HMD Global Announced Some Interesting Nokia Devices, But That Subscription Thing Is Sus

Here’s what we know about the Nokia X30 5G, G60 5G, and C31 smartphones, the Nokia T21 tablet, and the Circular subscription.

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HMD Global, the folks that make Nokia phones, recently announced Circular (a device sustainability subscription) along with four new devices (one of which is a tablet), and a couple of audio accessories.

The Top Of The Line — Nokia X30 5G 

Its frame is made with 100% recycled aluminium and its plastic back is made of 65% recycled, the Nokia X30 5G, as HMD puts it, is their “most eco-friendly smartphone”.

Even its box is 100% FSC-certified and uses 70% recycled paper box.

But how about the phone itself any good? HMD says the Nokia X30 5G has a 50MP PureView camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and AI. Standard stuff for a mid-range device.

The camera is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+, which would be nice on the display as well.

Speaking of displays, the Nokia X30 5G has a 6.43-in PureDisplay.

The Middle Range — Nokia G60 5G

This all plastic device has a back that is made out of 100% recycled plastic and a frame that is made out of 60% recycled plastic. 

The Nokia G60 5G also promises three years of Android upgrades, three years of monthly security updates, and an extended three-year warranty at no extra cost, a first time for the series. 

Its face is a 6.58-inch FHD+ 120Hz display and its eyes is a 50MP AI triple camera.

The One That Will Outlast Them All — Nokia C31

The most affordable phone of the three is not to be underestimated..

The Nokia C31 has a 6.7-inch HD+ display and a battery that could last up to three days.

Of course, it comes with Android 12, a triple rear camera and a selfie camera that is powered by Camera by Google.

The Nokia C31 also has improved protection with dust and moisture resistance (IP52). An excellent feature at its price point. 

On the software side, it gets two years of regular security updates.

A Tablet For A Family — Nokia T21

Unlike the phones, the Nokia T21 has an aluminium (no mention of recycled metal) body that features a 60% recycled plastic cover for the antenna which makes it tough.

Like the C31 it has two years of Android upgrades but up to three years of monthly security updates. 

It also has HD video streaming, voice calling, and NFC payment capability. All improvements from its predecessor.

The NFC  feature could be used by businesses for payments and to scan NFC tags, while Second Screen will allow you to expand and control your Windows PC. 

Of course it also supports active pens for creative types. 

Two New Nokia Audio Accessories

First, the new, fully waterproof Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker 2 comes with a 100% recycled outer design and a whopping 22-hour battery life.

Second, the new Nokia Clarity Earbuds 2 Pro comes in a charging case made with 100% recycled plastic and features Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling.

Pricing and availability

The four new devices will be available in select markets globally starting today. Malaysian pricing Sdn availability to be announced later. 

  • Nokia X30 5G comes in Cloudy Blue or Ice White and is available in 6/128 GB and 8/256 GB memory and storage configurations starting at a global average RRP of 529 EUR (RM2,356)
  • Nokia G60 5G comes in Pure Black or Ice Grey and is available in 4/64 GB, 4/128 GB and 6/128 GB memory and storage configurations starting at global average RRP of 319 EUR (RM1,420)
  • Nokia C31 comes in Mint, Charcoal and Cyan and is available in 3/32 GB, 4/64 GB, and 4/128 GB memory and storage configurations starting at global average RRP of 129 EUR (RM574)
  • Nokia T21 comes in Charcoal Grey and is available in 4/64 GB and 4/128 GB memory and storage configuration in a Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE options starting at global average RRP of 239 EUR (RM1,064)

About That Subscription

We saved this one last because it is not launching in Malaysia just yet. 

The idea behind Circular, to provide Nokia users a way to fund programs to offset the negative environmental impact of Nokia phones in the form of “eco-friendly rewards” and to keep these devices out of landfills by recycling, refurbishing, and donating them or for re-subscription.

In return subscribers get protection from any accidental damage, loss, or theft for their devices and a quick replacement arranged if needed.

The desired effect from Circular is that Nokia customers will keep their devices for longer. 

Circular subscribers will get to choose and change their subscription at any time. It will be launched in the UK and Germany first.

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