- Analysis by KJ David
Much like its predecessor, the Nokia 2, the aptly-named Nokia 2.1 is a low-caliber smartphone suffering from old-fashioned hardware specs, such as a measly 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor , the latter being quite a gutsy choice, given the popularity of octa-core processors among similarly-sized budget smartphones as of this on-paper review -- discover the best eight-core phones here.
Despite the aforementioned cons on the performance front, though, it also mimics the Nokia 2 in terms of raw battery power, lugging a robust 4000mAh battery (The Nokia 2 actually comes with a 4100mAh cell) that promises up to 2 days of life on a single charge. This battery pack brings to mind some of the best phones when it comes to battery life, while making the Nokia 2.1 sound benevolent compared to a lot of other models with its kind of processing components.
Up front, the 2.1 sports a 5.5-inch display that's roughly 20 percent larger than that of the Nokia 2, although it opts for a similar HD (1280 x 720) definition and a 16:9 aspect ratio. As for storage, it comes with an unimpressive 8GB internal memory that is fortunately accompanied by an up-to-128GB microSD card slot , which sounds appreciable, at least by entry-level standards.
Jumping over to the imaging front, the Nokia 2.1 sits nowhere near the best selfie phones to date, touting an archaic 5-megapixel-only fixed-focus selfie camera right above its screen. Moreover, it opts for a so-so 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that at least comes with standard autofocus and an LED flash.
Its other pros and cons include dual front-firing speakers , an audio setup that, as of this write-up, was not a very common among mere entry-level smartphones. It also runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition operating system that is essentially a watered-down version of Android Oreo tailored to lower-specked smartphones, having versions of typical pre-loaded apps that are designed to burn less data and use less phone storage.
This Nokia model features a dual-color shell (It is offered in three colors) that combines some metallic detailing with a polycarbonate backing. 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity of up to 150Mbps joins the mix as well.
In summary, the Nokia 2.1, given its combination of pros and cons, carves its own niche market, in the form of power-cautious, but pragmatic smartphone shoppers.
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