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Nokia announces new line of cell phones and sustainable subscription program

Taking advantage of the start of IFA 2022, one of the world’s leading technology fairs, HMD Global announced a series of new features for Nokia. In addition to three new smartphones, a tablet and sound accessories, all developed with the idea of sustainability embraced by the brand in recent years, the company announced an unprecedented subscription program designed to offer a circular economy, less harmful to the environment.

Nokia announces new smartphones

Following with its focus on sustainability, Nokia announced three new smartphones that, according to the brand, would be “the most sustainable” ever launched by the company. The first of them is the Nokia G60 – positioned as a more robust intermediary, the device brings a Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage with the possibility of expansion via Micro SD cards.

Equipped with an IPS LCD panel, the display has 6.58 inches, Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, in addition to a peak brightness of 500 nits and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The area also features a drop-shaped notch to house the 8 MP front camera, accompanied by a triple set of rear lenses, with 50 MP main sensor, 5 MP ultrawide and 2 MP depth assistant.

On the battery side, the G60 is powered by a 4,500 mAh cell, which would deliver up to 800 recharge cycles (800 days of use in the case of performing a 0% to 100% recharge per day) before showing noticeable degradation, and supports 20W fast charging. Completing the package are Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C connection, P2 headphone port, fingerprint scanner on the side, and Android 12 as standard.

The biggest differentials of the Nokia G60 are in the construction and software support: the phone has a black and gray body made of 60% recyclable plastic and will receive 3 major system updates, and should reach Android 15, which would increase the usage time of consumers.

In addition, the device will be the first to ship with Nokia’s new camera app, which brings a cleaner interface and several tricks designed to improve image quality, such as simultaneous image capture from the main and ultrawide lenses to reduce noise and enhance detail, and a new enhanced night mode, Dark Vision.

Debuting alongside the G60 as a more premium intermediate, the company also announced the Nokia X30, smaller and equipped with some more advanced components. The processing is the same, bringing Snapdragon 695 5G, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, curiously without the possibility of expansion via Micro SD cards.

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The most advanced model announced, the Nokia X30 has similar specifications to the G60, but stands out for its 90 Hz AMOLED display, faster charging and more robust cameras (Image: Nokia)

Despite being more compact, the display draws attention for having a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel, with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The panel also brings peak brightness of 700 nits and adopts Gorilla Glass Victus protection, one of the latest versions of the glass common only in high-end phones.

The 16 MP selfie lens is housed in a centralized hole, while the rear array features two sensors – a 50 MP main with optical stabilization (OIS) and 13 MP ultrawide with 123° field of view. In battery, the X30 is modest and brings 4,200 mAh cell, but promises 800 recharge cycles and supports 33 W faster charging, even though the adapter is not included in the box – the company uses the environment as justification.

Completing the package are a body with 100% recycled aluminum sides and a 65% recycled plastic back cover in blue and white, IP67 water and dust resistance certification, USB-C port, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, under-display fingerprint reader, and factory Android 12, with the promise of 3 major updates.

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Powered by the Unisoc 9863A chipset, HD+ display and 5,050 mAh battery, the Nokia C31 debuts as an affordable option in the lineup (Image: Nokia)

The last of the announced smartphones is the Nokia C31, aimed at the entry-level market. The device brings basic specifications that include Unisoc 9863A1 chipset, a slight revision of the chip present in the C21, along with 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, with the possibility of expansion via Micro SD cards up to 256 GB.

The 6.7-inch display is equipped with an HD+ IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels and a 2.5D glass finish, and houses a drop-shaped notch for the 5 MP selfie camera. The rear lens, meanwhile, features three sensors, with a 13 MP main one and a 2 MP dual for macro shots and depth calculation – An interesting point is that, on this model, Nokia has opted to use Google’s standard camera app.

The generous 5,050 mAh battery promises up to 3 days of battery life, while supporting 10 W charging. What’s more, the Nokia C31 ships with Micro USB port, 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, P2 headphone jack, fingerprint scanner on the rear, and Android 12, with 2 years of security updates guaranteed.

Nokia T21 is the new affordable tablet

Another new addition, the Nokia T21 expands the company’s line of tablets with a slightly more refined model compared to its predecessor, the Nokia T20. The launch features the Unisoc T612 chipset, a slightly more powerful version of the T610 present in the previous generation, along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, with the possibility of expansion via Micro SD cards up to 512 GB.

One of the highlights of the device, the 10.4-inch display features a 2K LCD panel, with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, typical brightness of 360 nits and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. In addition, in this generation there is the addition of support for stylus pens in Wacom standards, putting the T21 in a more competitive position against rivals such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.

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Nokia’s new tablet, the Nokia T21 brings refinements to the previous generation, such as a new look, bigger battery and slightly improved processing (Image: Nokia)

Designed for video conferencing and document scanning, the camera suite embarks on an 8 MP rear lens and an 8 MP front-facing one, positioned on the top side when the tablet is horizontal. Promising long battery life, the Nokia T21 comes with an 8,200 mAh battery, which would also achieve 800 recharge cycles while supporting 18W charging.

Other noteworthy specifications include 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, stereo sound system, body with new recycled aluminum and plastic design, face unlock, HD content playback support and Android 12 with 2 years of major updates guaranteed and Google’s dedicated spaces for kids and entertainment.

In addition, the device is Android Entreprise Recommended certified, and is one of Google’s own recommended devices for enterprise use, thanks to its remote management and security features.

