• HMD released the budget-focused Nokia 2 in October for $99.
  • It hit the US just a month later in November.
  • It currently runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat but has now been confirmed for an update to Android 8.1 Oreo.


Nokia 2, HMD Global’s budget Android offering, was released just a couple months ago and as such, it seems reasonable to conclude that the phone would receive an OS upgrade in due time.

Nokia 2 is currently running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas confirmed that the phone will receive Android 8.1 Oreo on Twitter.

Nokia 2 comes with 1 GB of RAM, and as such, Sarvikas emphasized the benefits that low RAM devices will receive with Android 8.1, which will include optimizations developed for Android Go. Nokia 2 was originally planned to be updated directly to Android 8.0, but will now directly be updated to 8.1 to take advantage of improved memory management.

The Nokia 2 launched in late October, with a US expansion in November, and it’s available at Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H. While it’s certainly not the cream of the crop performance wise, its entry-level price sets it apart from other devices. It features an aforementioned 1 gigabyte of RAM, as well as a Qualcomm 212 processor and a 720p LCD display. Overall, it features pretty respectable specs for a $100 device.

Read: Android 8 Oreo update – When will I get it?

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