Updated 15 February 2022: Nokia unveiled the G11 today, which has most of the same hardware as the recently announced Nokia G21. The G11 has slightly less, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and a downgraded camera setup. It has a 13MP primary sensor, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP macro camera. The new Nokia G11 will be available in Ice Blue, or Charcoal Gray colors for €159 in Europe.
Just a few days after the first rumor spurt up, Nokia has officially unveiled the successor to G20 called Nokia G21. The budget smartphone from Nokia comes with improvements in almost every department, from screen to battery to camera. Here's everything you need to know about Nokia G21.
Nokia's G20 was never a premium smartphone with flagship specs, and so isn't the G21. But, it doesn't necessarily mean that Nokia hasn't added something special to this phone. The Nokia G21 comes with a big 5,050 mAh battery. The company claims it can last up to three days on a single charge, and if history has taught us anything, Nokia smartphones can do that.
The charging technology has improved as well. Nokia G21 is now USB PD 3.0 compatible which means the phone can charge at up to 18W. However, Nokia only ships a 10W charger in the box so you may have to spend a little more to take advantage of all those watts. Nokia has added some smart power-saving modes as well. The phone now enters power-saving mode at 20% battery and then the second level of power-saving mode at 10% to further extend the battery life.
On the front of the smartphone is a big 6.5-inch 720p+ resolution display. This is the first G-series smartphone to feature a display that is capable of going up to a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone also comes with an adaptive display mode that drops the refresh rate to 60Hz to save battery life. This is also the first G-series smartphone that can stream Netflix in HD.
On the back of the Nokia G21 is its triple-camera setup. This setup includes a 50MP 'AI' primary camera sensor, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. Nokia has dropped the 5MP ultra-wide camera from the G20. Nonetheless, the main camera sensor comes with a lot of improvements. There's a Super Resolution mode that enhances the details of the captured image. Nokia has added a dedicated 'Night Mode' as well.
Powering the Nokia G21 is a Unisoc T606 processor. This is a 12nm node process-based octa-core chipset that comes with two Cortex-A75 cores and six A55 cores. On paper, this chipset sounds better than the Helio G35 used in G20. GPU of the Unisoc T606 is the Mali G57 MP1. This chipset is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of onboard storage. There is a microSD card storage expansion slot as well.
The phone is 4G LTE only. There's no support for 5G. It runs on Android 11 for now. Nokia says it will provide two major Android OS updates for the G21, which could mean Android 12 and Android 13. It'll also receive three years of security patches. Nokia says the G21 will come with Spotify and ExpressVPN (30-day free trial) pre-installed. Nokia G21 will be available in two colors: Nordic Blue and Dusk. The smartphone has been priced at €170 in Europe. There's no exact date of availability as such but Nokia says it will be "available soon".
Nokia G21 Specs
|Display||6.5-inch, LCD, 90Hz, 720p+|
|Graphics||Mali G57 MP1|
|Rear Camera 1||50MP|
|Rear Camera 2||2MP macro|
|Rear Camera 3||2MP depth sensor|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock, Pin, Pattern, Password|
|Connectivity||4G, No 5G|
|Operating System||Android 11|
|Audio||Speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Charging tech||18W wired (USB PD 3.0), no wireless|
|Colors||Nordic Blue, Nordic Dusk|
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