Comes with sustainability options. Specs are also not that bad this time and it uses a punch-hole too!
Nokia is a company that is popular within the Android Space for its tight security and fresh stock Android. Loyal to the Android One program, the company’s main strength is the longevity of its phones, something that started with the Nokia 3310 in terms of trend. While their phones are more expensive than their Chinese counterparts, you can at least be assured that your phone would be a good investment in the long run thanks to the timely updates.
The company has showcased two phones at today’s IFA event. These are the X30 5G and G60 5G. They are phones made with recyclable materials and would you look at that, a punch-hole! That’s such a niche for Nokia.
Nokia X30 5G
The Nokia X30 5G boasts a few things. These include the 100% recycled aluminium back and frame, 65% recycled plastic, and an AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint reader, 90Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection that’s usually only reserved for higher-end flagships.
To expand, the screen is a 6.43in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) AMOLED with 90Hz refresh rate and CG Glass Victus. It uses a punch-hole which we haven’t seen for a bit of time with Nokia’s handsets. It also does not feature the “Nokia” logo at its front end. It is also quite rare to see AMOLED for Nokia since they haven’t used this type of display since the infamous Nokia 9 PureView.
It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset with 5G capabilities. This is paired with a choice between 6 or 8GB RAM and either 128 or 256GB internal storage. It can be further be expanded via a MicroSD card. It also features a 3.5mm jack, USB-C, and even an IR blaster! It’s truly a multi-function phone.
Speaking of the USB-C port, the phone comes with a 4200mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The latter is also a novelty for Nokia, considering the company is complacent with either 15 or 18W charging speeds.
There are only two cameras at the back but these are functional and don’t look gimmicky in the spec sheet. The main camera is a 50MP camera with OIS and the other camera is a 13MP ultrawide module. The front camera is located at the top center of the display and has a resolution of 16MP.
The other main featurette of this phone is Nokia’s “3-3-3 promise” strategy. This strategy stands for 3 years of major Android upgrades (From Android 12 to Android 15), 3 years of security updates, and 3 years of warranty. Nokia’s philosophy is always about longevity and security which you could rarely find on any other smartphone.
Another rare feature (for a midranger) that’s available here is the IP67-rated resistance. In terms of connectivity, 5G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, and a Dual Nano-SIM cards with options for e-SIMs, are available. It comes in Cloudy Blue or Ice White colourways.
Nokia G60 5G
The G60 5G is the more typical Nokia budget phone. Like the X30 5G, this phone boasts recycled materials for its body.
It features a similarly-sized 6.58″ FHD+ (2400x1080px) screen although now it uses IPS LCD. To compensate, the phone has a faster 120Hz refresh rate. Because of the IPS LCD screen, the fingerprint sensor is now embedded on the side and also it uses a waterdrop notch instead of a punch hole. The Nokia logo which is commonly seen on many of HMD’s handsets is absent. The protection used here is the slightly older Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Having protection is better than having none at all. It’s always a best bet to use protection to prevent accidents.
There are three cameras although they are weaker and far less functional than the X30’s. The main camera is still 50MP although it is smaller (1/2.67″ vs 1/1.57″) and lacks OIS, the ultrawide sensor only has 5MP resolution which can result in pixelated images, and finally, the third camera is the useless 2MP depth sensor. The 8MP front camera is also visible, rightfully located on the waterdrop notch.
The battery is slightly bigger (4500mAh vs 4200mAh) but it has a slower 20W PD charging. Depending where you’re from, you may or may not get the 20W charger.
There is a hybrid slot available with the phone. This means you can fit two SIM Cards or a single SIM Card+MicroSD card combo. It also has a headphone jack, USB-C port, and 5G capabilities. The phone is IP52 rated which means the phone will definitely pass out when you immerse or accidentally drop it in water, unlike the X30.
Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, and NFC. Like the X30, it also uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset paired with 4 or 6GB RAM and either 64 or 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage.
Like most phones from Nokia’s portfolios, expect timely security updates and major Android upgrades for the G60. It comes in White and Black colours.
As these phones are intended for better sustainability, Nokia also announced its Circular Subscription service. This service encourages users to keep their phones for longer. This is also a new method for selecting and purchasing certain Nokia phones and tablets.
If a user ends up losing or breaking their phone or tablet, Nokia will replace it free of charge. When the device is no longer usable or the user doesn’t want it anymore, they can send it back to HMD so that they can either donate, sell, or repair it if applicable. If not, the phone will be scrapped and its parts would be used to make other devices and peripherals.
Both the phones and its Circular Subscription program are first available in the UK and Germany. Nokia is yet to announce any more markets available for these phones. The Nokia G60 5G is now ready for pre-orders and it starts at EUR 320 (~Php 18.1K)