Tech News: HMD reveals six new affordable Nokia smartphones.
HMD first made a name for itself by remaking a classic feature phone and triggering an avalanche of hype in the process. The Finnish company has been diligently churning out Nokia-branded smartphones ever since, but today at an online launch event, HMD was eager to prove it was more than just business. This included removing numeric-only model names and introducing three new smartphone series – the X, G, and C series. And to make connecting even easier, the company is making a final run around its usual partners. of transport by lighting an HMD-branded MVNO in the UK with a global launch to follow.
HMD reselling access to its carrier partners’ wireless networks is as unusual as the strategy changes, but unfortunately, the company’s announcement was pretty clear in detail. At least HMD felt talkative about its new smartphones.
The new Nokia X series phones are the most powerful of the bunch, although we should be clear that neither the X20 nor the X10 are flagship devices: the former will go on sale for around € 349 next month, followed by the X10. to 309 € a. month later. (For what it’s worth, HMD hasn’t ruled out the idea of expanding the X series to include more premium phones in the future, but they’re not ready to talk about the details yet.)
Both devices share a similar base, including Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, a 6.67-inch Full HD + display, 4,470mAh battery, and a headphone jack, but some of their vital specs differ. For example, the X10 comes with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, while the slightly more expensive X20 offers 128GB of storage across the board combined with 6GB or 8 GB of RAM. The biggest differences between the two, however, are the camera settings: the X20 is the clear winner with its 64-megapixel rear camera, which is flanked by a 2-megapixel macro camera, a 5-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. The X10 retains the same additional cameras but instead uses a 48-megapixel sensor as its main camera.
We haven’t had a chance to try any of these phones yet, but HMD’s X-series devices are pretty powerful for the price. That said, these things would be much more interesting if Samsung hadn’t just unveiled a slew of new low-mid-range Galaxy A smartphones this week – the Galaxy A42 5G is the closest competitor to the X10 and X20 and it has. a significantly more powerful Snapdragon 750G chipset.
While the differences between the X10 and X20 are quite subtle, the gap between HMD’s Nokia G10 and G20 is more pronounced. Both have the same 6.5-inch HD + display, but the $ 159 G20 includes a MediaTek G35 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, plus a quad camera with camera main 48-megapixel, 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The € 139 G10 uses a slightly slower G25 chipset combined with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage.
And the cameras? Well, let’s just say you’re better off with the G20 if you buy one – the G10 doesn’t have an ultra-wide sensor and relies on a standard 13-megapixel camera for most of its photos. Luckily, both phones share what may be the G series’ biggest asset: a 5,050mAh HMD battery says it’s good for three days of use. from a single charge.
Finally, there are the Nokia C-series phones from HMD – these are by far the cheapest of the bunch and may be the loudest too. HMD says the $ 89 C20 and $ 75 C10 models “have passed more stringent tests for hardware durability than the industry average.” Both Android Go phones use entry-level Unisoc chipsets and 6.5-inch screens running at 1600 × 720, along with identical 3,000mAh batteries and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras. It’s quite possible that you won’t be able to find both phones for sale at the same time you live, but the extra $ 14 for a C20 will be worth the extra $ 14 if you’re looking for a basic phone, as its 1.6GHz octa chipset. -core should offer a little more power than the C10’s quad-core processor.