If “a Nokia for everybody” wasn’t the thinking behind today’s Nokia announcement, then why else would HMD Global reveal not one, not two, but six new Nokia smartphones?
The good news is that Nokia smartphone collections should be much easier to understand going forward, following a complete re-brand of Nokia’s slightly confusing numbered system, alongside the announcement of new cheap true wireless earbuds and the reveal of the HMD Mobile phone network set to go live in the UK later this month.
Yep, it’s safe to say the Nokia April 2021 announcement was a doozy – but don’t worry, we outline every single announcement from the product-packed reveal here.
6.5in HD+ display
5Mp front and rear-facing cameras with LED flash
Android 11 Go support
Starts at €75
Let’s start with the entry-level Nokia C-range, specifically the C10 and C20. Starting at just 75 Euros for the C10, the smartphones are Nokia’s bridging point between old feature phones and smartphones for those yet to make the switch.
They’re cheap, just like feature phones, but offer the core pillars of a smartphone including all-day battery life, big displays to enjoy all the apps and games Google Play has to offer and, despite the budget nature, there are two years of security updates to look forward to, too.
More specifically, the entry-level €75 Nokia C10 offers a 6.5in HD+ display – larger than that of the £159 Nokia 5.4 – alongside a 3,000mAh battery and 5Mp snappers on both the front and rear, with an LED flash available on both. That’s not something we’re used to seeing on smartphones at any price.
Where the budget nature shines through is in the processing department, sporting the Unisoc SC7331e chipset with either 1- or 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage. That’s much less RAM than you’ll find from most smartphones, but it comes running Android 11 Go, a version of Android designed for less RAM. The C10 is the only smartphone in Nokia’s new line-up not coming to the UK, likely due to limitations of the ageing 3G connectivity on offer, but the Nokia C20 will be.
The Nokia C20 shares many of the same features as its cheaper sibling, but offers a few upgrades to provide a slightly improved experience. That includes 4G support, up from 3G on the C10, alongside a more powerful SC9863a chipset and HDR support on both the front and rear cameras.
It might not blow most away, but at just £79 from Nokia in the UK at launch in early June, it’ll likely tempt some yet to make the move to smartphones in general.
6.5in HD+ display
Three-day battery life
Mediatek G35 with up to 4GB of RAM
Starts at £109.99
Nokia’s G range brings the “best potential that the industry has to offer” according to HMD Global, offering features that smartphone users care about – like long battery life and two years of Android OS updates – without a premium price tag.
The Nokia G10 offers the same 6.5in HD+ display and V-notch as the C range, which explains the similarity in design, but there are a few key differences under the surface.
The headline feature of the Nokia G10 and G20 alike is the multi-day battery life, with Nokia claiming that the G10’s 5050mAh battery can last up to three days on a single charge. While other phones have larger batteries that don’t last three days, the HD+ resolution and 60Hz refresh rate has the potential to push the G-range over the mark.
There’s also a boost in performance compared to the entry-level range, sporting the Mediatek G35 alongside an increased 3- or 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of expandable storage, although the UK market will only see the entry-level 3GB/32GB combo. There’s also a decent camera offering, pairing a 13Mp snapper with a 2Mp macro lens and a 2Mp depth sensor, and an 8Mp selfie camera.
Interestingly, unlike the budget range, you don’t get an LED flash on the G range – or the X range, for that matter.
The G20 takes things a step further, offering the same large display, three-day battery life and Mediatek G35 as the G10, but with an upgraded 4GB of RAM as standard, either 64- or 128GB of expandable storage and a much-improved camera setup.
The Nokia G20 sees an upgrade to a 48Mp f/1.79 main snapper on the rear, flanked by a 5Mp ultra-wide lens and the same macro and depth sensors as the cheaper model, along with shooting modes like Portrait and Night Mode. It likely won’t stand up to more premium snappers, but given Nokia’s performance in budget camera setups before, we’re holding out hope for a decent experience.
The Nokia G10 is set to be released in the UK at the end of April and will set consumers back £109.99, while those interested in the £129.99 Nokia G20 will have to wait until sometime in May.
