We’ve got a wide selection of entry-level smartphones within the Indian market proper now, all priced at round Rs. 10,000, and the just lately introduced Nokia 2.4 could possibly be one other contender. Launched in India in November 2019 for Rs. 10,399, the Nokia 2.4 presents customers an enormous battery and show, and the promise of assured Android software program upgrades for 2 years. Nevertheless, does it have sufficient advantage to make it to our checklist of really helpful telephones on this section? Let’s discover out.
Nokia 2.4 design
HMD World seldom disappoints on the subject of the design of its telephones, and regardless of the Nokia 2.4 being an entry-level mannequin, it seems to be fairly premium. It’s comparatively slim at 8.69mm and never too heavy at 189g. What makes it stand out although is the textured sample and gradient color scheme used on the again. I’ve the Fjord (blue) color, and this telephone can also be obtainable in Nightfall (mild purple), and Charcoal. Because of the matte end on the again fingerprints aren’t actually a difficulty, and it’s simple to grip the telephone even with greasy palms.
The Nokia 2.4 has a devoted Google Assistant button, which could be disabled should you don’t use it, however can’t be reprogrammed to launch some other app or activity. The quantity and energy buttons sit on the precise aspect of the telephone and have good suggestions. The Nokia 2.4 has a triple-slot tray for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. There’s a headphone jack on the highest and a Micro-USB port on the underside, subsequent to a single loudspeaker.
The Nokia 2.4 has a big 6.5-inch HD+ show with respectable color saturation. Nevertheless, the entrance glass may be very reflective, and for the reason that display doesn’t get very vibrant, it may be tough to see your content material clearly in daylight. There’s a large chin on the backside and a notch on the high, plus thick bezels round the entire show. That’s to be anticipated from a telephone at this worth.
The capacitive fingerprint sensor on the again works effectively, however I discovered face recognition to be a bit sluggish, and it doesn’t work too effectively beneath very dim lighting both. The Nokia 2.4 is IPX2 rated for cover towards mild splashes of water.
Nokia 2.4 specs and software program
HMD World has used the marginally dated MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core SoC for the Nokia 2.4. Most smartphones at this worth or decrease are likely to favour the newer Helio G35 SoC, however when evaluating their specs, there’s not so much that’s completely different. In benchmarks akin to Geekbench and PCMark, the Nokia 2.4 is barely behind current Helio G35-powered telephones such because the Micromax In 1B (Evaluate). Nevertheless, each carried out equally in different checks.
The Nokia 2.4 is simply obtainable in a single configuration, with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Different specs embody Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 5, FM radio, help for a number of satellite tv for pc navigation techniques, and some primary sensors. The Nokia 2.4 contains a 4,500mAh battery which is alleged to last as long as two days on one cost.
Android 10 seems to be lean due to the near-stock rendition of it. Aside from the fundamental Google apps and Netflix, there’s solely a self-care app from HMD World known as My Cellphone. The Nokia 2.4 is a part of Google’s Android One programme, which ensures it three years of month-to-month safety updates and two years of Android software program upgrades. The Settings app additionally consists of toggles for a bunch of primary gestures to allow you to rapidly do issues like mute incoming calls.
Nokia 2.4 efficiency and battery life
The Helio P22 was a good chip for its time, nevertheless it’s starting to indicate its age now. Even with practically bone-stock Android and 3GB of RAM, the OS feels a bit laggy just about on a regular basis. Animations stutter mildly once you open a brand new window or just swipe throughout homescreens. We’re used to seeing this with funds telephones, however I wasn’t anticipating on a telephone with out a customized Android pores and skin. Nevertheless, the lag is one thing you would possibly get used to after some time because it doesn’t impede usability an excessive amount of.
The Nokia 2.4 can deal with mundane duties effectively sufficient. Apps do take a bit longer than traditional to load, however after that I didn’t face a lot hassle. Heavier apps and even video games however generally is a bit a lot for the Nokia 2.4 to deal with. As an illustration, easy titles akin to Amongst Us aren’t an issue, however the telephone struggled to supply playable framerates in CarX Drift Racing 2, even on the lowest graphics settings.
Whereas the show produces respectable colors when watching movies or any kind of content material, the viewing angles are very weak. It’s virtually not possible to see something when the telephone is inclined, for instance if it’s mendacity on a desk, even at full brightness. Audio from the speaker is tinny, with simply vocals in music or dialogue in video being audible sufficient, whereas mids and decrease notes are closely suppressed.
The Nokia 2.4 does provide good battery life. I simply managed to make use of it for a day and half on one cost, which is fairly good. Nevertheless, once you do have to cost this telephone, it is going to take a really very long time because it solely fees at 5W. In my expertise, the battery charged to simply 32 p.c in an hour utilizing the bundled adapter.
Nokia 2.4 cameras
The cameras on the Nokia 2.4 are relatively easy. There’s a main 13-megapixel sensor on the again with an f/2.2 aperture, and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie digicam has a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The digicam app presents the usual set of capturing modes, together with a Evening mode. The utmost supported decision for movies is 1080p, for the entrance and rear cameras.
Picture high quality is strictly common even when capturing in daylight. HDR does work effectively however images I took normally ended up having muted colors and weak particulars in panorama photographs. The autofocus is a bit sluggish to react, nevertheless it’s usable for comparatively sharp close-up photographs. Portrait mode is a little bit of a hit and miss, however not less than the app lets you alter the extent of blur and the kind of bokeh sample you’d like for subtle mild sources.
The cameras didn’t fare effectively in low mild, producing photographs with weak particulars and chroma noise in darkish areas. Evening mode, sadly, barely made any distinction in comparison with a typical photograph mode. Selfies shot in good mild appeared boring with muted colors. In low mild, selfies seemed grainy and tender, and the display flash was barely efficient right here.
The Nokia 2.4 feels prefer it ought to have been positioned a couple of steps beneath its present asking worth. Good design, respectable battery life, and lean software program apart, there’s little or no that’s truly interesting. Priced just a little over Rs. 10,000, I believe you’d be higher off with the Motorola Moto G9 (Evaluate) for only a bit more cash.
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