HMD Global has announced three new Nokia phones: the Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1. Here, we take a closer look at the Nokia 2.1 to find out when it’s coming out, what new features it offers, and how much it will cost.

When is the Nokia 2.1 release date?

Its predecessor, the Nokia 2, became available to buy on 26 February 2018. Just three months later, HMD Global’s updated version has been unveiled, and will become available to buy at some point in July.

At least that’s a much shorter wait than the October to February we had for the Nokia 2.

How much will the Nokia 2.1 cost?

It looks like the Nokia 2.1 will be slightly more expensive than the £99/$99 Nokia 2. HMD Global has priced the new model at $115 (which is about £85, but if we take the Nokia 2 as an example it could be up to £115).

We don’t yet know which retailers and networks will sell the Nokia 2.1, but expect the likes of Amazon, Argos, Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis.

What are the Nokia 2.1 specs and features?

The Nokia 2.1 sits firmly in the budget phones category, but you might be surprised by its design and features.

The headline feature of the Nokia 2.1 is its 4,000mAh ‘2-day’ battery, but it also offers a 5.5in HD screen and dual front-facing stereo speakers designed for entertainment on the go.

Inside the Nokia 2.1 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, and there’s a 5Mp front-facing camera paired with an 8Mp rear camera.

It’s only available with 8GB storage, but there is a microSD card slot.

Available in Blue/Copper, Grey/Silver and Blue/Silver, the Nokia 2.1 is made from a durable polycarbonate with metallic accents that are designed to make the phone look more premium than its price tag.

It runs Android Oreo (Go edition), which is designed for phones with 1GB RAM or less. This means some of the Android apps that run on it (such as Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail) will be limited versions optimised for the lower specifications offered by the Nokia 2.1, but it should help things run more smoothly.

Android Oreo Go can already be found on the even cheaper Nokia 1.

HMD Global promises that it’s also ready for Android P.

OS Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB, microSD card slot
Display 5.5in 16:9 HD
Front camera 5Mp
Rear camera 8Mp autofocus with led flash
Connectivity MicroUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, BlueTooth 4.2
Battery 4,000 mAh battery
Audio Dual speakers with stereo sound
Dimensions 153.6 x 77.6 x 9.67
Weight 174g

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