August 10, 2022
Nokia 2.3 first impression |  Gadgets 360

The Nokia 2.3 has been launched globally at an event in Egypt, and highlights include being a part of the Android One event, a 4,000mAh battery and a dual camera setup at the back. The phone is the successor to the Nokia 2.2 which was launched in June this year, and has seen improvements on the battery, camera and display front. The Nokia 2.3 has been placed in the budget segment and will retail in Europe for 109 euros (approximately Rs 8,600). It should be launched in India for sub-Rs. 10,000 bracket – a heavily populated segment in which it will compete with Redmi Note 8, Realme 5s, Vivo U10, and more. For now, the company has unveiled only one variant internationally, and it is uncertain whether the India model will have the same configuration.

We were able to spend some time with the Nokia 2.3 on the sidelines of the global event, and here are our first impressions.

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To start with, the Nokia 2.3 is bigger than its predecessor and also quite heavy. The Nokia 2.2 weighs 153 grams, while the Nokia 2.3 weighs 183 grams. The increase in weight can be attributed to the 4,000mAh battery that claims to offer two days of battery life. However, we weren’t able to test that given our short time with the phone. Even with the increase in weight, the phone feels lighter in the hand, giving it a premium overall look and feel. It has metal sides and a polymer back panel that the company calls “3D Nano Texture” for better grip. The phone flaunts a large 6.2-inch HD+ display with 720×1520-pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The waterdrop-style is somewhat V-shaped, rather than the rounded one on the Nokia 2.2. There is also a chin at the bottom of the display and the Nokia logo on it.

In our short time with the device, we found the display to be quite bright with decent color reproduction. It was a bit reflective when direct light fell on it, but we couldn’t test it in broad daylight. We would recommend that you wait for our full review to know how well the display works when outdoors and video streaming.

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The phone has been launched in Egypt in three color options – Sand, Charcoal and Cyan Green. The dual camera setup sits at the top center of the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture, along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor for better portraits. The company has added a new feature called Recommended Shot, which will take multiple shots of the same frame in rapid succession and offer you the best one based on AI calculations. The recommended shot will be marked with a dot, and the user will have the ability to keep any photo from bursting.

The camera module on the rear doesn’t stick like many devices, and sits inside a metal ring that can help protect the lens from scratches. On the front, the Nokia 2.3 houses a 5-megapixel selfie sensor housed inside the waterdrop notch, and the company offers AI beauty filters for users to tinker with. The pictures we took in a short time with the device had decent detail and depth. There is less noise in shots taken in low light. However, we’ll reserve our full opinion about the camera when we review the Nokia 2.3 at length.

There’s no fingerprint sensor on the Nokia 2.3, but facial recognition has been integrated to compensate. The Nokia 2.3 is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 processor, the same as the Nokia 2.2, and in our brief experience with the phone, there was no delay or hiccups in browsing through the UI. The phone is a part of the Android One program, and runs on stock Android Pie, which means there’s no bloatware, no customization, and no ads. There’s no Android One branding this time around, though users are promised two years of software upgrades and three years of monthly security updates. The phone’s UI is clean and minimalistic, with the app drawer popping up from the bottom while the notification shade can be dragged from the top down. The phone is marketed to be Android 10-ready, but a rollout timeline has not been announced.

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Nokia 2.3 has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. There is also support for memory expansion (up to 512GB) using a microSD card slot. The volume rocker and power button sit on the right, and there’s a dedicated Google Assistant key on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack is on the top, and there’s a Micro-USB port and speaker at the bottom. It is disappointing to see HMD Global still sticking to the Micro-USB standard, while other phones such as the Redmi Note 8 offer USB Type-C ports in the same price segment. It is a dual-SIM phone with an additional slot for a microSD card.

The Nokia 2.3 doesn’t offer NFC, but does come with Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS. With these internals, the Nokia 2.3 brings a lot to the table along with the stock Android experience. HMD Global also promises two years of software support and three years of monthly security patches.

HMD Global competes with the likes of Xiaomi and Realme, and the company is using camera quality and battery life as the main selling points for the new Nokia 2.3. Overall, this phone looks and feels premium, and has a large display that’s still comfortable to use with one hand. At 109 Euros, it could prove to be a good budget option for users who hate the bloated custom Android UI. Its performance in the Indian market will largely depend on the price tag attached to it. It should be launched here soon, and we’ll have the exact date and launch price for you as soon as HMD Global announces them.

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