After numerous teasers and leaks, Nokia made official this Monday night (26) the Nokia XR20, a more robust version of the X20, considered the “strongest cell phone ever created by the brand”. The company was also surprised with three more heavyweight announcements: the affordable Nokia C30, aimed at the entry-level market, the Nokia 6310, a revitalized classic for this generation, and a completely new line of audio accessories.
XR20 is the brand’s toughest cell phone
The leading model of the launch, the Nokia XR20 brings some important improvements to the set of hardware offered by the X20. The novelty comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, accompanied by 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, with the possibility of an expansion via MicroSD cards of up to 512GB.
The manufacturer highlights the choice of chipset from the Snapdragon 400 family for the level of performance it presents, notably superior to most members of the Snapdragon 600 series. Another reason would be the update cycle, facilitated by the use of the latest platform, according to the company.
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As the teasers had pointed out, the main highlight of the device is its high resistance. In addition to a screen coated with Gorilla Glass Victus glass, a version present only in premium cell phones so far, the Finnish intermediary has a body in “nanotextured 3D polymer”, with military certification MIL-STD-810H for shock and impact resistance, as well as IP68, resistant to water and dust.
The company revealed that it designed the XR20 from research that revealed that the brand’s consumers valued phones that were resistant and could last at least 3 years. Also based on this, Nokia has ensured that the device will receive 3 major Android updates and 4 years of security updates.
In addition to robustness, the highlights are the 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, 550 nits brightness and support for use with wet gloves and hands, the 8 MP front camera, the lenses Dual rears with 48MP main sensor and 13MP ultra-wide with 123° field of view, stereo audio, and extra customizable shortcut button.
In connectivity, the Nokia XR20 also surprises, with its USB-C 3.0 port, P2 connector for headphones, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 with support for the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive high definition codec, as well as NFC.
Rounding out the set, there’s a generous 4,630 mAh battery, with 18 W charging and even support for wireless charging in Qi standard, with a maximum power of 15 W.
C30 is basic with a huge battery
Aimed at the entry-level segment, the Nokia C30 stands out for its generous battery and large proportions screen, allied to an affordable price. The phone has a Unisoc SC9863A processor, even present in competitors like the Motorola Moto E7i Power, accompanied by 2GB or 3GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage, expandable with MicroSD cards of up to 256GB.
One of the main features of the model, the display brings 6.82 inches, with an IPS LCD panel, HD+ resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels, drop notch to house the front camera, and brightness of 400 nits. Powering the set is a 6,000 mAh battery, with a 10 W charge, a capacity that should deliver high autonomy, considering the specifications.
Other highlights include a 5MP front camera, a dual rear lens with a 13MP main sensor and 2MP depth assist, digital player, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, P2 headphone jack, and MicroUSB port. Running Android 11 Go Edition, the device system also promises to collaborate to deliver a good user experience.
6310 is a new version of a classic
Rounding out the mobile phone ads, Nokia announced the return of another classic from the feature phone era. Now modernized, the 6310 is designed for those looking for the basics in a resistant device. The model features a Unisoc 6531F processor, of unknown specifications, with 8 MB of RAM and 18 MB of storage, expandable up to 32 GB via MicroSD cards.
The 2.8-inch screen uses an LCD panel with QVGA resolution, 320 x 240 pixels, and the system is powered by a 1,150 mAh battery which, despite looking small, is enough to keep the phone turned on for up to 21.7 days, according to Nokia.
The device offers FM radio, MP3 Player, flashlight, Wi-Fi, GPS, 0.3 MP camera, support for Dual SIM, and the more nostalgic it has the Snake game installed, besides curiously employing Bluetooth 5.0, which is more advanced than the 4.2 version of the C30. Unfortunately, the operating system is the company’s S30+, which makes it impossible to install apps such as Google Assistant and WhatsApp, present on the rival Kai OS platform.
The new audio line caters to all tastes
Another prominent announcement is the new line of audio accessories, which will consist of four series: Go, for affordable devices; Micro, for more compact models; Comfort, for more balanced headphones with a focus on comfort; and Clarity, for models that employ high quality with the most modern features.
