Nokia 4.2 review: budget smartphone on pure Android with NFC


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Judging by the current lineup, Nokia decided to focus on budget smartphones and

middle price segment. The competition in this segment is extremely fierce, but Nokia also has a couple of trump cards up its sleeve. This is the use of a pure Android OS (Android One program) and the presence of an NFC module. And for a certain part of the audience, these trump cards will be extremely important. Today we will get acquainted with one of such inexpensive smartphones of the company, Nokia 4.2.

  1. What is it?
  2. What makes him interesting?
  3. What is in the box?
  4. How does Nokia 4.2 look and assemble?
  5. How good is the screen?
  6. What about performance and autonomy?
  7. Is the interface convenient?
  8. How well does Nokia 4.2 shoot?
  9. In the dry residue

What is it?

Nokia 4.2 - Android smartphone with 5.71-inch IPS display with HD + resolution, 19: 9 aspect ratio and a cutout at the top, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, microSD card support, 13 + 2 MP dual main camera , NFC and pure Android 9 Pie.

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What makes him interesting?


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Nokia 4.2 is an inexpensive smartphone with an appearance in the spirit of current models on the market. He got a relatively compact by today's standards 5.71-inch elongated display with an aspect ratio of 19: 9, so the width of the smartphone is very small. An IPS matrix with a resolution of HD + (1520 × 720 pixels) with a cutout in the upper part is used. Inside, there is a budget eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory expandable with microSD cards. The main camera is dual, 13 MP modules (f / 2.2 aperture) plus 2 MP for blurring the background, front camera - 8 megapixels f / 2.0. 3000 mAh battery. There is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, an FM tuner and NFC. Unfortunately, Type-C saved and installed MicroUSB. Powered by pure Android 9 Pie.

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What is in the box?


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Options Nokia 4.2 standard, no surprises. The smartphone is packaged in a flat box with a picture of the smartphone, the model name and technical specifications on the back. Inside - a smartphone, a clip for removing the tray, a 5V / 2A charger, a MicroUSB cable and documentation:


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How does Nokia 4.2 look and assemble?


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Nokia seems to have decided not to experiment muchwhen developing Nokia 4.2 and externally, the smartphone looks in the spirit of most current smartphones of the middle and budget segments. Glass front and rear, an elongated 19: 9 display with a drop-shaped cutout and rounded corners, relatively small frames on the top and sides, the chin - a little larger, with the Nokia logo. The front camera is installed in the cutout, and above - a slot in the earpiece:


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The frame is made of plastic, still in front of usstate employee. It is rounded, with a glossy color. Bottom and top is the standard “budget set”: MicroUSB, an external speaker, microphones and a 3.5 mm headphone jack:


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On the sides, everything is a little more interesting. On the left side there is a tray and a Google call button. I'm not sure that it will be popular among users, given that it is impossible to reassign it, just turn it off:


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You can install 2 SIM cards and a MicroSD memory card in the tray:


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On the right side there is a volume rocker and a power button. The latter was made interesting: they decided to place an LED indicator of events around the perimeter. An unusual, but very useful solution:


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The backdrop is made of glass, in our case blackcolors. A set of functional elements is standard: the main camera module and a fingerprint scanner. The scanner was placed almost flush with the rear panel and the first time it’s not possible to get into it every time:


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Thanks to the relatively small diagonal (by today's standards) and the elongated aspect ratio, the width turned out to be comfortable. But the smartphone itself turned out to be a little slippery.

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How good is the screen?


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The smartphone is set to 5.71-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 1520 × 720, an aspect ratio of 19: 9 and a pixel density of about 295 ppi. The resolution is modest, but it uses an IPS matrix rather than AMOLED with the arrangement of PenTile subpixels, so it will be extremely difficult to consider individual pixels. The brightness margin is sufficient: you can read information in the sun. In the screen settings - a standard set: scale, font, auto brightness, night mode, plus there is a color temperature setting:


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Measurements showed that maximum brightnessis IPS 333.087 cd / m2, black field brightness is 0.283 cd / m2, and contrast is 1177: 1. Good performance, as for a very inexpensive smartphone. By default, the screen goes a little cold, but you can manually adjust it if you wish. Color gamut close to sRGB:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Nokia 4.2
333.087
0.283
1177: 1

Huawei P30 Lite
336.681
0.493
683: 1

ASUS ZenFone 6
444.896
0.446
998: 1

Sony Xperia 10 Plus
509.719
0.509
1001: 1

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
415.638
0.562
740: 1

What about performance and autonomy?

