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Nokia G11 smartphone review - Fast screen in an entry-level phone

Find the difference. The differences between the Nokia G11 and G21 are mainly in the camera and the memory. The price difference is not huge either. Does the cheaper Nokia G11 have a right to exist at all? We want to find out in the test.
Nokia G11
Nokia G11 (G Series)
Processor
UNISOC T606 8 x 1.6 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, 180Hz sampling rate , glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 164.6 x 75.9 ( = 0.33 x 6.48 x 2.99 in)
Battery
5050 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 18 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix contrast-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps/​50Mbps); 0.468 W/kg (head), 1.096 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
160 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
77 %
04/2022
Nokia G11
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
190 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
78.5 %
03/2022
Nokia G21
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
190 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
74.9 %
12/2021
Motorola Moto E20
T606, Mali-G57 MP2
184 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
74.9 %
12/2021
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
205 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and equipment - Plastic case and yet valuable

Nokia's G11 is a very affordable smartphone: The variant with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of mass storage is available for just 160 Euros (~$174). The smartphone looks similar to the Nokia G21 leading the manufacturer to offer the G11 in two exclusive color variants: Charcoal, a sophisticated dark brown, and Ice, a dark turquoise.

The plastic back of the cheaper phone also has a wave pattern, and the shiny metallic camera module looks exactly the same. Size and weight are also identical, so you can call them twin smartphones.

The variant with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of mass storage is only available directly from Nokia in Germany at the time of testing, but it is also sold out here. Both models feature Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC for near-field communication, e.g., for mobile payment services like Google Pay.

The microSD reader can be used in parallel with 2 SIM cards, and it achieves good transfer rates in the tests with our reference card Angelbird V60.

Size comparison

164.8 mm / 6.49 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 184 g0.4057 lbs164.6 mm / 6.48 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs164.6 mm / 6.48 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
  (Angelbird V60)
47.8 MB/s ∼100% +89%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=85, last 2 years)
26.5 MB/s ∼55% +5%
Nokia G11
  (Angelbird V60)
25.3 MB/s ∼53%
Nokia G21
  (Angelbird V60)
20.6 MB/s ∼43% -19%
Motorola Moto E20
  (Angelbird V60)
14.29 MB/s ∼30% -44%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Nokia G11 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø28 (9.9-43.7)
Nokia G21 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø30.5 (12.9-38.6)
Motorola Moto E20 Mali-G57 MP2, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø21.5 (8.36-35.8)
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø32.3 (23.2-38.8)
Nokia G11 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.1 (34.1-83.1)
Nokia G21 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.5 (39.6-81.6)
Motorola Moto E20 Mali-G57 MP2, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø75.7 (45.7-80)
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø50.2 (31.6-54.4)

Communication, software and operation - Reliable WLAN

Since the Nokia G11 also relies on the same SoC as the Nokia G21, there is no 5G reception. The variety of 4G networks is not particularly high either, but it should be sufficient for trips to nearby foreign countries. The smartphone's reception is mediocre in a short random test. It is sufficient for everyday use, but you should be aware that there are phones with much better network stability.

The Nokia phone comes with WiFi 5. In the test with our reference router Asus GT-AXE11000, the smartphone achieved quite stable data rates of around 300 MBit per second, which is absolutely okay for the price range.

Although Android 11 is still preinstalled on our test device, the manufacturer promises two system upgrades and 3 years of security updates, which is quite an announcement for such a cheap phone. Nokia relies on quite pure Android, but you must accept a few third-party advertising apps.

It is great that Nokia provides a 90 Hz screen in this price range, which makes the operation smooth. Face recognition and a fingerprint sensor increase security. Both work reliably and respond quite quickly.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Motorola Moto E20
802.11 b/g/n
95.9 (86min - 101max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
802.11 b/g/n
42.9 (21min - 65max) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 receive AX12
Motorola Moto E20
802.11 b/g/n
80.1 (45min - 94max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
802.11 b/g/n
50.4 (41min - 57max) MBit/s ∼63%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Nokia G21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
339 (328min - 362max) MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Nokia G11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
311 (219min - 345max) MBit/s ∼92%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Nokia G21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
299 (224min - 315max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Nokia G11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
298 (283min - 313max) MBit/s ∼100%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø298 (283-313)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø311 (219-345)

Cameras - Hardly any imaging performance in low light

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

Instead of a 50-megapixel camera like on the more expensive sister model, there is only a 13-megapixel lens on the Nokia G11, which is probably the biggest difference between the two phones. However, the camera in the G21 usually only takes photos with 12 megapixels thanks to pixel binning. The advantage of this approach becomes clear in low light: The Nokia G11 can barely make details visible here and the photos look very dark.

