In May 2020, the iconic Nokia brand of cell phones reappeared in Brazil with the Nokia 2.3, a smartphone beyond basic and that did not encourage much nostalgic fans. A year later, HMD Global announced its replacement: the Nokia 2.4, entry model and with promise of upgrades in the battery, in the internal space and in the RAM memory. It has a large 6.5 inch screen, dedicated button for Google Assistant, two rear cameras and costs R $ 1,399.
The device has yet another MediaTek processor and is ready to receive Android 12. Does it make sense? Is performance better? I tested Nokia 2.4 in the past few weeks and share my impressions throughout this review.
Nokia 2.4 video review
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If Nokia 2.3 was a cold cell phone, with a square aspect and without any sophistication, Nokia 2.4 has not abandoned any of these features and remains simple. To be honest, it seems that the company wanted to reinforce these attributes even more and changed the project a lot. The first point I want to emphasize is the weight: the Nokia 2.4 is not a light device, it weighs 195 grams and you can feel uncomfortable if you spend many hours playing on the phone.
The rough back of the phone, which helps with grip, features two cameras in a beacon-shaped module. And finally, Nokia has added a fingerprint reader that is in a good position. Sometimes it fails and can even be a little slow, but it is not at all serious. The flat sides of the device contain the Google Assistant on / off, volume buttons and the chip and memory card drawer.
The bad news is that the micro-USB port remains on the phone. It is sad to note that the company continues to insist on this type of connection with the most basic line. At least they didn’t remove the 3.5 mm audio jack and the headset is still shipped in the box, unlike Samsung that removed the accessory from the Galaxy A line’s affordable devices.
Screen and sound
The screen of this generation has jumped to 6.5 inches, so it can be interesting for those who like a large display. This panel is of the IPS LCD type and the resolution is HD + (1600 x 720 pixels), while the aspect ratio is 20: 9. Although it is not Full HD, this smartphone configuration can satisfy those who are not very demanding. The brightness is not so weak, the colors are vivid and the black until it can be intense within the limits.
As standard, a more prominent chin bears the name Nokia and, at the top, there is a notch to hide the 5 megapixel camera. I said that the screen of Nokia 2.4 is quite large and I must emphasize that the edges of the device as well. Still, it is a good panel for those who want to play and watch movies and series on their cell phones.
The speaker is at the bottom, next to the micro-USB port. It is mono and extremely low, so low that it can be disheartening to listen to music without a headset. Therefore, I recommend using the accessory.
I have been praising Nokia’s update policy for a long time and I maintain my positive review here. It is clear that some consumers who purchase this device will not care much about updates, but it is good to see the concern of the brand to deliver everything updated from the most basic model. In the case of Nokia 2.4, HMD Global promises two years of Android, that is, updates for Android 11 and Android 12 are guaranteed. Monthly security reviews are guaranteed until 2023.
It is interesting to note that, while Nokia leaves this information stamped on the cell phone case, Motorola, which was once a highlight in this regard, simply ignores updates and does not even mention the subject. I really hope Nokia will continue on this path by serving the most basic consumers well.
As for the interface, the Finnish once again stands out. The software remains very clean, without third-party apps, and there are only those top Google apps. The only app that you may be surprised by is the FM Radio, which is very welcome for those looking for a simple cell phone, with easy access to the radio stations. Night mode and facial recognition are other highlights in addition to the dedicated Google Assistant button.
The photographic set of Nokia 2.4 consists of two basic cameras: the main one has 13 megapixels of resolution and the secondary 2 megapixels serves for portrait mode. At the front, it brings the same front camera as the Nokia 2.3, which produces much lower quality selfies: the face area, in particular, is very white and I miss the vividness of the colors. It is also possible to notice excessive granulation in closed environments.
