Nokia G11 & G21 presented: Is that already middle class?

Nokia G11 & G21 presented: Is that already middle class?

Nokia G21 Lifestyle Picture
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With the new Nokia G11 and Nokia G21 smartphones, HMD wants to attack the competitive mid-range market. At first glance, a long update guarantee and prices starting at 159 dollars look promising. But can smartphones compete with devices like the recently launched Redmi Note 11 this year?

  • Nokia released two new smartphones on February 14, 2022
  • Smartphones look particularly exciting when it comes to battery life and longevity
  • G11 is available for 159 dollars and G21 for 189 dollars 

Nokia has released two new smartphones for Valentine’s Day . The Nokia G11 and the Nokia G21 are intended as mid-range smartphones, but Nokia should be hitting the ground running here. Because apart from a large battery and a low price, the cell phones do not seem to be serious competition for smartphones under 200 dollars

In terms of design, the manufacturer didn’t dare. Both smartphones offer a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. There is a triple camera on the back, which sits on a small camera hump. Both smartphones offer rounded corners and have a waterdrop notch on the display. With clear screen edges and LC displays, the smartphones look a bit out of date.

Should we be jumping to conclusions?

The answer to this question is relatively clear – Yes! In addition to the design, the technology in Nokia smartphones also seems largely outdated. Both variants appear with the Unisoc T606 processor – a decision that HMD Global justified with better availability  when presenting the Nokia T20 . The G11 has 3 gigabytes of RAM and just 32 gigabytes of internal memory. After all, the Nokia G21 manages 4 gigabytes of RAM and can shine with 128 gigabytes of internal memory – but my old Huawei P30 Lite achieves similar performance. By the way, you can expand the memory with a micro SD – a plus point. However, you have to do without 5G on both models.

The previously mentioned triple camera system is different for both models. The Nokia G11 has a 13 megapixel main camera and two additional sensors, each with 2 megapixels. The manufacturer has installed a 50 megapixel main lens in the G21, but the other sensors are also limited to 2 megapixels. The selfie camera in both models has a resolution of 8 megapixels. 

Plus point: battery life & service life!

However, Nokia’s arguments for the two smartphones are longevity and battery life. A 5,050 mAh battery is used in both models, which can be recharged using a 10 watt charging cable. With this, Nokia wants to achieve long runtimes of up to three days, which can be extended by up to four hours with the super battery-saving mode.

The devices are factory-equipped with Android 11, but should get Android 12 as soon as possible . In the press release, Nokia promises three years of security updates and two major Android updates for the new models. It is therefore unfortunate that the devices do not come with Android 12 from the factory – if you get the update to Android 13 this year, it will be over.

Prices and availability

The Nokia G11 goes on sale today in the colors Ice and Charcoal for 159 dollars. You pay 189 dollars for the Nokia G21 with more storage space and an improved camera – you have to choose between the colors Nordic Blue and Dusk. Incidentally, Nokia is releasing the new Redmi Note 11 series just a few days before the local launch in US.

On February 17, 2022, we will find out how expensive the smartphones that are expected to raise the bar in the middle class this year will be. We’ll tell you what the new Note 11 series has to offer in the linked news.

What do you think of the new smartphones? Do you think the battery life attracts buyers? Let us know in the comments!


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