Nokia is shaking things up a bit. Its parent company, HMD Global, has announced a total of six new Nokia-branded handsets across three news series of smartphones, with two devices in each series. The new phones will replace Nokia’s current budget slate and set the stage for future Nokia phone series’ that push to the high end. These announcements accompany the company’s new MVNO, which it is launching in the UK
The lowest series is called the C-Series, and its phones will be up to around $ 130. Then there is the G-series, which will have phones between about $ 110 and $ 300. Last but not least is the X-Series, which will have more than $ 250 phones. Safe to say, none of these are really high end phones.
A quick rundown of each of the new phones can be found below, but if you’re interested in purchasing, you may need to wait a bit – Nokia has yet to get the final US pricing and availability for those phones Announcement, and it is likely that not all of these will be available in all markets. However we have UK prices and availability.
The Nokia C-Series is the lowest of Nokia’s new phones, and so far has two devices – the Nokia C10 and Nokia 20 T20. Here’s a look at each.
The Nokia C10 is Nokia’s cheapest device, and aims to provide a solid experience for those who want to spend as little as possible on a smartphone. The device features a Unisoc SC7331e processor, coupled with 1GB or 2GB of RAM – so the device is not expected to be beyond the very original use. You will get 16GB or 32GB of storage, which should be enough for most users of such phones. Thankfully there is a microSD card slot to expand that storage.
At the front, the display sits at 6.5 inches with 720p resolution, and has a teardrop notch at the top. Both rear-facing and front-facing cameras are 5-megapixels, and when they take pictures, don’t expect those photos to be great. Powering it is a 3,000mAh battery, which is charged via a microUSB port at the bottom.
The phone runs on Android 11 Go, and Nokia says it will get a two-year upgrade. It is not clear where the phone will launch yet, but HMD Global says it will not reach the UK.
The Nokia C20 is a minor step up from the C10, although a major upgrade is not expected. The device has a slightly higher power chipset in the Unisoc SC9863a processor, again paired with 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Then, you will get 16GB or 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot to expand on that storage.
The battery, camera, and display on the phone are the same as the C10, although the camera on the C20 supports HDR photography. The device also has a microUSB port, and the battery is removable.
Like the C10, the C20 comes with Android 11 Go, a two-year promised upgrade. By now we know that it will launch in the UK in early June through three networks, and will cost 79 British pounds, or around $ 108.
The Nokia G-series aims to offer a more powerful chipset and a full version of Android than the C-series. The G-Series has two devices, including the G10 and G20.
Nokia swaps the ultra low-end Unisoc processor in favor of the G-Series MediaTek chipset. On the Nokia G10, you will get a MediaTek G25 processor, coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. This is a notable move from the C-series phones and should make for a smoother, faster experience.
The phone also has more premium features. In particular, you will find a triple camera system at the rear, with a 13-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel deep camera. Powering it is a heavy 5,050mAh battery, which is charged via a USB-C port at the bottom of the device. The phone also has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which can come in handy, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Nokia G10 retains the same design as the C-series phones, which feature an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. This display is a 6.5-inch 720p display like a C-series phone. The G10 ships with Android 11, promising a two-year upgrade. The G10 will end in the UK in April for 110 pounds, or about $ 151.
Next up is the Nokia G20, which again, gets a slight performance bump. The device has a MediaTek G35 processor, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, which should be enough for most.
On the back of the device, the camera again becomes more versatile. On the Nokia G20, you’ll find a quad-camera system with a 48-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultravide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. On top of that, the device has the same impressive 5,050mAh battery and the same 6.5-inch display with 720p resolution. Other features include a Google Assistant button and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Nokia G20 ships with Android 11 to receive a two-year update, and will launch in the UK in May at 130 pounds, which is around 179.
The highest end of Nokia’s new phone series is the Nokia X-Series, although the X-Series devices are superior to other new Nokia phones, they are definitely budget handsets.
The Nokia X10 is one of two new devices to feature Qualcomm chipsets. The device has a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset, which supports 5G connectivity. It is coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Safe to say, the Nokia X10 should perform better than lower-end Nokia devices.
The camera is also likely to be better. Nokia continues its partnership with Zeiss for the X-Series, and the Zeiss-branded camera on the Nokia X10 is a quad camera. You’ll find a 48-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultravide camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. There is an 8-megapixel selfie cam on the front. Powering it is a 4,470mAh battery.
The display is better on the Nokia X10. You’ll get a 6.67-inch display with 1,080p resolution and a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera instead of the notch. In other words, the Nokia X10 looks a bit more modern than other new Nokia devices.
The Nokia X10 also carries Google Assistant buttons and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and it ships with Android 11. For the X-series, Nokia is promising a three-year upgrade. When released in the UK in June, the price of 6GB / 128GB Nokia X10 will be 250 pounds i.e. around $ 344. The 4GB / 128GB version will be available on only three networks.
Last but not least is the Nokia X20, and it is the best of these new phones. The device has the same Snapdragon 480 processor as the X10, but you will get 6GB or 8GB of RAM with that 128GB of storage.
The camera is a bit advanced on this device. The Zeiss-branded camera has a 64-megapixel main camera, with a 5-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The front-facing camera is 32-megapixels.
Apart from that camera, the Nokia X20 offers the same experience as the Nokia X10. It has the same buttons and sensors, the same battery, and the same Android 11 software, along with three years of advanced upgrades. If purchased in Europe or the UK, HMD Global will add one more year on the standard two-year warranty for a total cover of three years. It is scheduled for release in May, with the 6GB / 128GB variant priced at 300 pounds / $ 412 and the 8GB / 128GB model at 320 pounds / $ 440.