HMD Global has introduced six new Nokia smartphones, which are licensed to produce Finnish branded smartphones. The six innovations represent a remarkable shift in the Nokia brand and are perhaps the biggest change to the brand in the past few years. But not because phones offer revolutionary technology: all six innovations belong to the lower or middle class to the extreme, as we certainly cannot expect revolutionary technology.
However, the news falls along three new typical lines. So far, Nokia has simply marked its smartphones with a number (the higher the model is, the better), with a mark after the dot indicating the model’s generation. Now there are C, G, and X model lines instead, and they keep the traditional Nokia strength in the form of a fairly clean Android system and guaranteed system updates, while adding some new features and a certain focus for each model line.
The C-Series phones will be the cheapest, and Nokia boasts good battery life and promises excellent durability, as evidenced by the fact that the phones are said to undergo more rigorous and extensive testing than is common in the industry.
One step higher are the G-Series devices, which promise really impressive battery life (up to 3 days) and are guaranteed for three years of system security updates and two years of OS updates for the new release.
At the top of the new hierarchy is the X Series, which is supposed to provide advanced features and will be its specialty, plus three years of security updates, as well as three years of OS updates in this way. Devices running the current Android 11 could theoretically reach Android 14 in the future.
In these three model lines, Nokia has always introduced two models. The news is called C10, C20, G10, G20, X10 and X20. This always leaves space in the particular series for more equipped smartphones, but last year we saw that Nokia does not fit in the high-end category. After burning it with the luxury 9 PureView and 8 Sirocco, the company hasn’t headed to the upper floors. The company last submitted the flag model two years ago.
5G and a suitable battery
The X10 and X20 models will be more than equipped with support for 5G networks, which should be one of the main attractions of users. Nokia has not announced pricing yet, but due to additional equipment and 5G, we estimate that these should be smartphones at a price between six to seven thousand kronor. Both devices are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor, and in both cases the user gets a 6.67-inch screen with a resolution.
2,400 x 1,080 pixels (it’s an IPS board) and a battery with a solid capacity of 4,470 mAh.
Differences in equipment can be found mainly in the camera array: there are four cameras, and as is often the case with affordable phones, they are superfluous, and the phone will only need a main sensor. Its resolution is 48 megapixels for the X10 and 64 megapixels for the X20. Either way, Nokia prides itself on Zeiss optics.
Then these sensors always complement the 5MP wide-angle camera, the 2MP macro sensor, and others with the same precision for depth of field. Both models will also differ in memory, as the X10 has 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of user memory, and the X20 will provide 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. The microSD card slot is not missing, the phones are two-shot.
Nokia is proud to have removed the charger and headphones from the packaging, claiming the environment. According to the company, the chargers generate excess electrical waste, and in the European Union, users dumped 12,000 tons in 2019 (as that is tied to whether or not the charger is in the package, Nokia didn’t mention that). Users will be able to purchase the charger on the manufacturer’s website, and the proceeds from those sales will go to the account of the Clear Rivers charity, which works to remove plastic waste from international waterways. The environmental focus of novelties should also be supported by the compostable protective cover of the phone supplied as standard in the package.
Price and price again
Other novelties are already showing a clear bet on a low price and an attempt to reach the widest audience possible. The G20 and G10 models differ again only in details, and the basis of the device is a 6.5-inch screen with HD + resolution and a battery with a capacity of 5050 mAh, thanks to which Nokia has promised up to three days. A better model is powered by the MediaTek G35 processor, which is weaker than the MediaTek G25. The Nokia G20 again has four lenses for the camera, the setup is the same as for the X10: 48 megapixels for the main camera, 5 megapixels for the wide-angle camera and two for the macro and bokeh lenses.
The G10 has poorer photo equipment: the main sensor has a resolution of 13 MP, and there are only two 2 MP sensors (macro and bokeh). Either way, the front cameras have a resolution of 8 megapixels. Nokia G10 will be sold with 3 or 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, and the G20 will have 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of user memory. The charger is not missing in the package this time.
The C-Series models run less with equipment. The Nokia C10 has a Unisoc SC7331e processor and 1 or 2 GB of RAM (and 16 or 32 GB of user memory), and the C20 has a SC9863a chipset and the same “boot” memory. That’s why Android 11 GO phones have a lighter and less system-intensive version (that’s why Nokia doesn’t promise updates). The screens are 6.5 inches, HD + resolution, and the cameras are 5 megapixels. Both types have only one sensor on the front and one at the back. The batteries have a capacity of 3000mAh and use an old microUSB connector for charging (charger not included).
Nokia will release the news in interesting colors, the exact launch date and prices are not yet known. Lately, the delay in launching Nokia’s rendered devices has been huge and maybe this time we’ll see news in the near future.