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HMD debuts rugged 64MP camera Android smartphone with suspiciously familiar specs (and name)

The 'new' XR21. (Source: HMD)
The 'new' XR21. (Source: HMD)
HMD - which now releases smartphones independent of its usual Nokia brand-name - has announced its first-ever rugged smartphone. It pairs a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus-covered 120Hz display with an "AI" main camera and an estimated 2-day battery. However, the novelty is somewhat disrupted by the fact that it is a pretty blatant re-brand of an existing device.

HMD's last own-brand smartphone launch may not have gone exactly to plan; however, it might hope for better with a new device backed to last the course no matter how extreme, as it has been "expertly crafted to handle almost any environment".

We might be the judge of that in the course of a review - were it not for the fact that we have effectively done so already. The HMD XR21 is ostensibly the 2023 Nokia smartphone of the same name, just with different branding.

The 'new' version of the same Snapdragon 695-powered, 6.49-inch display device is still "Made in Europe", albeit with no mention of the 3-year warranty or triple major Android upgrades (or Limited Edition, for that matter).

It is priced at €599.99 (~$649) with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, as opposed to $499.99 for a Nokia XR21 of the same specs and black colorway on Amazon right now. 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-05-14 (Update: 2024-05-14)