Nokia X range
6.7in FHD+ display
Zeiss Optics quad-camera offering
Snapdragon 480 with up to 8GB RAM
Three Android OS upgrades
Starts at £249.99
The Nokia X range is where things start to get interesting, with the X range “pushing the boundaries of what the industry can offer” according to HMD Global. The X range both is and isn’t Nokia’s flagship range in that the X10 and X20 are by far the most capable of Nokia’s offering, but they’re still far from a flagship from the likes of Samsung or Apple.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Nokia X10 is the increased display size compared to the rest of Nokia’s latest offering, sporting a slightly larger 6.67in FHD+ holepunch display, although like the rest of the collection, it’s limited to 60Hz. Given the fact that 90Hz refresh rates are becoming more common on budget phones from the likes of Realme and Xiaomi, and the X range is supposed to offer the very best at a competitive price, it’s disappointing to see Nokia stick to its 60Hz guns.
Refresh rate aside, you’ll find Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 support, USB-C connectivity and a 4470Mah battery with 18W fast charge to keep you topped up.
The Nokia X10, like the X20, offer 5G connectivity as standard, allowing for much-improved downloads on-the-go, due to the inclusion of the 5G-equipped Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 alongside either 4- or 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of expandable storage. While the Snapdragon 480 is a big improvement on cheaper models in Nokia’s range, it’s worth noting that similarly priced models, like the Realme X50 Pro 5G, offer the much more powerful Snapdragon 765G.
Cameras are the focus of the X range, with the X10 offering a quad-camera setup with Zeiss Optics, offering a range of shooting modes alongside the ability to colour grade your shots on-the-fly. In terms of hardware, you’re looking at a similar (if not identical) 48Mp main, 5Mp ultra-wide, a 2Mp macro and a 2Mp depth sensor offering to the Nokia G20, but with Zeiss software this time around.
Those looking for something a little more impressive should consider the Nokia X20. It offers the same core experience as the Nokia X10, but with an upgraded 8GB of RAM and a jump in the camera department too, boasting a 64Mp snapper in place of the 48Mp of the X10, and an improved 32Mp front-facing camera too.
Like the X10, the X20’s camera offering has been developed in conjunction with Zeiss Optics, offering the same shooting modes and colour grading features as the X10 alongside Nokia’s ‘Dual Sight’ multi-cam mode. Also known as a ‘bothie’, you’re able to record from two cameras – either on the front or rear, or both – at the same time and stitch them into a single video, but it’s not the first phone to offer the functionality.
Where Nokia beats just about every other manufacturer is in the longevity of the X range, with Nokia offering a whopping three-year warranty in many countries alongside three years of Android OS upgrades. That should give consumers better peace of mind, knowing that their devices are covered both in terms of software and hardware, for at least three years, and it’s something we’d love to see offered by the likes of Samsung and Apple.
Finally, let’s talk pricing. The Nokia X10 is set to be released in the UK at the beginning of June, and it’ll set you back £249.99 for the 6/64GB combo. The 4/128GB variant is also set to come to the UK via Three, although pricing is yet to be confirmed. The Nokia X20 is due for release a little sooner – sometime in May according to Nokia – costing £299.99 for 6/128GB and £319.99 for the top-end 8/128GB variant.
Nokia Lite Earbuds
As well as a range of smartphones, Nokia revealed the Nokia Lite Earbuds. Like the Nokia collection, the Lite buds have a budget focus, coming to the UK in June at just £29.99.
Offering a true wireless form, complete with small earbuds and a carry/charging case, the earbuds can last six hours, with the case holding an additional 30 hours of charge. That’s longer than the likes of Apple’s AirPods, although admittedly Nokia can’t quite compete in the smarts department.
That said, the Nokia Lite earbuds could be a decent option for those wanting wireless freedom without the associated costs.
HMD Mobile network
Alongside the suite of smartphones and earbuds announced by HMD Global at its Nokia-themed April event, the company revealed its plans to move into the mobile network arena, with plans for the 4G-enabled HMD Mobile network to roll out at the end of April in the UK before coming to other countries in future. An upgrade to 5G is on the cards too, but it won’t be available at launch.
The introduction of the network is intended to cement nokia.com as a one-stop-shop when you want to buy a Nokia, offering not only the handset itself, but the carrier and even insurance all at once, with bundles starting at £6.49 in the UK with unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of 4G connectivity.
We cover the announcement of the HMD Mobile network separately if you want to find out more.
The Tech Advisor team has also discussed the Nokia event on episode 60 of Fast Charge, alongside the reveal of the Lenovo Legion Duel 2 and the announcement that LG is bowing out of the mobile market. You can see what we had to say below: