Nokia, a company that was the center of telephony in the 1990s and early 2000s, was on the verge of disappearing a decade ago due to the incursion of smartphones and Chinese companies. Luckily for everyone, they managed to hang on.
Now the company is dedicated to launching affordable and austere smartphones, ideal for those looking for a simple and reliable smartphone. Just as they launch basic phones for the elderly. This strategy has been the formula for its success.
In that sense, Nokia has just presented its new model, the Nokia G21, which focuses on three fundamental pillars to convince to those who are considering changing their mobile these months, after surprising with the previous Nokia G20.
The main feature of the Nokia G21 is that it can work for three days thanks to its 5,050 mAh battery. HMD has improved its power saving mode, this has allowed the company to enable the first battery saving level at 20% (instead of 10%), and at 10% the second one is activated.
Nokia has also increased the maximum charging speed up to 18 W (compatible with USB PD 3.0). However, the phone only comes with a 10W adapter in the box, so you’ll need to buy a fast charger if you want to take advantage of this feature.
The second big improvement on the G21 is a high-refresh-rate display: a 6.5-inch LCD screen that runs at 90 Hz, a first for the G-series. In addition, the G21 is compatible with Netflix in HD, which is great because the resolution is only 720p+.
If you want that 3-day battery life, you should turn on adaptive display mode so it can go down to 60Hz to save battery life when 90Hz isn’t needed.
Finally, and as a great claim, we have the camera. It has a new 50 Mpx sensor for the main camera with a Super Resolution function, which improves the detail of the captured images. There’s also a night mode.
Alongside that is a 2MP macro camera and a 5MP depth sensor which isn’t much, but better than nothing.
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The Nokia G21 will come with a noticeably more powerful SoC: the Unisoc T606. This 12nm chip has two Cortex-A75 cores and six A55 cores, which is a big jump from the Helio G35 in the Nokia G20, which only had eight A53 cores. The GPU is a Mali G57 MP1.
The G21 is “Android 12 ready,” which is another way of saying that it comes with Android 11 and will be updated later. HMD has ensured that it will receive two operating system updates (Android 12 and 13) and three years of security patches.
The Nokia G21 will be available soon for 170 euros (the G20 was launched at 160 euros). The new model will come in two colors, Nordic Blue and Sunset.