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Nokia X30 5G: Eco-friendly mid-range smartphone for rent

The matte plastic back cover of the Nokia X30 is made from 65 percent recycled materials, while the aluminum frame uses 100 percent.
The matte plastic back cover of the Nokia X30 is made from 65 percent recycled materials, while the aluminum frame uses 100 percent.
Nokia is known for its eco-friendly smartphones. With the X30 5G, the Finnish brand is now utilizing the sustainability angle more than any other manufacturer. The 6.43-inch mid-range smartphone makes comprehensive use of recycled materials and can also be rented as an alternative to buying it.

Nokia once dominated the cellphone market until the rise of the smartphone almost dwarfed the Finnish manufacturer into insignificance. Now, Nokia is back.

Today, the company focuses primarily on the development of entry-level and mid-range smartphones. Particular attention is paid to the concept of environmental friendliness. This is also the case with the mid-range phone X30 5G, which, according to Nokia, is the company's most sustainable smartphone to date.

Rent for 25 euros per month

In addition to recycled materials for the case and packaging, the subscription model is another sustainability aspect of the X30 5G. The 6.43-inch smartphone, which starts at around US$ 520, can alternatively be rented for around US$ 25 per month. According to the manufacturer, a replacement device will be provided immediately if the device is lost or accidentally damaged.

There is no fixed term for the subscription model. Customers need only observe the 3-month cancellation period. When returned, a X30 5G then goes to another subscriber. In keeping with sustainability, Nokia promises that old devices will either be recycled or donated to charity.

Small battery, long runtimes

Nokia equips the X30 5G with the mid-range Snapdragon 695 5G, a 700-nit bright AMOLED screen, and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In contrast to its 6.67-inch predecessor, the Nokia X20, the successor has become a little smaller at 6.43 inches, but is also more powerful and, above all, lighter. While the X20 weighed 220 grams, the X30 5G weighs only 185 grams.

The smaller form factor has also reduced the battery capacity from 4470 to 4200 mAh, but our review tests show that Nokia's smartphone achieves above-average runtimes similar to the 5000 mAh strong Samsung Galaxy A53.

Read the full review of Nokia's X30 5G here.

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Manuel Masiero, 2022-11- 6 (Update: 2022-11- 7)