The main rear has a better result: the saturation is a little stronger, which I like, and the exposure is balanced. I could only notice, however, the impaired sharpness, especially in the corners of the image. If the goal is to take landscape shots, then this lens can deliver good images, but the location must be well lit. Night mode is available, but it doesn’t do a miracle: it reduces noise, but the sharpness remains poor.
The second lens, deep, works well and does not have that super artificial effect of LG devices. It is possible to have interesting photos to post on social networks. The most detailed ones may notice some noise at the edges of the image, but it is not at all serious.
In short, Nokia 2.4 is a basic phone with basic cameras. Unfortunately the brand missed the opportunity to deliver a more improved set, even the Philco Hit Plus, which is cheaper, has better cameras. In addition, I missed another lens: macro not, but an ultrawide would be very welcome.
Hardware and battery
In hardware, we have Nokia 2.4 with MediaTek Helio P22, which is a basic processor (not a problem), but it is old. It works together with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, this represents a very, very timid upgrade compared to the previous generation. At least, this time, I didn’t see those annoying gagging on the camera app and navigation is ok within limits.
With this setting, the response from opening apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is good, but you may notice some crashes in the feed. Asphalt 9, with the minimum details, it runs without much fluidity and some scenes can freeze, especially the more complex ones. Still, for those who do not demand much, it is possible to play as long as the details are at a minimum.
In conclusion, as you install more applications and with the battery losing its useful life, Nokia 2.4 may have sacrificed performance, just as with 2.3. It is a medium and long term problem that we cannot ignore and you need to take it into account.
The 4,500 mAh battery is a highlight and the brand promises up to two days of use away from the charger. It doesn’t really disappoint: I consumed two hours of Netflix, one hour of YouTube, 20 minutes of social media and 15 minutes of Asphalt 9 – the cell phone was connected to Wi-Fi and with maximum screen brightness all the time. Result: the percentage went from 100% to 73%, incredible!
The food continues to disappoint. HMD Global ships a 5 watt plug adapter that is too slow for a cell like this. On a test day, with only 3% charge, I put the device in the socket at 9:00 am and the battery reached 100% at 3:25 pm, that is, 6:25 am charging, very disappointing.
Nokia 2.4: is it worth it?
The Nokia 2.4 is an entry-level phone, with basic settings and intermediate price. It is a conflicting scenario that prevents me from approving and recommending this device while the pandemic crisis and the high dollar are hovering over Brazil. Considering his technical file, he should reach stores for less than R $ 1,000.
Looking at the competition, the Motorola Moto E7 will not guarantee Android updates and the battery is slightly lower, but it does deliver an updated processor and a better main camera. As for the price, it is also more cost-effective. Already the Galaxy A02s, today found for R $ 800, has a complete photographic set, more powerful battery, but it is sold without earphone, it is good to point out.
I recommend Nokia 2.4 for users who are looking for the basics and who will not be too demanding on the device. With that in mind, it can be interesting during retail promotions only. As with the Galaxy A02s, the Nokia 2.4 is a model that may devalue in the coming months, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
- Won fingerprint reader
- Good update policy
- Large, good screen within limits
- Micro-USB in 2021?
- An updated processor was missing
- Loader is too slow
- Cameras don’t please
- Screen: 6.5 inch IPS LCD with HD + resolution (1600 x 720 pixels), 20: 9 aspect ratio;
- Processor: Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22, 2.0 GHz octa-core cortex-A53 and PowerVR GE8320 GPU;
- RAM: 2866 GB;
- Internal storage: 64 GB (with microSD expansion: up to 512 GB);
- Yea: Dual SIM;
- Frontal camera:
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 13 megapixels;
- Depth: 2 megapixels;
- Drums: 4,500 mAh with 5 watt charging;
- Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 2.4, FM radio and 3.5 mm headphone jack;
- Software: Android 10 with guaranteed update to Android 11 and 12;
- Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity;
- Dimensions: 165.9 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm;
- Weight: 195 grams;
- Colors: gray and purple.