The company unveiled 13 models from the new families, but at the time it highlighted only three of them: the Nokia Clarity Earbuds Pro, the Comfort Buds, and the Go Earbuds+. Starting with the most complete device, Clarity Earbuds Pro hits the market with a design line designed to accompany the XR20, adopting the rubberized finish and the colors of the resistant cell phone.
The accessory promises to deliver great sound quality with 10mm drivers, combined with active noise cancellation (ANC) and electronic noise cancellation (ENC) systems to provide greater user immersion and cleaner voice during calls.
Other than that, there’s also a low-latency gaming mode with 60 ms delay, Bluetooth 5.2, wireless charging, up to 27 hours battery life with ANC, and IPX5 water and sweat resistance certification.
More modest, the Comfort Buds didn’t have many details revealed, with a focus on the accessory’s features. According to Nokia, the device will have a compact case, comfortable design and good attachment to the ears, IPX5 certification, and gesture control. In addition, the connection is made through Bluetooth 5.1, while the autonomy reaches 29 hours of use.
Finally, Go Earbuds+ also promises to deliver comfort and good hold, but with a smaller list of features. Gesture controls have been retained, but the water resistance certification is IPX4 only. Other than that, connectivity is in charge of Bluetooth 5.0, with autonomy reaching 26 hours of use.
Price and availability
The Nokia XR20 arrives with a suggested price that starts at 499 euros, while the Nokia C30 will be sold at prices starting from 99 euros. The Nokia 6310, on the other hand, comes at 40 euros. None of the phones have been released so far, however.
In the audio line, the basic and intermediate headphones Nokia Go Earbuds+ and Nokia Comfort Buds are scheduled to debut in August, with prices of 29 euros and 49 euros respectively. Aimed at the premium segment, Nokia Clarity Earbuds Pro debuts in September, selling for 99 euros.
Nokia XR20: datasheet
- Display: 6.67 inch IPS LCD, 2400 x 1080 pixels Full HD+ resolution, Gorilla Glass Victus, 550 nit brightness
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480
- RAM memory: 4GB or 6GB
- Internal storage: 64GB or 128GB
- Rear Camera: 48MP (Main, f/1.79) + 13MP (Ultra-wide, f/2.4, 123°)
- Front camera: 8 MP (f/2.0)
- Dimensions: 171.64 x 81.5 x 10.64 mm
- Weight: 248 g
- Battery: 4,630 mAh with 18 W fast charge
- Extras: 15W Qi wireless charging, NFC, 5G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, stereo sound, digital player on the side, military MIL-STD-810H certified, IP68 certified, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive, Android Enterprise, connector P2
- Available colors: black and blue
- OS: Android 11
Nokia C30: datasheet
- Display: 6.82-inch IPS LCD, 1600 x 720 pixels HD+ resolution, 400 nits brightness
- Chipset: Unisoc SC9863A
- RAM memory: 2GB or 3GB
- Internal storage: 64GB or 128GB
- Rear Camera: 13 MP (Main) + 2 MP (Depth)
- Front camera: 5 MP
- Dimensions: 177.7 x 79.1 x 9.9 mm
- Weight: 237 g
- Battery: 6,000 mAh with 10 W charging
- Extras: 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, rear digital reader, FM radio, P2 connector, MicroUSB
- Available colors: white and green
- OS: Android 11 Go Edition
Nokia 6310 (2021): technical sheet
- Display: 2.8 inch LCD, 320 x 240 pixels QVGA resolution
- Chipset: Unisoc 6531F
- RAM: 8 MB
- Internal storage: 16MB, expandable to 32GB
- Rear Camera: 0.3 MP (Main)
- Dimensions: 135.5 x 56 x 14.1 mm
- Battery: 1150 mAh
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, MP3 Player, FM radio, P2 connector, MicroUSB
- Available colors: dark green, yellow, black, and light blue
- Operating system: S30+