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Nokia G21 launches with 6.5-inch 90Hz display, 50MP triple rear cameras

Nokia G21

It's valentine day, yay! To commemorate this special day, HMD Global has announced a new budget smartphone in the European market called G21. The device is here to succeed the G20 that the firm released last year.

The Nokia G21 is an entry-level budget smartphone targeted at basic smartphone users. It is specifically aimed at the low segment of the market and is not made to compete with the mid, flagships, and their killers out there.

It features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (1600x720) resolution and 400 nits brightness. Its 81.6% screen-to-body is not fantastic, with the large bottom bezel taking a big chump of the percentage. However, the screen refresh rate is decent at 90Hz.

The Nokia G21 does not have variable refresh rate but a static one, so you'll have to chose between 60Hz or 90Hz under the display settings. The power usage of the two will be different with 90Hz drawing more power from the battery, but this should not be much of a concern.

HMD Global revealed that the 5,050mAh battery that comes with the smartphone can last for three day. In real world, sure, it may be more or not up to that, but two days battery life is guaranteed at least. A 10W charger is included in the box, although 18W fast charging is supported.

The processor that powered the Nokia G21 is Unisoc T606, which runs at 1.6GHz. This chipset is 12nm and it have two Cortex A75 cores and six Cortex A55 cores, which shouldn't be too demanding and power-hungry. It's not a flagship chipset or one of the best out there, but it will do well.

Coupled with the processor is Mali-G57 MC2 for graphics, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. There is also 128GB storage version for the people that desire more. A microSD slot is provided to expand the storage up to 512GB.

Moreover, the smartphone have dedicated dual SIM slot with dual standby support. Since the processor does not support 5G, the Nokia G21 only offers 4G VoLTE connectivity.

In photography, the device sports triple rear-facing cameras - the main (or primary) camera has a 50MP senor, which is a bit of an upgrade compared to the 48MP sensor on its predecessor.

However, the G21 does not have any ultra-wide angle camera, but instead settle for 2MP depth and macro cameras, unlike the Nokia G20. There is an 8MP selfie at the front tucked inside the waterdrop notch above the display. None of the cameras can record 4k videos.

As usual, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor is present for biometrics, while it also includes a 3.5mm audio jack. Other connectivity available are Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual band), 3G, GPS, NFC (region dependent), FM radio, and USB Type-C.

The smartphone boots Android 11 out-of-the-box. Notably, it will be getting two OS upgrades and three years security patches. Price starts at €170. Interested buyers will be able to pick one in either Dusk or Nordie Blue colors when sales begin.

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