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Nokia 2.4 quick review: Beautiful design, large display will appeal to buyers

HMD Global has launched the Nokia 2.4 smartphone in India and along with it, the company wants you to taste the pure Android experience over specifications.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | November 26, 2020 | Updated 16:23 IST

Highlights

  • Nokia 2.4 has a 6.5-inch large display with a notch on top.
  • Nokia 2.4 comes with a MediaTek Helio P22 processor inside.
  • The Nokia 2.4 comes across as a decent device for Rs 10,399.

Nokia has a new smartphone in India. It is called the Nokia 2.4 and takes things forward from the Nokia 2.3. HMD Global follows a very systematic way when it launches successors and this one seems the right outcome of this strategy. As a successor, the Nokia 2.4 brings a larger display, a slightly better processor, more battery, and a beautiful design that is something HMD Global is famously known for. The latest phone from HMD Global is the third one in India this year, the first and second ones being the Nokia 5.3 and Nokia C3. Which makes the device important for the company because its rivals are flourishing in the market.

I got to spend a brief time with the latest Nokia 2.4. While I will take some days to finally be ready with my review for the device, I have initial thoughts about it. My first impression of the Nokia 2.4 favours it, meaning that this device comes across as convincing enough for the price it is asking. The Nokia 2.4 comes at a price of Rs 10,399 -- a price category where the competition is strong between Realme, Redmi, and even Motorola now. So, where will the Nokia 2.4 stand among them? I have some key points to share in this quick review.

Nokia 2.4 is a looker

Right off the bat, let me talk about the design of the Nokia 2.4. I am an ardent fan of Nokia phones and that argument is always true as far as the design of these phones is concerned. This new Nokia 2.4 gives me another reason to reiterate that. The smartphone has a polycarbonate body that does not look cheap at all. It is well-built and curvy on the edges. The Nokia 2.4 has a gradient finish at the back. The one I have is Charcoal in colour with light shades on the top and a little darker shade on the bottom. There is the Nokia branding on the back, which is very prominent. Above that are a fingerprint sensor in a circular cavity and a vertical stack of cameras.

This one is a tall phone, which means it will be difficult for people with small hands to hold it. But it will not cause any discomfort because the edges of this phone have a good finish. The sides of the phone have the power button and the volume rocker. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge of the phone while the bottom end has the Micro-USB port and the speaker grille. I am still to test how all these hardware components work but my initial impression is that they are good-looking and well crafted.

Big screen

On the front, the Nokia 2.4 comes with a 6.5-inch display that has a waterdrop style notch on the top. The display is quite large, which means it will enhance gaming and movie-watching experiences. This display, however, is only 720p with an aspect ratio of 20:9. This means that everything you watch on this display will be capped at the 720p resolution, which does not optimally go with the large size of the screen. The colours on the display are rich and brightness is also high, but I still have to test this display under certain conditions to be able to tell you how good this display actually is.

Two cameras

There are two cameras on the backside of the phone, comprising a 13MP sensor and a 2MP sensor. As far as photography is concerned, Nokia phones have a good name. They provide the same quality on the photos, if not better, as some rival handsets can offer. I will be thorough with the photography capabilities of this phone in my review but right now what I can tell you is that you will not be disappointed. There is a 5MP camera for selfies that resides inside the notch of the phone. This one too looks decent enough for selfies but I am not sure about the photo quality from this sensor at this point.

Battery seems solid

Nokia 2.4 features a 4500mAh battery inside. This battery should last long, enough for two days, which is what the company is claiming for this phone. The Nokia 2.3 had a 4000mAh battery, so this one has a rather bumped-up battery specifications. I have reservations on battery life because I have not tested the phone yet. There is no fast charging on this phone, which makes it a little underwhelming over the competition. The battery is charged via a Micro-USB port. The charger is bundled with the phone.

Nokia 2.4 a decent phone

There are a couple of things that go in favour of Nokia 2.4, according to my initial impression. The Nokia 2.4 has a good and large display, a trendy design, and decent cameras. The battery also seems long-lasting for now. These are the basics that the Nokia 2.4 gets right, and should be enough to appeal to customers. There are some shortcomings that Nokia 2.4 has, but I am not sure right now if they actually impact the smartphone experience. The value for money factor of this phone is still to be determined. I will oust my review in a couple of days, until then, I believe, the Nokia 2.4 is a good-looking Android device with HMD Global's software promise.

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