In normal lighting conditions, it becomes visible that a high-quality camera sensor is not installed here: The sharpness in detail leaves much to be desired and there are clearly visible artifacts in large areas, such as the sky in the surrounding image.

Users can record videos in 1080p and 30 fps. The picture quality is also slightly blurry here and the autofocus is not the fastest.

The front-facing camera in Nokia's G11 has a resolution of 8 megapixels and takes pictures that also look a bit blurry, but have quite good dynamics.

Image Comparison

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Main camera PlantMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low Light
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ColorChecker
14.3 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
16 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G11: 10.16 ∆E min: 3.12 - max: 16.1 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.9 ∆E
53.4 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
44.4 ∆E
62.8 ∆E
53 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
41.6 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
65.9 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
76.7 ∆E
42.6 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
83.9 ∆E
69.6 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G11: 46.04 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 83.95 ∆E

Display - 90 Hz and quite bright

The 6.5-inch screen has an expanded 720p resolution, which is common in this class. The panel offers exactly the same measurements as in the Nokia G21, so we can assume they use the same screen. The maximum and average brightness is good and suitable for brighter days outdoors.

We did not measure PWM, but there is a definite blue cast. Colors are sometimes displayed quite inaccurately on Nokia's G11, so you should not try to judge printing colors on the screen.

Nokia's 90 Hz panel is a highlight in this price range. It can also dynamically adjust the refresh rate to the content and thus save energy when necessary.

499
cd/m²
480
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
506
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
496
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 506 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 485.8 cd/m² Minimum: 1.63 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 502 cd/m²
Contrast: 947:1 (Black: 0.53 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.73 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 6.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
95.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.352
Nokia G11
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Nokia G21
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto E20
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
IPS LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
-17%
-25%
-11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 ?(27, 21)
64 ?(31, 33)
-33%
60 ?(31, 29)
-25%
58 ?(31, 27)
-21%
Response Time Black / White *
34 ?(19, 15)
34 ?(17, 17)
-0%
42 ?(25, 17)
-24%
34 ?(17, 17)
-0%
PWM Frequency
367.6 ?(5)
178.6 ?(7)
Screen
1%
18%
15%
Brightness middle
502
492
-2%
403
-20%
446
-11%
Brightness
486
484
0%
374
-23%
423
-13%
Brightness Distribution
89
86
-3%
86
-3%
88
-1%
Black Level *
0.53
0.46
13%
0.25
53%
0.29
45%
Contrast
947
1070
13%
1612
70%
1538
62%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.73
6.02
-5%
4.31
25%
4.94
14%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.72
9.13
-5%
7.11
18%
8.81
-1%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.8
7.1
-4%
5.2
24%
5.1
25%
Gamma
2.352 94%
2.345 94%
2.26 97%
2.145 103%
CCT
8800 74%
8918 73%
7895 82%
7890 82%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -3%
-4% / 10%
2% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21751 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Nokia phone with decent speaker

In terms of power, Nokia's G11 with its SoC Unisoc T606 class-typical values. The 90 Hz screen can increase the perceived speed of the system, but even with lighter loads, such as volume control in more demanding apps, you notice that the phone cannot draw on its full power. The memory is quite slow, but that is also common in the price range.

We measured a maximum temperature of 43.5 °C (110.3 °F) on the underside under prolonged load. That is already noticeable and it could also become unpleasant in warm ambient temperatures.

The small mono speaker at the bottom is pleasing: It does not distort the sound even at maximum volume and does not overemphasize trebles too much, so the sound is quite convincing for the price range. A 3.5 mm port for speakers and headphones is available, as is Bluetooth 5.0. At least aptX HD and LDAC can be used as codecs, but the quite new aptX Adaptive or aptX TWS+ codecs are not available.

