Nokia 2 Launches In The US For $99 At Amazon, Best Buy, And B&H

Last month at a launch event in India, HMD Global took the wraps off of its latest entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 2. The company said the new smartphone would go on sale globally in mid-November for EUR 99, and as promised, it launched Russia in early November and South Africa later in the month. On Monday, it came to a new territory: The U.S.

HMD Global kicked off U.S. pre-orders for the Nokia 2 at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H. It starts at $99, and it’s the unlocked model, which might be a dealbreaker for some people — it won’t work on CDMA-based networks such Verizon and Sprint. But it’s compatible with at least some of AT&T and T-Mobile’s bands, and comes in three colors: Copper, Black, and White.

Good luck getting your hands on one, though. As of publication time, the Nokia 2 is out of the stock on Amazon. (To sign up for availability alerts, head over to the store listing here.)

To recap, the Nokia 2 is first in HMD Global’s Nokia lineup aimed at new smartphone buyers and one of the company’s most affordable devices yet. It features a polycarbonate IP52 dust- and water-resistant plastic body with a metal frame and Gorilla Glass 3, which protects the phone’s 5-inch HD LTPS display from bumps and scratches. It has 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and under the hood there’s a Snapdragon 212 quad-core system-on-chip, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card), a 4,100 mAh battery, and a Bluetooth 4.1-compatible radio.

On the software side, the Nokia comes with Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box, and HMD Global says that it’ll receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo in the coming months.

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