HMD International has revealed three new entry-level Nokia smartphones at MWC 2022 in Barcelona, set for launch within the UK and Europe, and once we say ‘entry-level’, we imply it.
The three new Nokia C sequence telephones are mentioned to behave as a bridge between function telephones and smartphones for these but to make the leap, with gentle sensible options and a specific concentrate on sturdiness and battery life.
It’s a distinct segment attraction on the floor however with function telephones nonetheless common among the many older inhabitants – a 2018 survey discovered that 40% of US residents over 65 nonetheless use them – it’s a market rife with alternative.
Nokia C2 Second Version
The brand new vary begins with the moderately oddly named Nokia C2 Second Version.
It’s essentially the most primary of the vary, with options together with a 5.7in FWVGA show (854 x 480), an unnamed 1.5GHz quad-core processor, both 1GB or 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Android 11 Go, however the sturdy construct and detachable 2400mAh battery – a very distinctive function in 2022 – ought to attraction to these coming from function telephones.
There’s additionally a 5Mp digicam on the rear and a 2Mp entrance digicam – each with flash – alongside GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 4G connectivity, and although you gained’t get full Android Go OS updates, house owners can sit up for two years of safety updates.
As you would possibly’ve guessed from the spec, the Nokia C2 Second Version is inexpensive at simply £74.99/€79 (round $89), and it’ll be accessible in two colors at launch in Could.
If the function cellphone convert desires one thing somewhat fancier for his or her first smartphone, the €99 (round £82/$112) Nokia C21 could attraction, and at solely €20 greater than the C2 Second Version, there’s loads of bang on your buck.
The Nokia C21 sports activities a bigger 6.5in show that, at 1600 x 900, is way increased decision than its entry-level sibling. That’s coupled with a boosted 8Mp rear digicam and 5Mp front-facing digicam, full with digicam results together with HDR (excessive dynamic vary), panorama and beautification for primary snaps.
It also needs to carry out marginally higher, utilising the Unisoc SC9863A chipset, alongside 2GB of RAM, whereas the boosted detachable 3000mAh battery ought to hold you going somewhat longer too.
You’ll additionally discover key options, together with 4G connectivity, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it runs Android 11 Go together with two years of safety updates too.
Specs apart, the matte plastic end, silver and blue color choices and Nokia’s signature round digicam cut-out all look nice and assist elevate the general look of this finances smartphone.
UK pricing and availability is but to be confirmed for the Nokia C21.
Nokia C21 Plus
The Nokia C21 Plus sits on the prime of Nokia’s new assortment, however beginning at £99, it’s nonetheless comfortably on the finances finish of the market.
You won’t instantly spot the variations between the C21 and the C21 Plus, each are pretty comparable in some regards, sporting the identical 6.5in HD+ show, Unisoc SC9863A chipset with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 4G connectivity, fingerprint reader, GPS and three.5mm headphone jack, however key specs – together with battery life and digicam – have all been boosted.
The usual C21 Plus packs a bigger non-removable 4000mAh battery that matches many fashionable mid-range smartphones, and when mixed with an HD+ show, Nokia claims it may final two days on a single cost.
If that’s not fairly sufficient on your wants, you’ll be able to go for a mannequin with a boosted 5050mAh battery, that additionally comes bolstered with an elevated 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, for good measure.
The highest-spec mannequin ought to present higher battery life and barely higher efficiency, particularly when switching between apps, whereas the additional storage permits you to obtain extra Android Go apps from the Android Go Play Retailer too. All of it hinges on simply how way more costly the 5050mAh mannequin is, as pricing is but to be confirmed.
Whatever the mannequin you go for, you’ll discover a aggressive 13Mp digicam, plus a supporting 2Mp depth digicam on the rear, full with Portrait mode pictures that’ll routinely blur the background of pictures, whereas holding the principle topic in sharp focus. What’s extra, there are additionally HDR, panorama and beautification results to play with. That’s paired with a 5Mp front-facing digicam for video calls and selfies.
It’s additionally essentially the most sturdy of the vary, providing primary – however formally licensed – IP52 water and mud resistance.
Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia C21 Plus will probably be accessible within the UK from late April, with particular dates but to be confirmed.
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