The 5,050 mAh battery is dimensioned according to the class and enables good runtimes for Nokia's G11: The phone lasted for more than 18 hours in our WLAN test, so you should be able to survive several days away from a power outlet if you do not put too much strain on the smartphone. Nokia also includes a charger with a maximum power of 18 watts, which takes about 120 minutes to fully charge the battery.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
311 Points ∼46%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
312 Points ∼46% 0%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
273 Points ∼40% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
178 Points ∼26% -43%
Average UNISOC T606
  (273 - 313, n=5)
302 Points ∼44% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=258, last 2 years)
681 Points ∼100% +119%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1113 Points ∼50%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1185 Points ∼53% +6%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
708 Points ∼32% -36%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1087 Points ∼49% -2%
Average UNISOC T606
  (708 - 1185, n=5)
1066 Points ∼48% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=258, last 2 years)
2225 Points ∼100% +100%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
7912 Points ∼78%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
7805 Points ∼77% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
7155 Points ∼70% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5739 Points ∼56% -27%
Average UNISOC T606
  (6721 - 7912, n=4)
7398 Points ∼73% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=149, last 2 years)
10191 Points ∼100% +29%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1434 Points ∼28%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1414 Points ∼28% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
1440 Points ∼28% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1273 Points ∼25% -11%
Average UNISOC T606
  (1414 - 1440, n=3)
1429 Points ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13244, n=227, last 2 years)
5057 Points ∼100% +253%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1266 Points ∼18%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1255 Points ∼17% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
1285 Points ∼18% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1142 Points ∼16% -10%
Average UNISOC T606
  (1255 - 1285, n=3)
1269 Points ∼18% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=227, last 2 years)
7181 Points ∼100% +467%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
2673 Points ∼82%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2546 Points ∼78% -5%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
2489 Points ∼76% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2032 Points ∼62% -24%
Average UNISOC T606
  (2489 - 2673, n=3)
2569 Points ∼79% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=225, last 2 years)
3264 Points ∼100% +22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
962 Points ∼38%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
945 Points ∼37% -2%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
963 Points ∼38% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
863 Points ∼34% -10%
Average UNISOC T606
  (945 - 963, n=4)
956 Points ∼38% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=180, last 2 years)
2534 Points ∼100% +163%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
817 Points ∼31%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
806 Points ∼31% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
823 Points ∼31% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
738 Points ∼28% -10%
Average UNISOC T606
  (806 - 823, n=4)
815 Points ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=179, last 2 years)
2636 Points ∼100% +223%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
2535 Points ∼89%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2379 Points ∼83% -6%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
2389 Points ∼84% -6%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2031 Points ∼71% -20%
Average UNISOC T606
  (2379 - 2535, n=4)
2435 Points ∼85% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=179, last 2 years)
2861 Points ∼100% +13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
969 Points ∼23%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
959 Points ∼23% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
969 Points ∼23% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
867 Points ∼21% -11%
Average UNISOC T606
  (959 - 969, n=4)
965 Points ∼23% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11861, n=234, last 2 years)
4124 Points ∼100% +326%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
820 Points ∼16%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
814 Points ∼16% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
825 Points ∼16% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
736 Points ∼14% -10%
Average UNISOC T606
  (814 - 825, n=4)
819 Points ∼16% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20490, n=234, last 2 years)
5209 Points ∼100% +535%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
2667 Points ∼82%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2559 Points ∼78% -4%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
2484 Points ∼76% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2109 Points ∼65% -21%
Average UNISOC T606
  (2484 - 2667, n=4)
2556 Points ∼78% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=234, last 2 years)
3261 Points ∼100% +22%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
394 Points ∼12%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
397 Points ∼12% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
428 Points ∼13% +9%
Average UNISOC T606
  (394 - 402, n=3)
398 Points ∼12% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=185, last 2 years)
3218 Points ∼100% +717%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
392 Points ∼11%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
393 Points ∼11% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
426 Points ∼12% +9%
Average UNISOC T606
  (392 - 406, n=3)
397 Points ∼11% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=188, last 2 years)
3489 Points ∼100% +790%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
112 Points ∼11%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
111 Points ∼11% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
116 Points ∼11% +4%
Average UNISOC T606
  (111 - 114, n=3)
112.3 Points ∼11% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=143, last 2 years)
1019 Points ∼100% +810%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
109 Points ∼11%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
110 Points ∼11% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
117 Points ∼12% +7%
Average UNISOC T606
  (109 - 110, n=3)
109.3 Points ∼11% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=139, last 2 years)
1006 Points ∼100% +823%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
9.6 fps ∼33%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
9.5 fps ∼32% -1%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
9.6 fps ∼33% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
11 fps ∼37% +15%
Average UNISOC T606
  (9.5 - 9.9, n=4)
9.65 fps ∼33% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 104, n=254, last 2 years)
29.4 fps ∼100% +206%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
5.3 fps ∼15%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.2 fps ∼15% -2%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
5.2 fps ∼15% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.2 fps ∼18% +17%
Average UNISOC T606
  (1.9 - 5.3, n=4)
4.4 fps ∼13% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=255, last 2 years)
35.1 fps ∼100% +562%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
6 fps ∼29%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6 fps ∼29% 0%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
6.1 fps ∼30% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
7 fps ∼34% +17%
Average UNISOC T606
  (6 - 6.2, n=4)
6.08 fps ∼30% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=255, last 2 years)
20.4 fps ∼100% +240%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1.9 fps ∼14%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2 fps ∼15% +5%
Motorola Moto E20
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP2, 2048
1.9 fps ∼14% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps ∼16% +16%
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.85 - 2, n=4)
1.663 fps ∼12% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=255, last 2 years)
13.4 fps ∼100% +605%
Nokia G11Nokia G21Motorola Moto E20Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127FAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
14%
3%
0%
-33%
212%
Sequential Read 256KB
252.7
257.6
2%
263.2
4%
302.3
20%
240 ?(25.8 - 452, n=231)
-5%
938 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=247, last 2 years)
271%
Sequential Write 256KB
187.6
180.6
-4%
105.4
-44%
74.5
-60%
98.2 ?(14.8 - 188.7, n=231)
-48%
478 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=247, last 2 years)
155%
Random Read 4KB
48.2
74
54%
72.3
50%
77.8
61%
42.3 ?(3.59 - 117.2, n=231)
-12%
167.6 ?(13.5 - 345, n=247, last 2 years)
248%
Random Write 4KB
59
60.2
2%
59.8
1%
47.21
-20%
20.6 ?(0.75 - 89.5, n=231)
-65%
161.3 ?(56.5 - 458, n=248, last 2 years)
173%

