The Nokia G20 successor has arrived, with enhancements to the battery, screen, and camera. No, the changes aren’t going to make your head spin; instead, the company is focusing on practical, dependable designs.
The Nokia G21’s outstanding feature is its capacity to run for three days between charges because to its 5,050 mAh battery. HMD improved its power-saving modes and made them less restrictive. This enables the business to enable the first level of battery saving at 20% (rather than 10%), with the second level of power saving available at 10% to increase battery life even more.
It’s worth noting that the original G20 had a 5,050 mAh battery and a 3-day battery life guarantee. The maximum charging speed has been increased by HMD to 18W. (USB PD 3.0 compatible). However, the phone only comes with a 10W adaptor, so you’ll need to bring your own charger to get the benefits. Another enhancement is that HMD managed to reduce the phone’s thickness by 5%, from 9.2mm to 8.5mm.
The G21’s second major update is a high-refresh-rate display — a 6.5″ LCD that can run at up to 90Hz, which is a first for the G-series. Another first for the series is the ability to stream Netflix in HD, which is all that is required given the 720p+ quality of the display. If you want the 3-day battery life, you should also set adaptive mode for the display, which allows it to switch to 60 Hz when 90 Hz isn’t required.
Then there’s the camera. The main camera has a new 50MP sensor (the G20 had a 48MP sensor). HMD is keeping quiet on the lens aperture and sensor size, instead emphasizing the Super Resolution feature, which increases the detail of collected photographs. There is also a Night mode. All of this is great, but the G20’s 5MP ultrawide camera is no longer available, leaving only a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Although 5 megapixels wasn’t much, it was better than nothing.
The Nokia G21, on the other hand, has a far more powerful processor, the Unisoc T606. This 12nm chip includes two Cortex-A75 cores and six A55 cores, a significant improvement over the Helio G35’s eight A53 cores (not event A55). A Mali G57 MP1 GPU is used.
A Cat. 4 LTE modem is also included in the chipset. The G-series may already have a 5G offering, but this phone sticks to 4G. In any case, the processor comes with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. You can always add more storage with a microSD card because this is a dual-SIM phone with a triple card slot.
The G21 is “ready for Android 12,” which translates to “ready for Android 11” when it debuts in 2021. It will receive two OS upgrades (Android 12 and 13) and three years of security fixes as part of HMD’s standard software support cycle. HMD claims to release twice the number of security patches as the competition. By the way, the G21 will come pre-loaded with Spotify and ExpressVPN (with a 30-day free trial for the VPN).
The phone has a fingerprint reader on the side, just like before. It also has a new face unlock feature that can recognize you with or without a mask on.
The Nokia G21 will be available for €170 in the near future (the G20 was released for €160). In addition to a 10W charger and USB cord, the new model will be available in two colorways: Nordic Blue and Dusk. A headset, screen protector, and jelly case are also included in some regions. The Clear Case for the G21, meanwhile, is constructed entirely of recycled materials and will be available at Nokia.com.
The Nokia Wired Headphones with 40mm drivers, plush over-ear cushions, and a folding design are compatible with the phone’s 3.5mm headphone port. These will cost $31 and will be available in a wireless version with a 62-hour battery life for $50.
The smaller Nokia Go Earbuds2+, a TWS headset with a 24-hour battery life and an IPX rating (for $40), are also available. A more upscale Nokia Go Earbuds2 pro with low-latency audio compatibility is also on the way (a pair will set you back $45).