The Nokia 9 PureView is undoubtedly one of the non-folding highlights for Nokia this year, but that is far from HMD Global’s only bet this year. For those who prefer an affordable pure Android experience, there is a new Nokia smartphone to choose from. The Nokia 4.2 joins the growing number of smartphones with dedicated Google Assistant buttons.
If you simply judge by specs and numbers, you’ll probably walk away disappointed. The Nokia 4.2 is powered by Snapdragon 439 with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The 5.71-inch HD+ screen comes with a waterdrop notch at the top and a thick bezel at the bottom for branding. There’s a dual camera setup on the back, 13 megapixel and 2 megapixel sensors, and an 8 megapixel camera on the front.
The 4.2 is going to be largely defined by its software. With Android One, it’s guaranteed a clean and updated experience with updates for at least two years. New to the fold, however, is a dedicated Google Assistant button for quickly summoning the helpful AI silently. A single press is enough to start Google Assistant while two presses give you an overview of the day’s flow, with smart suggestions and personalised info included. A long press, on the other hand, will let you speak with Google Assistant in walkie-talkie fashion.
The Nokia 4.2 will go on sale this week with a cash price of R2999 or R199/month on a 24-month contract at Vodacom.
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