The COVID-19 coronavirus hasn’t stopped new devices getting unveiled. The latest is the Nokia C2, a budget Android Go-powered smartphone.

Nokia quietly launched the affordable smartphone that comes with particularly modest specifications and a price tag to match. Inside the 5.7-inch device, you’ll find a  quad-core UniSoc chipset, just 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (that can be expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card), and a headphone port.

Like most ultra-budget smartphones, the Nokia C2 relies on the outdated micro USB for charging, but the relatively small 2,800mAh battery is user-removable. Another notable hardware inclusion is that of a dedicated Google Assistant button, which allows you to quickly enter voice search and give the Assistant commands.

That display is in the HD+ flavor, with no display notches or cutouts present. It definitely has a budget feel looking at the design, but as a cheap burner phone or a backup, it might be a decent little option.

At the rear, you’ll find a solo 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, while the front-facing camera also comes at 5 megapixels. It’s highly unlikely that the Nokia C2 will be challenging in the best smartphone cameras in the business, but that is to be expected.

The device will come pre-loaded with the Android Pie version of Android Go — the stripped-back OS designed for emerging markets. While pricing and availability are not yet known, given the modest spec sheet, it’s pretty safe to assume that the C2 will be a very affordable option. It will come in two colors: cyan and black.

More on Nokia:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Damien Wilde's favorite gear