HMD Global keeps getting better with Nokia devices. The newly released Nokia 4.2 was lunched in February alongside the ultimate Nokia 9 which is currently the boss of camera smartphones in 2019.
The Nokia 4.2 has a waterdrop display, nice user experience, smart display and camera, good lasting battery, and great feel. Let’s get to it
Nokia 4.2 Design and Display
- HMD designed Nokia 4.2 beautifully, measuring 148.95 x 71.30 x 8.39mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 161.00 grams which is quite heavy for a 5 inch device but it OK and I like the fact that HMD decided to produce the Nokia 4.2 in Black and Pink Sand colours with a premium looking 2.5D curved glass on both front and rear side of the phone, giving a user a joy to hold in one hand.
The colour as mentioned above is nice to have because Nokia fans are often getting just black, blue and white version of their products on the mid-range smartphone category.
The dual lens is also a plus to be seen on a budget device, a waterdrop notch like display design which encapsulates the front snapper. The bezel to the sides and top are considerably small 👌, but the bottom one is large which is a minus for me but still OK for a mid-range device.
The phone is equipped with 5.71-inch touch-screen display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520p which I feel should have been left off in 2018 considering it brightness level and viewing quality compared to 2340 x 1080p. The screen has a pixel density of 269 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 which made viewing angle more wide.
Hardware & software
Nokia 4.2 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor which is a low one, I prefer they had opted in for Helio P22 AI oriented chipset but since they are a fan of Snapdragon, we accept.
The phone comes with 2GB of RAM and packs 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via micro SD card (up to 400GB) with a dedicated SD card slot.
Nokia 4.2 delivers a pure Android experience with Android One (Android 9 Pie OS) with no clutter, no customised UI (stock Android) and users get free monthly security updates which is cool.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia 4.2 on the rear packs a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron which i’ll say can’t fulfil your camera desire If you are the camera type because of it f-number. Once again, the MP number doesn’t determine the quality of a camera lens, only it f-number which is the aperture (f/2.2) which is a big number.
The bigger the number, the higher chance of low camera quality while the smaller the number, the better the chances of allowing more light into the image sensor to deliver a superb quality image. Check the galaxy S10 series f-number or that of Nokia 9, huawei mate 20 pro, Huawei Y9 2019, Honor view 20, Google pixel 3, Oneplus 6T and you’ll see why they are the best camera smartphones.
The second is a 2MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.75-micron which is primarily for bokeh and portrait shot. It sports an 8MP camera on the front, with an f/2.0 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron.
The 13MP rear camera, the 2MP depth-sensing camera abd the stunning 8MP front-facing selfie camera which allows a wide 74° field of view should not be underrated though, it can still do well but not for the camera freaks.
The front-facing 8MP sensor lets you unlock your phone with your face. It’s convenient to use so users can rely on it, with deep-learning algorithms and eyes-open detection ensuring it works even in low light, in a matter of seconds but not accurate In all low light 💡 condition.
Connectivity and Networks
Connectivity options on the Nokia 4.2 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.20, NFC, Micro-USB, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor and OTG which allows for the attachment flash drives and the likes.
Networks include; GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 | WCDMA: 1, 5, 8 | LTE 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 (120MHz) and a network speed LTE Cat 4 – 150Mbps DL / 50Mbps UL, VoLTE, VoWiFi.
The Nokia 4.2 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and the best part is; more you use it, the more it learns about how user 👥 uses his/her phone. Nokia 4.2 has a battery function which is AI-oriented to deliver user experiences like adaptive battery and adaptive brightness which learns from how you use your phone to maximise battery life and overall experience.