The new phone doesn’t run Google’s latest Android 12 (Go edition) out of the box.
what you need to know
- HMD Global has announced three new Android 11 (Go edition) devices.
- The new Nokia C21 Plus is the brand’s first C-series phone with a metal chassis and IP52 rating.
- The phone will go on sale in select markets “soon.”
Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global has unveiled three new C-series phones at its MWC 2022 event. The company’s latest entry-level lineup includes the C21, C21 Plus and C2 Second Edition.
The Nokia C21 Plus is the company’s most premium Android Go device to date, featuring a metal chassis and a large 6.5-inch HD+ display protected by a “tempered glass cover”. It is powered by the Unisoc SC9863A octa-core chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The phone has a dual-camera setup on the back with a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s a 5MP selfie camera on the front that supports face unlock. Keeping the lights on is a 4,000mAh battery that is said to last up to two days on a single charge.
In some regions, however, HMD Global’s answer to the best Android Go phone will feature a larger 5,050mAh battery. Both variants only support 10W charging speed. Other notable specs include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, IP52 water resistance, Bluetooth 4.2, and FM radio.
HMD Global’s Nokia C21 features a 6.5-inch display with the same HD+ resolution as the Plus model. It also has the exact same chipset, but only with up to 3GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone has a dual-camera setup on the back with an 8MP primary sensor. The vanilla C21 also packs a smaller 3,000mAh battery that only supports 5W charging.
The Nokia C2 Version 2 is the follow-up to the Nokia C2 launched by HMD Global in Q1 2020. Like the new C21 series phones, the C2 Version 2 features a metal chassis, making it more durable than its predecessor. However, the rest of its spec sheet isn’t very impressive.
The phone’s screen is 5.7 inches with a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels. It has a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP selfie camera on the front. Keeping the lights on is a 2,400mAh battery with 5W charging. Under the hood, it has an unnamed quad-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz.
The chipset comes with up to 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. All three phones run Android 11 (Go edition) and promise to receive quarterly security patches for two years. Unfortunately, no information on pricing or availability has been revealed.