HMD announces the new Nokia 2.2 smartphone, starting at €99

After an initial teaser last week, Nokia Mobile has finally announced its latest smartphone in the form of the Nokia 2.2, a low-cost device promising to bring the power of AI to everyone.

Starting with the specs, the Nokia 2.2 comes with the MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, with four A53 processing cores at 2GHz, and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. The display is a 5.71-inch one, with HD+ resolution in the 19:9 aspect ratio, and with a notch at the top to house the selfie camera.

Nokia emphasized the presence of AI in the new phone, with a dedicated Google Assistant button so you can interact with your phone using just your voice. AI is also part of the camera app, which Nokia says should get you much better shots in low-light compared to other affordable smartphones. In addition to AI, you'll be using a 13MP camera on the back, and a 5MP one on the front to take those pictures.

Like every other Nokia phone, the Nokia 2.2 is part of the Android One program, promising two years of major Android updates and three years of security updates. It comes with Android Pie out of the box. Other features include face unlock capabilities, which Nokia says won't be fooled by a printed picture of you.

The phone will be available in either Steel or Tungsten Black colors, but it also comes with exchangeable Xpress-on covers, so you can customize its look later on.

What's truly interesting about this phone is its starting price of just €99, evenly matching that of the Nokia 1 Plus. For the same price, you get a bigger display with higher resolution, at least double the RAM and internal storage, an improved rear camera, and a full version of Android instead of Android Go. It's not currently clear when the phone will be available, but you can already find it on Nokia's website.

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