Temperature

Max. Load
 43 °C
109 F
37 °C
99 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
 41.4 °C
107 F
36.5 °C
98 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
 40.2 °C
104 F
36.1 °C
97 F
35.1 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 37.8 °C = 100 F
35.4 °C
96 F
37.4 °C
99 F
43.5 °C
110 F
35.2 °C
95 F
36.9 °C
98 F
42.1 °C
108 F
35.2 °C
95 F
37.4 °C
99 F
40.7 °C
105 F
Maximum: 43.5 °C = 110 F
Average: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.6 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.5 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.543.62535.540.43131.731.24030.834.65032.235.86325.128.68019.424.110020.928.212517.632.616015.837.92001338.225011.738.631510.646.740010.550.650011.957.363013.868.680015.474.6100012.774.112501674.6160012.470.1200011.666.1250013.166315013.168.7400013.771500014.271.7630014.772.4800015.364.91000015.964.71250016.557.91600017.146.7SPL26.182.6N0.752.7median 13.8median 64.9Delta1.812.138.945.344.745.33436.736.836.742.640.637.333.826.225.928.327.622.422.218.933.41640.514.546.313.253.81359.116.565.119.566.219.66617.468.515.374.415.378.515.778.416.576.317.977.520.870.32267.220.974.121.772.722.870.32263.122.558.531.586.41.462.6median 18.9median 66.2311.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia G11Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nokia G11 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 64% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Nokia G11
5050 mAh
Nokia G21
5050 mAh
Motorola Moto E20
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
1053
1087
3%
867
-18%
879
-17%
907 ?(438 - 1953, n=255, last 2 years)
-14%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
17h 33min

Pros

+ bright, adaptive 90 Hz screen
+ long runtimes
+ 3-year update warranty
+ decent mono speaker

Cons

- quite little memory
- Camera bad in low light
- few 4G frequencies

Verdict - entry-level with an unconvincing camera

In review: Nokia G11. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.
In review: Nokia G11. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.

The Nokia G11 is an even cheaper version of the Nokia G21 and differs mainly in the memory configuration and the camera. So, if you don't need that much mass storage on your phone, you can save a few Euros here, because the core qualities of the slightly more expensive sister model, such as a bright screen with 90 Hz and the good runtimes, remain. The performance is also quite decent and the casing looks reasonably high quality, despite the plastic back.

However, the differences in the camera are clearly visible, especially in the low-light range: Nokia's G11 can hardly bring out details here. Even in bright light, the sharpness of the pictures leaves much to be desired. And the few 4G frequencies make the phone rather limited for frequent travelers.

Nokia manages to make a decent entry-level phone with the G11, which can be worthwhile if you want a good screen and don't attach much importance to the camera.

If you want to pay the extra price for the Nokia G21, you will get a slightly better camera, especially in dark environments, and more working memory, but this is hardly noticeable in our benchmarks. The Motorola Moto E20 offers the same SoC for considerably less money.

Price and availability

At the time of testing, the phone is sold out by the manufacturer itself. Online retailers like Cyberport, amazon.de and notebooksbilliger.de offer the 3/32 GB variant for 155 - 160 Euros (~$169 - $174).

Nokia G11 - 04/03/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
83%
Games Performance
10 / 64 → 15%
Application Performance
64 / 86 → 74%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
72 / 90 → 80%
Camera
49%
Average
72%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-04- 6 (Update: 2022-04- 6)