Nokia unveils new headset and speaker

Complementing the ecosystem, Nokia also announced a new pair of headphones and a rugged Bluetooth speaker, both built using recyclable materials. With 13mm dynamic drivers, the Nokia Clarity Earbuds 2 Pro promises high sound quality and good durability in a set with high autonomy.

It comes in black and white, is IPX4 certified for water and sweat resistance, and connects to other devices using Bluetooth 5.2. Each capsule features a 60 mAh battery, promising up to 7 hours of continuous playback, while the case ships with a 600 mAh cell, which would provide an additional 28 hours.

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Nokia’s new advanced TWS headset, the Nokia Clarity Buds 2 Pro features 13mm drivers, promise of up to 7 hours of continuous use and ANC (Image: Nokia)

As an advanced solution from Nokia, charging the headphones is done via USB-C port, but there is support for wireless charging in Qi standard, and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Ambient Noise Cancellation (ENC) technologies are present, which significantly reduce external sound during media consumption and eliminate sound interference during calls, respectively.

Featuring a 45mm speaker with 5W power, the Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker 2 is the manufacturer’s new bet for the speaker market. Very compact, just under 8 cm high and 10 cm wide, the accessory is IPX7 certified for water resistance and would provide up to 22 hours of continuous use, thanks to its 1,200 mAh battery.

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The Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker 2 stands out for its IPX7 recycled material construction and sound system with 45mm drivers (Image: Nokia)

Connection to cell phones and other devices is via Bluetooth 5.1, with EDR support to boost transfer rates, while charging is done through one of the rear-mounted USB-C ports. Here, gray is the only color option available.

Circular” program is sustainable signature

Nokia’s last big announcement was Circular, a device subscription program that, as the name suggests, is focused on circular economy. This kind of project revolves around sustainability by creating a system whereby the user can purchase a device and return it directly to the manufacturer, seeking to circumvent incorrect disposal and waste.

The company’s initiative includes rewards according to the consumer’s actions, including keeping the purchased cell phone for a certain period and returning it, and promises no loyalty – the user will be able to contract or cancel the subscription at any time, at no additional cost. Initially, Nokia will offer 5 models through Circular, 4 of them being the phones and tablet announced today.

The Circular program debuts today in Germany and the UK, and is expected to gradually expand to other regions. The giant has cited intentions to bring the project to Brazil, but has not disclosed pricing expectations or a launch window.

Price and availability

Nokia’s new devices will debut on the global market in the coming weeks, with the following suggested prices:

Nokia G60 – €319 (~$1,620)
Nokia X30 – 529 Euro (~$2,745)
Nokia C31 – 129 euro (~$660)
Nokia T21 – 239 euros (~$1,215)
Nokia Clarity Earbuds 2 Pro – N/A
Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker 2 – Euro 55 (~$280)

Plan values for Circular vary between 12 and 30 euros per month, depending on the contracted device. For Brazil, it is only confirmed the arrival of the Nokia G60 and the Nokia T21 tablet, at least initially, but there is no price forecast at the moment.

Nokia X30: technical specifications

  • Display: 6.43-inch AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixels Full HD+ resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate, 700 nits
  • peak brightness, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 6 GB or 8 GB
  • Internal storage: 128 GB or 256 GB
  • Rear Camera: 50 MP (Main, f/1.8, OIS) + 13 MP (Ultrawide, f/2.4, 123°)
  • Front camera: 16 MP (f/2.4)
  • Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.9 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 185 g
  • Battery: 4,200 mAh with 33 W fast charging
  • Extras: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, fingerprint reader under the screen, mono sound, P2 connector
  • Available colors: blue and white
  • Operating system: Android 12

Nokia G60: technical specifications

  • Display: 6.58-inch IPS LCD, 2400 x 1080 pixels Full HD+ resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits
  • peakbrightness, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 4 GB or 6 GB
  • Internal storage: 64 GB or 128 GB
  • Rear camera: 50 MP (Main, f/1.8) + 5 MP (Ultrawide, f/2.0, 123°) + 2 MP (Deep, f/2.4)
  • Front camera: 8 MP (f/2.0)
  • Dimensions: 165.9 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 190 g
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh with 20 W fast charging
  • Extras: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, fingerprint reader on the side, mono sound, P2 connector
  • Available colors: black and gray
  • Operating system: Android 12

Nokia C31: technical datasheet

  • Display: 6.7-inch LCD, 1600 x 720 pixels HD+ resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Unisoc 9863A1
  • RAM: 3 GB or 4 GB
  • Internal storage: 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP (Main) + 2 MP (Ultrawide) + 2 MP (Deep)
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Weight: N/A
  • Battery: 5,050 mAh with 10 W charging
  • Extras: 4G, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, fingerprint reader on the back, mono sound, P2 connector, FM radio, Micro
  • USB port, Google Camera app
  • Available colors: green
  • Operating system: Android 12

Nokia T21: technical datasheet

  • Display: 10.4-inch LCD, 2K resolution 2000 x 1200 pixels, 60Hz refresh rate, typical brightness 360 nits, stylus support
  • Chipset: Unisoc T612
  • RAM memory: 4 GB
  • Internal storage: 64 GB or 128 GB
  • Rear camera: 8 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Dimensions: 247.5 x 157.3 x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 466 g
  • Battery: 8,200 mAh with 18 W charging
  • Extras: 4G, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, stereo sound with OZO Playback, P2 connector, Google Entertainment
  • Space, Google Kids Space, Android Enterprise Recommended certification
  • Available colors: gray
  • Operating system: Android 12

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