Nokia Mobile bringing new affordable phones to SA
Nokia Mobile announces new entry-level phones in South Africa. The phones that will be available there are the Nokia 02-4G and the Nokia 120 4G. If the names sound familiar, that’s because these phones are the Nokia C02 and Nokia C12, which Nokia Mobile announced globally in the first months of 2023. While the Nokia 02-4G is identical to the Nokia C02, the Nokia 120 4G is available in Charcoal and Mint, unlike the Nokia C12, which is also available in Dark Cyan. The 02-4G is priced at R1299 (€65), while the 120-4G costs €10 more at R1499. Both phones run the GO version of Android 12 and have the same basic features.
The Nokia 120-4G has a better Unisoc SC9863A1 (28nm) CPU, an 8 MP main camera, 5MP selfie, 64GB internal memory, 2 or 3GB RAM, BT 5.2, FM radio and an accelerometer with proximity sensor. The Bot devices are equipped with a 3000 mAh battery that should last a full day. The Nokia 02-4G is for those looking for a slightly smarter feature phone capable of running basic apps, while the 120-4G offers the same but should be a bit more reliable.
While I understand the need for entry-level phones, I really do not understand why these phones need to carry different names. South Africa may be part of the BRICS countries, but it would be perfectly fine to call these phones C12 or C02. I understand the different names for the US phones which have slightly changed hardware or design, but the Nokia 02-4G and 120-4G are most likely the same as C12 and C02 which are sold globally…