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Nokia 2.4 in the test

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Fabian von Thun

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Conclusion from 11/10/2020

The Nokia 2.4 is an affordable entry-level smartphone, but as such it has some compromises and savings. We like the high-contrast display and the battery with a long runtime of almost 15 hours. But it turns out so good because of the rather average performance. The cameras and the equipment could be significantly better for a model under 150 euros. In the video we explain to you what you should pay attention to when buying a mobile phone.

Long battery life (15 hours)
Solid HD + display
Dual SIM and memory card slot
Tremendous battery charge time
Small store
Bad cameras

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Nokia 2.4 in the test: solid LC display

As an entry-level smartphone for 120 euros, the 6.5-inch display of the Nokia 2.4 offers slightly above-average values. Here we find an HD + resolution of 1,600 x 720 pixels, which is widely used in budget devices, and thus a relatively good pixel density of 284 ppi ("pixels per inch"). The refresh rate is limited to the usual 60 Hertz and the brightness does not stand out from the crowd with 323.8 cd / m². Reading can be difficult in bright ambient light.
The Nokia 2.4 also only achieved mediocre results in the laboratory test. The checkerboard contrast should be emphasized here, which is quite impressive at 167: 1. The device's color palette at least completely covers the standard sRGB color space, but we only get around 73 percent of the extended DCI-P3. Thus, the display does quite well for a cell phone in this price range, but of course it is no comparison to the high-end models from Apple, Samsung and Co.

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Nokia 2.4 in the test: average performance

The Nokia is equipped with solid technical equipment, which performed well in the test. The Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 processor has eight cores and a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz. The main memory is very small at two GB, which means that multitasking can be a problem, especially with more complex apps and programs. In terms of general operation, the technology of the Nokia 2.4 does quite well considering the price.
The results of our benchmark tests are correspondingly average. With a PCMark score of 5,406 points, the 2.4 is roughly on par with the Samsung Galaxy A21s or the Xcover 4s - although both devices also benefit from the larger RAM. More complex 3D games in particular have a difficult time on the entry-level device, while the time of a full 19.2 seconds required to render our test PDF does not make a positive impression. If you are looking for a smart smartphone for extensive multitasking tasks and occasional 3D gaming, you should at least invest a little more. There are significantly stronger models for less than 150 euros. The performance is sufficient for everyday use, but you will not have much fun beyond that.

Nokia 2.4 in the test: equipment with gaps

As is usual with entry-level devices, the equipment of the Nokia 2.4 is quite thin. The Android smartphone offers basics such as WiFi, LTE with a lame 150 Mbit per second, dual SIM and a memory card slot to expand the rather scarce 32 GB of memory - even only 19 GB after setup. At least the device offers biometric unlocking via the fingerprint sensor on the back and face recognition. The separate headphone output and the rather low SAR value of 0.27 W / kg were also pleasing.
But even among entry-level devices, the 2.4's equipment has a few gaps. In terms of radio traffic, for example, we miss the faster WLAN-ac and NFC. Instead of USB-C, which is now also very popular with inexpensive devices, Nokia also relies on the “classic” micro-USB. Not surprisingly, certified dust and water protection is also absent. At least the workmanship pleases with a pleasant cover and the Google Assistant should not go unmentioned.

Nokia 2.4 in the test: dual camera with room for improvement

The Nokia 2.4 uses a dual architecture for its main camera. It has a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portraits. With these, the background is better differentiated thanks to the second lens and provided with a spatial blur. What the main camera lacks, on the other hand, is an optical image stabilizer, which is often left out in devices in this price range.
The image quality of the recordings is correspondingly less than convincing. Our experts rate it with a 3.9 (sufficient) - in comparison, the photos are simply too poor in detail and less true to color. When it comes to videos, the Nokia also restricts itself to full HD resolution and then only manages 30 frames per second. The front camera has a resolution of 4.9 megapixels and also delivers rather poor results.

Nokia 2.4 in the test: Lasts a long time, charges a long time

The battery of the Nokia 2.4 is 4,500 mAh and stands out in the test as a clear highlight of the budget smartphone. This brings the device to a strong 14:53 hours during online use - the battery life should therefore be sufficient for a normal day without any problems. On the other hand, the charging of the battery is disappointing. Due to the rather weak 5-watt power adapter, our test model needs a full five hours to fully charge - after 30 minutes only 12 percent of the charge is filled.
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Alternative to Nokia 2.4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 64GB

As our current price-performance winner, the Note 8T is not only available for a small surcharge, but also offers clearly better performance and more extensive equipment in the test. This includes a larger memory, NFC, USB-C and WLAN-ac and also has significantly more competent cameras. The LC display is significantly sharper, although the contrasts are comparatively low. With a runtime of 13:28 hours and a significantly shorter charging time of two instead of five hours, we also liked the performance of the battery very much.

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