Nokia G21 was announced just a few days ago, and the budget smartphone from HMD Global is already selling and getting into the hands of users. We have an early hands-on review from Luke Staunton from West Riding in the United Kingdom.
For context, Luke also owns a Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 8.3, and Nokia XR20. Quite the Nokia enthusiast, I’d say. He has graciously shared his Nokia G21 hands-on and first impressions on Twitter and given me permission to reproduce it here on MobilityArena.
Nokia G21 hands-on: Quick specs
Here is a quick rundown of the specs:
- 6.5-inch, 720×1600 pixels, 90Hz, IPS LCD screen
- Android 11 operating system
- 2G, 3G, 4G networks
- Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back
- Unisoc Tiger T606 chipset (12nm), Octa-core, Cortex-A75
- ARM Mali G57 MP1
- 50MP main lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor
- 8MP front Camera
- 4 GB RAM
- 64 GB / 128 GB built-in storage memory options
- Memory card slot (dedicated)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Side-mounted fingerprint reader
- 5050mAh Li-Poly battery
- 18W fast charging (included cable supports up to 10W only). USB Power Delivery 3.0
Nokia G21 hands-on and first impressions by Luke Staunton
And here are Luke’s thoughts so far, without any editing:
- Battery life is excellent, definitely the main selling point
- Performance is surprisingly good in most scenarios
- Feels good in the hand, except for the haptics
- Camera is a potato, but I will try in better lighting conditions
- I can also confirm the camera housing scratches incredibly easily.
The phrase about the camera being a potato means it is a low quality camera.
Luke’s hands-on confirms that Nokia’s marketing of the device as having solid battery life is true blue. And it is good to know that the Tiger processor delivers good performance.
If you are after a phone that works and lasts long on a full charge, and photography is not up on your list, Nokia G21 is looking good.
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