HMD Global is carrying out what it classes as the company’s “biggest launch to date” of new Nokia smartphones, with six Android handsets set to hit the market spread across three distinct series. There’s also some very affordable Nokia-branded earbuds available from today, too
The new phones are split into three series to cater to different market segments. There’s the high-end X-series, intermediate G-series, and entry-level C-series and two handsets per series.
For the high-end user, we have the Nokia X20 and X10 to choose between. HMD describes the X-series as “pushing the boundaries of the mid-range,” with both phones using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform, a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display, Android 11, and the Android One interface. The X20 uses a 32MP front camera and 64MP quad camera on the rear, while the X10 downgrades the rear camera to 48MP. Battery life is rated at two days, and HMD is promising three years of monthly security updates and three years of OS extended warranty.
The Nokia X20 will launch in May in Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue color options and 6GB/128GB or 8GB/128GB RAM and storage configurations. Prices start at 349 euros ($415). The Nokia X10 launches in June in Forest and Snow color options, 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, and 4GB/128GB configurations, and prices start at 309 euros ($370).
The intermediate G-series handsets will be more appealing to many users simply for the promise of three-day battery life. They also share the same three years of monthly security updates the X-series enjoys, but only two years of OS warranty. Even so, you’re getting a couple of phones with 6.5-inch displays and the G20 includes OZO surround audio for enhanced audio on video captures.
The Nokia G20 will launch in May in Night and Glacier color options and 4GB/64GB or 4GB/128GB RAM and storage configurations. Prices start at 159 euros ($190). The Nokia G10 launches this month in Night and Dusk color options, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB configurations, and prices start at 139 euros ($165).
The C-series may be the value proposition, but still offers a 6.5-inch HD+ display and Android 11 Go Edition to ensure a very fast experience. For the C10 in particular, HMD is promising a phone that’s built to last, with “rigorous testing” ensuring it will survive any pocket and probably a few drops, too. Expect all-day battery life from both phones, with two years of quarterly security updates.
The Nokia C20 will launch this month in Sand and Dark Blue color options and 1GB/16GB or 1GB/32GB RAM and storage configurations. Prices start at 89 euros ($105). The Nokia C10 doesn’t launch until June in Light Purple and Grey color options, 1GB/16GB, 1GB/32GB, and 2GB/16GB configurations, and prices start at 75 euros ($89).
Nokia Lite Eabuds
Photo: HMD Global
HMD is also rolling out some very cheap earbuds today in Charcoal or Polar Sea. They are called the Nokia Lite Earbuds and only cost 39 euros ($45). Even so, you’re getting wireless earbuds with enough battery power to last 36 hours if you count the extra six hours the pocket-size case offers. HMD says they’ll have “easy-to-learn touch controls for music, voice assistant and calls.”
For now, HMD isn’t announcing US availability or official pricing, but it looks as though at least some of these new phones will be announced for the US market at a later date.