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Nokia Nepal recently launched Nokia 7.2 in Nepal and it made a lot of headlines because of its competitive pricing. The phone is a success too. Now Teletalk Nepal has launched Nokia 2.3 – the entry-level champ in the Nepali market. It is the company’s latest budget smartphone featuring a larger display, bigger battery, and a better camera than Nokia 2.2 which was its predecessor. The price of the Nokia 2.3 in Nepal is Rs. 11,999 for the 2/32GB variant.
The Nokia 2 series has been one of the most successful segments of Nokia phones in Nepal. Nokia expects that the 2.3 will be a success and they have offered one year of replacement guarantee on this phone. o, what does Nokia 2.3 has to offer? Let’s find out!
Design-wise, Nokia 2.3 is a solid device. The phone has a 3D nano-textured cover on the back to hold it easily on the hand and also has a diecast metal chassis with a polymer shell to improve rigidity. The new Nokia 2.3 features the company’s signature design principle as well with overall build material having plastic and a metallic frame. Furthermore, it comes with a 2.5D curved design, with which you have a better grip on the phone.
Nokia 2.3 comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ LCD display with a water-drop notch on the top. The company calls this an “in-cell” panel. The resolution of this display is 720 x 1520 pixels and it is HD display. It would have been far better if the display was FHD+ panel. Nokia 2.3 follows the modern display trend with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone lacks a fingerprint sensor and face unlock is the only biometric security on this device. Plus the phone also features a dedicated Google Assistant button for faster access to Google Assitant.
The phone is using the same old Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) which was found on the Nokia 2.2. A22 is based on the quad-core processor(Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) and has a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The handset is available in a single variant of 2GB of RAM. The storage is backed by 32GB of internal storage and supports up to 512 GB of external storage with an SD card.
Nokia 2.3 is based on the “Android One” program and thus runs stock Android. This is one of the best features of the phone have. The device is Android 10 ready and is set to receive assured monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years.
Looking at the overall specs, we can’t expect the phone to perform well as 2GB of RAM isn’t quite noteworthy to handle heavy apps these days. The chipset isn’t that performing as we can’t find better chipsets like Helio P22, P23 or Snapdragon 632 on the phones at this price range.
As far as cameras are concerned, the Nokia 2.3 comes with a dual-camera setup at the back and a single selfie camera at the front. As an entry-level device, dual camera setup at the back is quite a praiseworthy job done by Nokia. The dual-rear camera setup incorporates a 13-megapixel main camera with an f/2.2 aperture, completed by a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
On the front is a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture placed at the notch for the selfies and video calls. This time Nokia has decided to go with a V-shaped waterdrop notch on the Nokia 2.3 as they used to build U shaped notch. With this V-shaped notch, the phone looks even prettier. This time Nokia has added some features likes recommended shot which takes 15 shots at a time as lets you select the best one. They have also added multiple effects for the bokeh shots on the camera.
You are getting a 4000 mAh on the Nokia 2.3 which is quite good for the entry-level phone but the competitor Redmi 8A comes with even more 5000mAh battery. To increase the efficiency of the battery, the phones come with a handsome feature called AI-assisted battery usage. This intelligently tracks the app’s usage and helps to enhance battery life with which we can expect a 2-day battery from this handest. The thing that upsets you is the phone only supports old school 5W charging and this is really painful to fully charge the phone.
Connectivity options on the Nokia 2.3 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB (v2.0), and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
For the 4G LTE network, the phone also supports 4G network in 1800 MHz and 800 MHz, that is provided by NTC.
For your information, Nokia 2.3 was first launched in Egypt at the price of 109 euros which is nearly 14,000 Nepali rupees. But now, Nokia 2.3 is available in Nepal at the price of Rs.11,999. This is quite good for the customers here in Nepal as they did the same with the Nokia 7.2. Nokia 2.3 is now available in three color variants of Cyan Green, and Charcoal and can be purchased from different stores across Nepal.