Nokia 2.3 Android One Mobile Phone Launched to Take on Redmi 8A and Realme C2 Smartphones

The Nokia 2.3 features identical specifications as the Nokia 2.2, but there are some notable upgrades like the battery capacity

Highlights
  • The Nokia 2.3 takes on the Realme C2 and Redmi 8A smartphones when it reaches India
  • The handset has a 4000mAh battery underneath
  • HMD Global recently slashed prices of Nokia 2.2 in India

HMD Global has unveiled yet another entry-level Nokia smartphone, namely, the Nokia 2.3. Coming barely months after the launch of the Nokia 2.2, the Nokia 2.3 does not bring any major upgrades to the table. The Nokia 2.3 features sub-par hardware like Helio A22 SoC, 2GB of RAM, dual rear cameras, but the highlight of the phone is the 4000mAh battery which backs the entire package. The Nokia 2.2 featured a 3000mAh battery, but the company is back to basic with the Nokia 2.3 by adding a massive battery that is capable of delivering two-day battery life to the customers. Everyone expected HMD Global to launch the upper mid-range Nokia 8.2 smartphone yesterday at its major event in Cairo, but to everyone’s surprise, the company introduced an entry-level phone.

Nokia 2.3: Specifications and Features

As mentioned above, the Nokia 2.3 features identical specifications as the Nokia 2.2, but there are some notable upgrades like the battery capacity. The Nokia 2.3 rocks a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass. Under the hood, it has the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot as well for storage expansion.

The Nokia 2.3 is a dual-SIM smartphone and it runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. HMD Global says the smartphone is Android 10 ready and it will also receive Android 11 update in the future.

As for the camera setup, the Nokia 2.3 has a primary 13MP shooter on the back which is paired with a 2MP secondary depth sensor. This is an upgrade from the Nokia 2.2 which featured just a single 13MP shooter. Frontal, the Nokia 2.3 packs a 5MP front-facing camera. The handset weighs 183 grams and measures 8.68mm thick. Connectivity options on the Nokia 2.3 include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0 and micro USB port. Other features of the smartphone include 3.5mm headphone jack and FM Radio.

Lastly, the Nokia 2.3 comes backed with a 4000mAh battery along with HMD’s two-day battery life promise. Nokia smartphones delivered pretty good battery life in the past even with 3500mAh capacity, so the Nokia 2.3 will also fall into the same league.

Nokia 2.3: Pricing and Colour Options

Moving onto the pricing, the Nokia 2.2 comes in a single variant with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and it’s priced at 109 Euros (approx. Rs 8,600). The pricing in on the higher side, but expect HMD Global to price it at Rs 6,999 in the Indian market. In other news, HMD Global recently revised the pricing of the Nokia 2.2 in India. The Nokia 2.2 is currently retailing for Rs 5,999 in the country, clearing indicating the launch of the Nokia 2.3 in India. The newly launched phone comes in three colour options- Cyan Green, Sand and Charcoal.

Nokia 2.3 Competitors When it Reaches India

The Nokia 2.3 will face tough competition from several phones in the Indian market. Firstly, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A which is a way better smartphone than the Nokia 2.3 in almost every aspect like display protection, processor, more RAM & storage, better camera setup on paper, fast charging support and a bigger battery. The Realme C2 also falls on similar lines as it sports better processor and design compared to the Nokia 2.3.

The Infinix Hot 8 is also a decent smartphone at Rs 6,999 as it offers 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5000mAh battery and MediaTek Helio P22 SoC.

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Faraz

Not gonna lie, loved the outer design of this phone.

Priyansh

Is 5″ screen size out of fashion? What’s wrong with the OEMs? I can’t fit 6+” screen in my pocket nor I want to hold it in my hands every moment.

Anyone knows reliable 5″ phones?

Faraz

Yeah people need 5-5.5″ inch phone with slim body design, Snapdragon processor and decent camera phone in lower budget also. Snapdragon 429 was equally good alternative quad core processor.

Priyansh

I completely agree with what you said but why don’t OEMs pay any attention to this and who will make them understand the basic requirements for the existing users and to the ones who want to switch to a smartphone from a feature phone. I can’t even imagine how a feature phone user will be able to handle a phone which is more than 6+”. Sometimes I feel, people support the wrong trend. It is highly incorrect as many people like us suffer because of those peeps. I can’t even expect from the Market Leaders to do this, every company… Read more »

dragonmonk

@priyansh Yep. They are going a little too far with the big screen craze. If one wants a big screen, one can get a tablet/iPad or use a computer. I’m sure there is a significant market demand for regular sized (<5") phones which is not being met.

Priyansh

Monki, I’m a little hesitant to agree with what you said. If there is demand why aren’t those demands getting fulfilled? 6+ screen size is a Phablet. Ergonomically very uncomfortable for single hand usage. I hope device manufacturers listen to what customers want. If not in the high end (premium or mid-range segment), we can definitely have it in budget segment. This craze isn’t good and this technically replaces the Computers which is illogical, working on a real keyboard if compared to virtual keyboard is million times better.

dragonmonk

@priyansh Well, iPhone SE was a huge hit and sold pretty well. I’m sure if someone does something similar on the Android side (not low spec devices, but mid level or high end devices) at lower screen sizes, they are going to laugh their way to the banks…. at least for a few months. Android is not exactly known for low power usage, therefore to get any decent battery life one has to cram in a bigger battery. If you don’t want to make the device thick to accommodate the bigger battery, the only other option is to increase the… Read more »

Priyansh

Monki, in that case, OEMs with Android would never revert to a lower size because battery backup is a bigger concern than the screen size. I’m not happy with this but will have to stick to it as what you said is definitely the prime concern. Coming on to SE, iPhone sells on the basis of brand value and I think minimal people take their offerings into consideration. Since the product was assembled in India which reduced it’s price, I think that was the sole reason for it selling well. Otherwise folks will never opt downgraded version of devices when… Read more »

Aditya

iPhone 8 is the only small phone available with reliability.
I always wanted a small phone and now no one makes a good handy phone.

Priyansh

I second that Aditya. I can’t handle such big phones and as a reason I’m not upgrading my device or have any plans in near future. My Nokia 5 is 5.2″ which I feel is too big for single handed usage. God knows only if they’ll come with something in this range again.

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