HMD Global’s Nokia 2.2 Android smartphone is now shipping in the United States, the company has announced. The launch gives consumers another attractive budget phone option at a very modest price, one that features an AI-powered camera for low-light environments, face unlock, and access to Google Assistant. Though the handset ships with Android 9 Pie, HMD says the model is Android Q ready with the promise of operating system updates for two years and monthly security updates for three years.
The Nokia 2.2 has a sleek, modern design with a display that nearly covers the entire front of the device and a ‘hole punch’ camera positioned at the top. This is the first model in the Nokia 2 series lineup to be part of the Android One program.
This model features a 5.71-inch HD+ edge-to-edge display with 400 nits brightness alongside a MediaTek A22 quad-core chipset, the promise of all-day battery life, and support for Nokia Xpress-on covers. As well, HMD includes a dedicated Google Assistant button on the phone to immediately access the assistant.
The Nokia 2.2’s most notable feature is its AI-powered rear camera, which HMD claims is able to capture ‘detailed photos’ in low-light settings, which are typically beyond the capabilities of smartphones. The software makes this possible by capturing multiple images nearly instantly, then using algorithms to create a single low-grain, higher detailed image.
In addition to the camera, HMD is emphasizing the phone’s face unlock feature, which the company says is an ‘AI-driven’ feature that utilizes ‘liveliness detection’ and deep-learning algorithms to avoid simply trickery. The features are notable given the Nokia 2.2’s low $139 USD price tag; the handset is available in the US starting today from Amazon and Best Buy.