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Nokia 2.3 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Nokia 2.3 is one of the brand's budget Android One has recently arrived in the Philippines.
Nokia 2.3 Unboxing and First Impressions
Meet Nokia 2.3

Based on specs, it could be a good starter device because of its decent specs for everyday usage and a huge battery that could last a while.

Here are our first impressions. Check it out!

Unboxing/Accessories

Unboxed
Unboxed

Nokia 2.3 came in a square box with a pull-out design that has the first layer serve as a sleeve. Once you pull out the main box, you see the phone immediately.

Under it is a SIM ejector tool and some paperwork. To the right, there is a compartment that includes the wall adapter, USB to micro USB data/charging cable, and a pair of earphones with mic. There is no case included in the package.

Build Quality/Design

Textured back panel with metal fram
Textured back panel with metal frame

Nokia 2.3 has a textured polycarbonate back panel with a metal frame that gives it a premium feel which is a plus for a sub-PHP 6K device. It comes in two colors in Cyan Green and Charcoal. The front panel is a 2.5D curved glass, but there's no mention of glass protection.

Putting a case and a screen protector on this device on it is recommended

The back panel has nice curves and the cameras aren't protruding. The device is up-to-date in terms of the front design with a small dewdrop notch, slim bezels, and a bit of a chin. The chin's thickness is acceptable for the price.

The device measures at 157.69 x 75.41 x 8.68 mm which is pretty standard. Given that it has a 4,000mAh battery, it is amazing that it is as slim as it is.
Top
Top

Bottom
Bottom

You can find the power button and volume rocker at the right of the device, a dedicated Google Assistant button at the left along with the SIM tray, a 3.5mm headphone jack up top, and the micro USB port, mic, and speakers at the bottom.
Left
Left
Right
Right

The textured finish adds more grip to it as well. It fits comfortably into my hand and can be easily used with one.

The phone is on the heavy side which is not bad since it adds to the premium feel it has.  Its 183 grams weight is the sweet spot for me.

Initial findings

Dewdrop notch display
Dewdrop notch display

1. The 6.2-inch 2.5D curved TFT screen with HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution for a PHP 5,990 is good enough to enjoy video streaming and social media browsing. It is also good for one-handed operation since it is smaller than most modern devices. The screen is bright and has good colors overall.
AnTuTu score of Nokia 2.3
AnTuTu score of Nokia 2.3

2. In terms of specs, the 2.0GHz Helio A22 quad-core processor with PowerVR GE8300 is old and slow. The use of 2GB RAM is a bit of a letdown as well. There is a 32GB of expandable storage and a huge 4,000mAh battery to round up the specs.

3. It is running Android One version of Android 9.0 Pie which is light enough to run smoothly even with the limited specs it has. Pair it with Lite versions of the most used apps as well as Google apps and you can expect a smooth experience.
Rear cameras
Rear cameras

4. The dual-camera setup has 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP sensors with AF, and LED flash. It is barebones in terms of camera specs. It also has a 5MP selfie sensor. 
Where's the Night mode?

In its marketing material, Nokia said that it has a "Night mode" that uses an advanced image fusion and exposure tracking that takes numerous photos and combines them into better-looking shots even in low light.

However, it is not available in our unit.

5. There is no fingerprint sensor but face unlock is present. The Google Assistant button is a welcome addition as well. It has the basics with WiFi, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, and GLONASS.

Nokia 2.3 Specs

Display: 6.2-inch 2.5D curved TFT screen w/ HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution at 271 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 64-bit Helio A22 quad-core processor
GPU: PowerVR GE8300
RAM: 2GB
ROM: 32GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB
Back Camera: 13MP f/2.2 w/ AF + 2MP w/ LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5MP f/2.4
Battery: 4,000mAh
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM slots.
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity
Others: Face unlock, Google Assistant button, Colors: cyan green, charcoal
Dimensions: 157.69 x 75.41 x 8.68 mm
Weight: 183 g
Price: PHP 5,990

As of the moment

The Nokia 2.3 is looking to be a decent budget device with strong battery performance and multiple cameras for less.

However, I am left wanting more especially when great devices are becoming more affordable while other affordable devices are becoming better and better each release.

No matter, I will be using this as my daily driver to fully assess its capabilities.

Watch out for the full review soon!
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