Last month at a launch event in India, HMD Global took the wraps off of its latest entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 2. The company said the new smartphone would go on sale globally in mid-November for EUR 99, and as promised, it launched Russia in early November and South Africa later in the month. On Monday, it came to a new territory: The U.S.
HMD Global kicked off U.S. pre-orders for the Nokia 2 at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H. It starts at $99, and it’s the unlocked model, which might be a dealbreaker for some people — it won’t work on CDMA-based networks such Verizon and Sprint. But it’s compatible with at least some of AT&T and T-Mobile’s bands, and comes in three colors: Copper, Black, and White.
Good luck getting your hands on one, though. As of publication time, the Nokia 2 is out of the stock on Amazon. (To sign up for availability alerts, head over to the store listing here.)
To recap, the Nokia 2 is first in HMD Global’s Nokia lineup aimed at new smartphone buyers and one of the company’s most affordable devices yet. It features a polycarbonate IP52 dust- and water-resistant plastic body with a metal frame and Gorilla Glass 3, which protects the phone’s 5-inch HD LTPS display from bumps and scratches. It has 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and under the hood there’s a Snapdragon 212 quad-core system-on-chip, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card), a 4,100 mAh battery, and a Bluetooth 4.1-compatible radio.