Ever since Nokia made a comeback in the Indian smartphone market, the brand has been mostly naming its smartphone very simply by using basic numbers. From Nokia 1 to Nokia 9 and many in between, the brand has mostly covered it all. But there remained a small gap – the company did not have any phone with “4” in the name. Until now. The brand has just launched a new smartphone called the Nokia 4.2, bridging the gap between the Nokia 3 series and the Nokia 5 series. Just how good the phone is will be revealed in our report card in the coming days, but as of now, here are seven things you need to know about the new decimal entrance in the Nokia smartphone profile:
Glassy design, display disappointment
In terms of looks, the Nokia 4.2 is your mainstream ‘smartphone next door.’ It comes with a shiny glass back with dual cameras placed in a vertical capsule on the top half followed by a round fingerprint scanner and the company’s logo. The front also speaks the traditional design language. It comes with a tall 5.7-inch drop notch display surrounded by thin bezels from three sides and with a relatively thick chin. The disappointing bit about the front is that display. The smartphone comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It does not look as washed out as some of the other HD+ displays we have seen but that said an HD+ display at the price point can definitely be a pain point for the Nokia 4.2, considering you can get a full HD+ display from other brands at a lesser price. The design overall looks clean and the smartphone feels surprisingly compact and has a good hand feel. That said, the glass back and front make the phone slightly slippery and prone to scratches and smudges, like any other glass phone in the market. It comes with dual SIM card slots and a dedicated slot for a microSD card.
Ok, Google, you have a button of your own
One of the more publicised features of the Nokia 4.2 is in the shape of a small button, placed on the plastic frame holding the two glass fronts together — the Google Assistant button. Google Assistant is a virtual assistant present on the Nokia 4.2, waking up which would allow you to give voice commands to your smartphone to get certain tasks done. Once set up, you can ask Google Assistant to help make calls, play music, type and send message amongst other things. You can even long press it to use it like a walkie talkie. Cool, eh?
New Chipset in town
It is a start of a new series from Nokia and guess what, it also brings a new chipset to the smartphone party. The Nokia 4.2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processor, which we have not yet seen on any other smartphone in India. It is paired with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The storage can be expanded upto 400 GB using a microSD card. As we have not really used the processor, we cannot say how well it actually performs yet but from sheer numerical value, we think it is another one of Qualcomm’s beginners’ chipsets, placed slightly above 425. We do not expect it conquer all the multitask and gaming battles that we throw in its way but it should be able to handle the basics well.
Android One on board
Ever since Nokia has made a come back in the market, the brand has been sticking to stock Android when it comes to UI. This have not changed in the Nokia 4.2’s case either. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box and comes with everything that a general stock Android experience brings to the table plus as it is part of the Android One initiative, it comes with update assurances directly from Google. This means the Nokia 4.2’s UI will not only be clean, clutter and third-party application free, but will also be up to speed with the latest software from the folks who make Android – Google.
Dual cameras in place
Dual cameras are almost a hygiene feature in most mid-segment smartphones nowadays and while Nokia might have deprived the 4.2 of a full HD+ display, the smartphone does come with a set of dual cameras. The primary camera setup comprise a 13-megapixel main sensor with f/2.2 aperture bundled with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The aperture on the smartphone may be a little small but the addition of the depth sensor means there will be bokeh in your pictures (just how finely implemented though? You will have to see in our detailed review). There also is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Those numbers seem routine, and it will be interesting to see what Nokia can coax out of them.
A somewhat big battery
Powering all those specs is a 3,000 mAh battery. That might not sound too large in this era of 4000 mAh batteries, but thanks to its 5.7 inch display with HD+ resolution and not-so-high-end specs, we expect the Nokia 4.2 to comfortably get through at least a day of basic usage like texting, social media scrolling, Web browsing along with other day to day tasks. There is no support for fast charging, which means the smartphone is likely to take a bit of time to charge. Also, the phone comes with a micro USB port which might disappoint those who are expecting USB Type C ports.
A somewhat high price?
With a price of Rs. 10,999, the Nokia 4.2 finds itself sitting right in the middle of cut-throat competition. The smartphone faces heat from the likes of Redmi Note 7, Asus Zenfone Max Pro Me, Redmi 7, Redmi Y3, and the Realme 3, most of which come with either relatively high-end specs or with a more affordable price tag or both. Will the Nokia 4.2 be able to make space for itself in this market? Wait for our detailed review and comparisons to find out!