In Nokia 4.2, a fairly modest entry-level processor is installed - the eight-core 12-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 439: eight Cortex-A53 cores. Two operate at a frequency of 2.0 GHz, six - up to 1.45 GHz. Graphics accelerator - Adreno 505. RAM - 3 GB. In general, the system works without noticeable brakes, applications work adequately. But some general “slow” smartphone is felt compared to more expensive models. Games are also not the strongest side of a smartphone. Some time killers like Clash of Clans work without question, games with heavier graphics are playable, but they feel slowdowns.


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The results in the benchmarks are corresponding, very low:


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The system let and not impress with its performance, but it works very stably. In the Trottling Test, during the entire 15 minutes of performance loss, there were practically no decreases:


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32 GB of internal memory, of which is availableabout 20 GB. Modestly, but there is a microSD slot, support for cards up to 400 GB is claimed. Of the wireless modules, there is Wi-Fi b / g / n (yes, only one band), Bluetooth 4.2 with support for the aptX codec, FM-receiver and NFC, which is still a rare guest in budget smartphones. There is GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS, BDS, it works stably and quickly:


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The capacity of the built-in battery is 3000 mAh. In theory, the small display resolution and not too gluttonous SoC should have a positive impact on autonomy. But it is worth recalling, 5.71 inches, IPS. As a result, the indicators are average. There is enough for a day of work. If you exclude games and do not overuse the photo too much, then you can somehow squeeze out a day and a half.


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There is a power saving mode, Adaptive Battery technology and “Digital Well-being”, which can help extend battery life.


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Is the interface convenient?

The smartphone participates in the Android One program andruns on a practically clean Android 9 Pie OS, so there are no surprises or features. We have already considered it several times, for example, in the Nokia 6.1 Plus review. Desktops, a separate application menu, a dispatcher in the form of cards, split-screen mode, Google Assistant - everything is familiar. You can disable a separate Google Assistant button, and use the fingerprint scanner to call the notification curtain:


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Of the additional applications, Nokia preinstalledyour camera, FM tuner and Nokia Care. The latest application allows you to monitor the status of the memory and battery of the smartphone (from useful). The rest of the functionality - application recommendations, instructions and links to the relevant forums on Nokia smartphones:


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How well does Nokia 4.2 shoot?

Native camera applicationdevelopment, as in all Nokia smartphones. Modes are switched by horizontal movements, all the basic settings, including flash and HDR, are placed on the main screen. There is a background blur mode and a professional mode with manual settings. You can quickly turn on the pro mode by dragging the shutter button to the center of the screen. Turns off by reverse movement:


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The main camera is double, consists ofA 13-megapixel module with an f / 2.2 aperture and an additional 2 MP, with which the camera blurs the background. There is no optical stabilization. The camera was very good, as for such a price category. There are no special complaints about daytime photos. At night, the matrix begins to make noise and blur appears. What is expected, but getting an adequate photo is quite possible:


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In the dry residue

Nokia 4.2 - a pretty nice inexpensive smartphone that can please the potential owner with the current appearance and high-quality materials of the case, a good display, the main camera, “clean” Android of the current version with subsequent updates, separate slots for 2xSIM and MicroSD and a nice bonus in the form of an NFC module for contactless payment. Of course, all of the above - only in the context of the price category, given which a smartphone can forgive a very modest performance, battery life and a MicroUSB connector. Now the smartphone is sold for 4000 UAH Nokia 4.2 has enough competitors in this category, including those with more powerful processors and FullHD displays.

6 reasons to buy Nokia 4.2:

  • nice display (taking into account the cost);
  • actual appearance and convenient shape;
  • good main camera (taking into account the cost);
  • pure Android 9 Pie OS without shells;
  • the presence of an NFC module;
  • Separate trays for 2xSIM and MicroSD.

3 reasons not to buy Nokia 4.2:

  • you need a more powerful smartphone;
  • modest battery life;
  • MicroUSB.

Nokia 4.2

A state employee with NFC and “clean” Android

The device is equipped with a 5.71-inch screen, Snapdragon processor 439, 3 GB of RAM and 32 ROMs. The smartphone also has a main camera of 13 megapixel + 2 megapixel and a 3000 mAh battery

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Technical specifications Nokia 4.2

Display
IPS, 5.71 inches, 1520 × 720, 19: 9, 295 ppi

Housing
dimensions of 149 × 71.3 × 8.4 mm, weight: 161 g

CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, 64 bit, 12 nm, 2 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 + 6 × 1.45 GHz Cortex A53, Adreno 505 Graphics Accelerator

RAM
3 GB

Flash memory
32 GB + microSD

Camera
Main: 13 megapixels (f / 2.2) + 2 MP, front 8 MP (f / 2.0)

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, FM, NFC

GPS
GPS, Glonass, BDS

Battery
3000 mAh non-removable

operating system
Android 9 Pie

Sim card
2x nanoSIM

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