Things are getting really interesting in the budget smartphone space in Kenya, just after Huawei announced their latest budget phone, Y5 (2019), HMD Global (the makers of Nokia phones) has also announced the availability of the Nokia 3.2 in the Kenyan market.
The device which was announced globally a while back comes with a number of firsts in the Nokia lineup, including an interesting notification light embedded within the power button and also a Google Assistant button to quickly summon up arguably the world’s best virtual assistant.
If these special features already get you excited, then that’s exactly where the company wants you. Just from the looks, the Nokia 3.2 is a worthy contender in this space, it might cost around a thousand bob more than its competitors but the device is really going the extra mile to justify picking it over the other.
For instance, there’s a 6.26-inch HD display with a water drop notch as has become the trend now, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage – which is rather disappointing but the company says they are bundling an extra 16GB MicroSD card with every purchase of the Nokia 3.2.
Like most phones at this price point, the Nokia 3.2 features a huge battery, 4000mAh capacity to be precise and HMD says that the device can last up to 2 days of usage. There’s fast charging, so you won’t grow grey hair waiting for the device to juice up and as for the cameras, you get a 13MP and 5MP combination for the back and front cameras respectively.
As exciting as the phone is with its “pure, secure and up to date” software experience directly from Google, it is disappointing that the storage option available locally is quite limiting. Then, there’s the lack of a fingerprint scanner, which beats all logic but at least the phone looks beautiful overall to stand out from the pack.
Whether you decide to pick this phone over any other option the market holds is entirely up to you but for Kes.13,999, you can get the Nokia 3.2 at either Safaricom shops or various partner stores across the country. If we manage to get our hands on a review unit, this is one device we’ll put through its paces.