HMD Global has launched its new budget smartphone, Nokia 2.2 in India and it is the upgraded and newer version of the Nokia 2.1. The new device packs a number of good features considering its price point. HMD Global has also announced that the Nokia 2.2 will be getting the Android Q update once it rolls out along with 2 years of regular updates. It makes Nokia 2.2 the cheapest smartphone to receive the Android Q update from Google and it has also made the budget segment market a little tougher to compete. Although the new Nokia smartphone comes with new features and specifications but the earlier model Nokia 2.1 is also not far behind and it still offers a better price-to-specification ratio in smartphone market. Read on to find out how the two smartphones differs from each other and what makes them different. Here we compare the Nokia 2.2 and Nokia 2.1 so that you can see what all is new:
Nokia 2.2: 5.71-inch HD+ display
Nokia 2.1: 5.5-inch HD display
The Nokia 2.2 holds a bigger display than the Nokia 2.1 and its resolution of the screen is also higher than its predecessor.
Nokia 2.2: MediaTek Helio A22 SoC
Nokia 2.1: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC
The Nokia 2.1 is the clear winner here with its Snapdragon 425 SoC, even though the Nokia 2.2 is powered by a newer Helio A22 CPU.
Nokia 2.2: 13MP rear camera
Nokia 2.1: 8MP auto-focus camera with LED flash
Nokia 2.2 comes with a bigger and better camera than its predecessor and it is also touted to pack some AI enhancements that help the sensor take better images. The smartphone also comes with Google Lens support in its camera.
Nokia 2.2: 5MP selfie camera
Nokia 2.1: 5MP selfie camera
Both the smartphones come with the same single camera setup with a 5MP lens.
RAM and storage
Nokia 2.2: 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage
Nokia 2.1: 1GB RAM and 8GB storage
RAM and storage are among the main differences between the two smartphones. Nokia 2.1 comes in a lone 1GB RAM/ 8GB storage variant and the Nokia 2.2 packs a bigger 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM along with 16GB and 32GB storage making it better in performance.
Support for microSD card
Nokia 2.2: Yes, up to 400GB
Nokia 2.1: Yes, up to 128GB
Both the smartphones come with external storage support but Nokia 2.2 wins with its 400GB external storage support.
Nokia 2.2: 3,000mAh battery
Nokia 2.1: 4,000mAh battery
Here, the new Nokia 2.2 loses as it packs a smaller 3,000mAh battery while the Nokia 2.1 packs a larger 4,000mAh battery making it the clear winner.
Nokia 2.2: Android 9 Pie
Nokia 2.1: Android 9 Pie
Although both the Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 2.2 run Android 9 Pie but Nokia 2.2 is promised to get 2 years of regular updates and the Android Q update as well.
Nokia 2.2: starting price of Rs 6,999
Nokia 2.1: Rs 5,399
As mentioned above, Nokia 2.1 might be old but that doesn’t mean it can not compete well against the new Nokia 2.2. On some areas like the CPU, Nokia 2.1 wins with its Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU, even though the SoC on the device is older but it will no doubt compete against well against the new Nokia 2.2 powered by Helio A22 SoC. Nokia 2.1 loses on the RAM and storage department where it packs only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage so multi-tasking and storing many files wouldn’t work on it. On the other hand, the Nokia 2.2 comes with 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variant with 16GB and 32GB internal storage variant so it gives some window to multi-tasking and storage.
In the end, Nokia 2.1 is still a good smartphone with good specs and offers a good value for money but Nokia 2.2 is better with its more RAM and storage, improved cameras and bigger display.
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