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HMD’s budget Nokia 2 could be here as early as November

HMD’s low-end smartphone the still unofficial Nokia 2 could be released in November, adding a budget handset to the company’s growing range of phones. 

A screenshot of a conversation between a fan and Nokia’s Myanmar division noted that the Nokia 2 is expected to be available in Myanmar in November, according to AndroidHeadlines.

If the screenshot is legitimate, and there’s no concrete way to prove it wasn’t some Photoshop trickery, then we can expect the Nokia 2 to be announced shortly, potentially October 5 according to other leaked details and rumours. And the handset may be available in other regions before Myanmar, so there’s a chance that the budget smartphone will hit UK soil in October.

The Nokia brand is already flush with mobile handsets since its phones made a resurgence under the ownership and command of Finish company HMD; the Nokia 8 takes the fight to flagship phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S8, and the Nokia 3 is a contender for the mid-range phone market. However, with the Nokia 2, HMD wants to have a shot at the affordable smartphone arena, where the likes of Moto G5 can be found holding court.

Leaked images of the Nokia 2, if they are correct, show a distinctly budget orientated handset with a very 2016 design; there’s no bezel-less display or clever tweaking of screen ratios and dimensions to fit more into less like the LG G6.

But the Nokia 3 does look to be running stock Android, a boon for pure Android fans who don’t want to shell out for a Pixel, and the Nokia 2 is expected to have a hefty 4,000mAh battery, which should see it keep ticking along for longer than rival handsets.

Rumoured specs such as a 5-inch 720p resolution display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chip might not set the phone world alight, but the Nokia 2 would seem like a good device for people who just want a basic smartphone or an inexpensive mobile to give to kids. The Nokia 2 could also make a decent backup phone or something you can take to festivals without worrying about it getting damaged.

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