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Nokia 2.2 Specifications Review

Nokia 2.2

Nokia 2.2 is the latest device from HMD Global available in Kenya.  The company has not been aggressive in 2019 like it was in 2018. So far, we have seen only a handful of phones from the finish company in 2019 – Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 9 PureView and now the Nokia 2.2.  Except for the Nokia 9 PureView, all the others are upgraded versions of 2018 models.  

The 2.2 is a major upgrade of 2018’s Nokia 2.1. It a better phone in almost all aspects. It has better design and more powerful internals.  Here is a quick summary of its specifications:

  • 5.71 inches display (720 x 1520 pixels)
  • MediaTek Helio A22 Chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Android v9.0 Pie OS
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 13MP back camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera

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Nokia 2.2 Design & Display

This is the third Nokia branded smartphone with a waterdrop notch.  It has so much in common with its older brother, the Nokia 3.2, in terms of design.  The display is surrounded by thin bezels. The bezel areas are smaller than those of its predecessor.  This enabled Nokia to fit a larger display in a phone that is roughly the same size as the Nokia 2.1.

The back is polycarbonate with a glossy finish. It is available in two colors: steel and tungsten black.  The rear cover is removable, a feature that is very rear in today’s phones.  Removing the back cover gives you access to the card slots and the battery.  This is one of the very few phones in the market with a removable battery.  The Nokia 2.2 allows you to replace the battery with a new one when it depreciates.  It supports the use of two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card.

Nokia 2.2 design

Like many other Nokia phones, the 2.2 is a beautiful phone. However, the plastic back cover can be scratched easily and is susceptible to fingerprints. The volume and power buttons are on the right side while the Google Assistant button is on the left-hand side. Although it is a thick phone (9.3mm), it’s an easy phone to hold and operate in one hand. It is light, weighing only 153 grams.

At the bottom, you will see a speaker frame and a miroUSB port. The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top frame.

Nokia 2.2 comes with a 5.71 inches display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1520 pixels with 19:9 aspect ratio.  The display gives images with accurate colors and is very pleasing to look at.  Although it’s bright indoors, you might struggle a little in direct sunlight. The display resolution is 720 pixels. You should expect decent sharpness when streaming content online or watching videos on YouTube.

Hardware & Software

Hardware is what sets this phone part from last year’s Nokia 2.1. This phone is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 processor, which is more powerful than Snapdragon 425 which powers last year’s model.  The variant available in Kenya has 2GB of RAM, which is better than 1GB of RAM available in Nokia 2.1. Furthermore, this device has Android v9.0 Pie, which is an upgrade of Android v8.0 Oreo Go Edition installed in its predecessor.

Nokia 2.2 is one of the most affordable Android One devices in the country.  This device runs stock Android v9.0 Pie, giving you access to things like Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Display. Android One also means that you will have a device that is free of bloatware, helping to keep the phone running smoothly.  With this Android One phone, you are guaranteed three years of security patches every month and major software updates.  Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready.

The 2.2 phone does not have a fingerprint scanner but has the face unlock feature. 

Onboard storage space is 16GB. There is a microSD card slot that allows storage expansion up to 400GB.

Camera performance

Nokia 2.2 sports a single 13MP camera at the back and a 5MP front-facing camera.  There is an LED flash at the back that is very helpful in low light photography.  You can get decent quality photos and videos from these cameras.  However, there is no portrait mode or bokeh effect.

It can capture decent photographs and videos outdoors during the day but struggles in low light environments.  Selfies are okay too.

The cameras are average, which is something you should expect just by checking the phone’s price tag.


Nokia 2.2 is fueled by a 3000mAh battery. This is pretty decent for a phone with a 5.71-inch display and low-power processor. It can easily go for a full day on a single charge.  It’s good that this phone has a daylong battery life because there is no fast charging.  It takes almost 3 hours to fully recharge this device. 

As stated earlier, it is one of the few phones that come with removable batteries. This is a pleasant surprise from HMD Global in 2019.


Nokia 2.2 is currently one of the cheapest Nokia phones in Kenya. It also among the cheapest phones in Google’s Android One program.  This means you will enjoy Android 9.0 Pie and regular updates as you wait for Android Q. If you are looking for a low-cost phone with good battery life, pure Android Pie, good looks and that gives you the ability to replace the battery and back cover when they wear out, Nokia 2.2 is a good fit.

Nokia 2.2 Pros & Cons


  • Pure Android Pie operating system
  • Long battery life
  • Helpful Google Assistant button


  • Slow performance

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