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Nokia 2.3 and Nokia C1 smartphones launched in the Philippines

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Official - Nokia C1 and Nokia 2.3 smartphones

Ever wish there was a way to enjoy the latest features that newer versions of Android have to offer without breaking the bank? HMD Global, the brand behind the resurgence of Nokia smartphones, understands. That’s why the company recently launched a couple of phones for the Philippine market: the Nokia 2.3 and Nokia C1.

The Nokia 2.3 is aimed squarely at those who want to enjoy “an Android experience that keeps getting better” in a simplistic package that features a great camera, immersive entertainment, and respectable battery life.

Meanwhile, the Nokia C1 is the company’s attempt at bringing as much of Android’s goodness to the masses at an even more affordable price point. It comes with a custom-built OS that’s made specifically for phones just like it.

Level up to these Nokias

Nokia 2.3
The Nokia 2.3 is focused on providing a well-rounded multimedia experience by having a large notched screen, an impressive dual-sensor rear camera, long battery life, and support for a couple of years of Android OS upgrades.

Here’s a quick look at the Nokia 2.3’s key features:

  • 6.2-inch HD+ display
  • 13MP+2MP dual rear camera
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • 2GB RAM + 32GB storage
  • 2.0GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio A22
  • microSD up to 400GB
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Wi-Fi n
  • 4000mAH battery (internal)
  • Micro USB port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • FM radio
  • Google Asssistant button
  • Biometric face unlock
  • LTE Cat 4 with VoLTE2 and VoWiFi
  • Android 9 Pie

Although it ships with Android 9, the Nokia 2.3 stands to receive up to two full years of free Android OS upgrades. Not only that, it will also get security updates for up to three years from the date of purchase.

Nokia C1

The Nokia C1, on the other hand, is a more affordable alternative that works in all-day battery life for your entertainment modes of choice whether you’re online or offline. It uses the Go Edition of Android 9 Pie, so it’s built specifically for its low price point.

Here are the Nokia C1’s key features:

  • 5.45-inch IPS display
  • 1GB RAM + 16GB storage
  • microSD card up to 64GB
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 5MP AF rear camera
  • 5MP selfie camera with LED flash
  • Micro USB port
  • FM radio
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Wi-Fi n
  • 3G mobile data
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 2500mAh battery (removable)
  • Android 9 Pie (Go Edition)
  • Google Assistant button

According to Sancho Chak, HMD Global’s General Manager for Philippines, Hong Kong, and Thailand, they want as many people as possible to actually enjoy using Android without spending a lot of money for it.

“We’re bringing the next-generation Nokia 2.3 to the Philippines as we want to reach more of our Filipino fans, especially those who are looking to level up their smartphone experience with a phone that is not only reliable and packed with advanced features but also comes with a budget-friendly price tag,” Chak explained. “We at HMD Global are very excited for the launch of the Nokia 2.3 in the Philippines and we look forward to more fans enjoying the Nokia smartphone experience that just keeps getting better.”

Charlotte Koa, HMD Global PH’s Sr. Business Manager, says that diversity plays a huge role in their overall strategy.

“HMD Global sees to it that we cater to the diverse segments of Filipino consumers,” she explained. The mix of next-gen features and affordable price tags in these models are indeed part of their plan.

Release date and pricing

The Nokia 2.3 is now available for only Php 5,990 each, and every unit comes bundled with a free Bluetooth speaker and case.

The Nokia C1 was at first a Shoppee online exclusive from February 5-12, but is now available through other online stores, namely Lazada, MemoXpress, and Argomall. It is priced only Php 2,990.

David Gonzales
Founder and Editor-in-Chief at SemiCurrent.com

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