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Nokia’s biggest phone launch introduces 6 new phones, built to last

HMD Global has announced two budget phones, two mid-rangers and two higher-end ones, which are named the Nokia C10 and C20, Nokia G10 and G20 and Nokia X10 and X20 respectively.

Each of these is targeting a different demographic. But what all 6 phones share, according to Nokia, is that they’re built to last and follow a philosophy that goes against planned obsolescence, instead looking to provide reliable, long-term service to their users.

In a press statement, HMD Global’s CMO Stephen Taylor shared the following in regards to the company’s philosophy:

Let’s take a look at Nokia’s new 2021 phones and what else they have to offer, starting with the cheapest two and working our way up.

Availability and release dates: TBA, starting June for Nokia C10, April for Nokia C20

The Nokia C10 and C20 focus on delivering a good, basic budget experience, making them perfect as introductory smartphones and particularly suited for the emerging markets.

Starting at just 89 EUR, the Nokia C20 comes with all-day battery life and a promise of two years of software updates. Nokia also says that its new phones are built to last, thus even these affordable options are made out of durable materials and have gone through “rigorous stress testing”, suggesting long-term reliability.

In terms of design, the phones have a 6.5-inch HD+ display, a teardrop notch holding their front camera and a single back camera. Both smartphones have an LED flash for the main camera, although the C20 also has an additional flash for the front-facing camera.

For the specs, the Nokia C10 and C20 are running Android 11 (Go edition), pack up to 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage. Both phones have expandable storage via microSD and both are suited with a 3000 mAh battery.

As can be expected from such low-budget phones, even in 2021 they’re using the older USB 2.0 OTG port. On the positive side, however, they both have a headphone jack, GPS, and support face unlock.

All in all, it’s easy to imagine the Nokia C series becoming some of the most successful, widely-adopted budget phones of 2021.

Nokia G10 and Nokia G20

Prices: Starting at 139 EUR for Nokia G10, 159 EUR for Nokia G20
Availability and release dates: TBA, starting April for Nokia G10, May for Nokia G20

Nokia’s newest mid-rangers, the Nokia G10 and G20 come with a promise of 2 years of Android updates, 3 years of monthly security updates and 3-day battery life, the latter being Nokia’s longest to date.

We’re yet to know their prices in the US, but judging by their European prices, the Nokia G10 and G20 will be quite affordable, especially considering their promised long-term support.

The G10 has 3GB and 4GB of RAM versions, while the G20 will only be available with 4GB of RAM. Their storage options start at 32GB and end at 128GB. In addition, both phones support expandable storage via microSD. The Nokia G10 is powered by the MediaTek G25 processor, while the G20 uses the MediaTek G35.

The Nokia G10 and Nokia G20 share a 6.5-inch HD+ display, bloat-free Android 11, 5050 mAh batteries and a modern 2021 design.

Nokia X10 and Nokia X20

Price: Starting at 309 EUR for Nokia X10, 349 EUR for Nokia X20
Availability and release dates: TBA, starting June for Nokia X10, May for Nokia X20

Nokia’s higher-end X10 and X20 both have 5G, as they’re powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor. Both phones sport up to 6GB of RAM and offer up to 128GB of storage, which is once again expandable via microSD.

With these two, Nokia promises 3 years of Android updates, meaning up to Android 14. The X10 and X20 also come with 3 years of security updates and a 3-year warranty, making them the company’s most futureproof smartphones to date.

The Nokia X10 has a 48-megapixel main camera, while the Nokia X20 has a 64-megapixel one. Both additionally sport a 5MP ultra wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. It’s noteworthy that the Nokia X series’ cameras use ZEISS optics, plus the X20’s front camera is a 32-megapixel one, suggesting good selfies.

The phones’ displays are 6.67 inches, Full HD+, and house the punch hole front camera at the top. Both phones also share the same battery capacity – 4470 mAh.

Keeping up with the trends, good or bad, the Nokia X smartphones won’t come with a charger in the EU, but Nokia says to be adding value back by including a 100% compostable phone case in the box. Despite not having a charging brick, the phones will still come with a charging cable, though.

And, according to the company, revenue from chargers purchased from Nokia’s website will be going to the Clear Rivers charity, which focuses on clearing plastic waste out of international waters.


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