HMD Global has announced a new smartphone in the Nokia G-Series called the Nokia G21 which is the successor to last year's Nokia G20. The new smartphone doesn't feature major upgrades when compared to its predecessor but it comes with an improved refresh rate, processor, and battery life.
The Nokia G21 smartphone features the same 6.5-inch HD+ V-notch display with 1600 x 720 pixel resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. Instead of the 60Hz refresh rate the G20 was launched with, it boasts a 90Hz refresh rate— a first for the G-Series.
It is powered by the 12nm Unisoc T606 chipset, a major upgrade on its predecessor's Helio G35. The Nokia G21 smartphone also packs a 4GB RAM with 64GB/128GB internal storage that can be expanded via microSD.
At its rear, it features a triple-camera set-up that includes a 50MP main camera (unlike the 48MP in G20) accompanied by a 2MP depth and Macro sensors. It is worth noting that the Nokia G21 completely misses out on the 5MP ultra-wide camera its predecessor came with.
Furthermore, it comes with a night mode and Super Resolution features that enhances the quality and detail of captured images. It also houses an 8MP front-facing camera in a water-drop notch.
In terms of connectivity, it offers Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou, USB Type-C, and NFC (optional). It runs on Android 11 out of the box but HMD promises it will receive two upgrades to its OS; Android 12 & 13.
Finally, the biggest upgrade on the Nokia G21 is its battery life. Though it packs the same 5,050mAh battery (but with 18W fast charging support) its predecessor did, the Nokia G21 is set to run for three whole days per one full charge according to HMD. The company improved the power modes, increasing the first level of power saving to begin at 20% rather than 10% while the second level begins at 10%. These power modes are what ensures that the smartphone can last that long before the battery runs out.
Nokia G21 Specifications
|Display||6.5-inch (1600 x 720 pixels) HD+ 20:9 V-notch display with 90Hz refresh rate|
|Processor||1.6GHz Octa Core Unisoc T606 ( 6x Cortex-A55 and 2x Cortex-A75 cores) 12nm processor with Mali G57 MP1 GPU|
|Storage||4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memory with microSD|
|Operating System||Android 11|
|SIM||Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)|
|Rear Camera||50MP rear camera, LED flash, 2MP depth, 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture,|
|Front Camera||8MP front-facing camera|
|Fingerprint||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC (optional)|
|Dimensions||164.6 x 75.9 x 8.5mm; Weight: 190g|
|Audio||3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio|
|Battery||5050mAh battery with support for 18W charging|
The Nokia G21 comes in Nordic Blue and Dusk color options, and will roll out in Europe soon, at a retail price of €170 (US$ 192 / Rs. 14,530 approx.).