micro USB port which we think is another outdated specification of the phone and the company could have used a Type-C port. The charging speed is average and the phone sometimes shows signs of overheating while charging.
Nokia 2.4 bets on a tall form factor, good back design with compact grip, and the very useful stock Android experience. The cameras do the basics correctly while the processor is for routine tasks. The ample battery size makes it a suitable option though the lack of Type-C annoys. The new age challenges of remote working and learning create opportunities for Nokia 2.4 in India. The new Nokia 2.4 sells at Rs 10,399 in 3GB/64GB format which makes it a decent choice in the budget segment.