Nokia’s new phones cost less than R2000

I like big batteries and I cannot lie

Nokia C1

Nokia’s got a winning formula when it comes to bringing well made, low-cost handsets to the market and connecting people – the company’s ethos since the dawn of time – and the new C1 and 2.3 are no different.

According to HMD Global, the company behind the Nokia brand, the C1 “is designed to connect your world to endless opportunities and possibilities”.



The handset features a 5.45” display, 1GB RAM and 16GB expandable (up to 64GB) storage. It also packs in a 2500mAh battery, Android 9 Pie (Go edition), 5MP selfie camera and 5MP main camera, and 3G connectivity in a durable polycarbonate body.

As consumers in South Africa look to upgrade from a feature phone to an affordable 3G experience, we wanted to ensure that we offer them a smartphone that offers the same Nokia brand values of quality, reliability and ease of use. We have designed the Nokia C1 as an affordable 3G alternative for these consumers – offering them a combination of a large 5.45” screen and all-day battery life,” says Shaun Durandt, GM for Southern Africa at HMD Global.

Nokia 2.3

The Nokia 2.3. features a large 6.2” HD+ screen and 4000mAh battery. It also comes Android 10 ready, meaning guaranteed monthly security and OS updates for three years and OS updates for two years to ensure that your investment is future-proofed.

The phone features a 13MP/2MP dual-camera and comes with ‘Recommended Shot’, a brand-new feature on the Nokia, which helps you choose the best picture. Recommended Shot’ automatically captures alternate images before and after the shutter button is pressed and suggests the best one.  With even more AI-powered features such as ‘Portrait Mode’ and low-light imaging, you can capture creative images in a variety of settings. ‘Portrait Mode’, elevates your subject and subtly blurs the background, resulting in stunning portraits that pop. Simply use Google Photos to adjust the blur after you take the shot. 

Consumers the world over have really appreciated the Nokia 2 family of products. The Nokia 2.3 is a step forward in our promise of offering you an experience that stays fresh longer – giving consumers access to two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates even in the affordable price tier. On top, it offers industry leading AI for this segment, large screen and our signature promise of two-day battery life – making it the ideal pick for those who rely on their smartphone as their primary screen,” adds Shaun.

Whether you are a first-time smartphone buyer or looking for reliability and security, stay connected with family and friends with the Nokia C1 or Nokia 2.3 now available from your closest retailer.

The Nokia C1 is available in black and red from South African retailers supporting the MTN network and retails at R999.  The Nokia 2.3 is available in Cyan Green and Charcoal and retails from R1999.