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Nokia XR21


Nokia XR21
Nokia XR21 (XR Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G 8 x 1.7 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 660 Gold (2x Cortex-A78) / Silver (6x Cortex-A55)
Graphics adapter
6 GB 
6.49 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 406 PPI, capacitive, TFT-LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 114 GB free
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: barometer, G-sensor, eCompass, gyroscope, proximity sensor
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 13, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66, 71), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.45 x 168 x 78.58 ( = 0.41 x 6.61 x 3.09 in)
4800 mAh Lithium-Ion, QC 3.0, PD 2.0
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (OV64B40, f/1.8) + 8 MPix (ultra wide, OV08D10, f/2.2); Camera2 API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (OC16A1Q, fixfocus, f/2.5)
Additional features
Speakers: dual, Keyboard: onscreen, USB cable, SIM tool, 36 Months Warranty, DRM Widevine L1, GNSS: GPS (L1, L5); Galileo (E1, E5a), GLONASS (L1), Beidou (B1, B1C, B2a), QZSS (L1, L5) ,NavIC (L5), two configurable buttons, impact protected polycarbonate, impact absorbing TPU bumpers, IP68/IP69K, fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
231 g ( = 8.15 oz / 0.51 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
599 Euro



Average Score: 79.1% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 53%, features: 48%, display: 88% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the Nokia XR21

82.3% Nokia XR21 review - Robust smartphone for everyday tasks with IP69K certification | Notebookcheck
The Nokia XR21 aims to be a smartphone that emphasizes sustainability and a long battery life. Not only is it water, dust, and shock proof, but it is also provided with updates for a long time and even gets an expanded warranty. Find out in our test, whether the XR21 keeps its promises. Update: Android 13 rollout is now in full swing.
Nokia XR21 Review — It really is ready for anything!
Source: Ausdroid English
My honest feeling after almost a month with this in my pocket and on my desk is that it’s a good buy. While a few bits of polish are missing compared to more expensive and generational devices like the Pixel, iPhone and Find X range, nothing is missing that is critical to the functionality, and you save quite a bit of money. Like many devices in the current age, you won’t get a power brick in the box. So, if you want one or need another one around your home or workplace, make sure you grab one at a retailer near you. The Nokia XR21 lives up to the moniker of rugged without the bulk and typical aesthetic of a rugged device. It’s higher rated than your typical consumer device (IP68/IP69K) and has some, but not massive, sacrifice in daily functionality. So that brings me to the conclusion of whether or not I would buy one.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2023
Nokia XR21 Smartphone Review
Source: OI Spice Tech News English
The Nokia XR21 doesn’t have any exceptional features that give a fit to appear in the flagship killer price point. It only got high-grade protection with an IP rating, which makes this phone stand out from the rest of the options. But, logically thinking, it’s just another mid-range phone except for one great feature. Overall, the phone is a pretty mediocre choice. To give you an example, a properly rugged phone got better-built quality, higher battery capacity, and s sturdy body covered with elastic material. From this instance, the Ulefone Power Armor 18T is a perfect sample of the armored smartphone. But at the same time, the Nokia XR21 is neither a decent rugged phone nor a proper flagship killer device. We won’t recommend you purchase this phone right now. Wait till, the price drops to a certain extent.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/25/2023

Foreign Reviews

80% Dieses robuste Outdoor-Handy ist auch ein gutes Smartphone
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
Outdoor-Handy Nokia XR21: Stark genug im Test?
Source: Computerbild German DE→EN
Positive: Beautiful display; great cameras; powerful hardware. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/02/2023
75% Review: Nokia XR21 – Is dit de nieuwe Nokia 3310?
Source: FWD Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/05/2023
Rating: Total score: 75%


Qualcomm Adreno 619: Integrated (in the Snapdragon 750G) graphics card based on the Adreno 600 architecture. The performance is a lot better than the old Adreno 612.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

SD 695 5G: Fast mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU Kryo 660 cores (two fast 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A78 based cores in a cluster and six power saving ARM Cortex-A55 based cores at 1.7 GHz) and a lower mid range Adreno 619 GPU. Supports only Wi-Fi 5 and is manufactured in the 6 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


It is a small display format for smartphones. You shouldn't be severely defective in vision, and you won't see much detail on the screen and only have a small resolution available. For that, the device should be small and handy, easy to transport.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Nokia: Nokia is a Finnish company founded in 1865 and headquartered in Finland. The company is known for its telecommunications equipment and cell phones. Nokia was one of the leading manufacturers of cell phones in the 1990s and has expanded its business into networking and technology solutions in recent years. 

In 2011, Nokia partnered with Microsoft on Windows-based cell phones and sold the entire cell phone division to Microsoft in 2014, which limited the Nokia brand name to basic cell phones. In 2016, Finnish electronics manufacturer HMD Global entered into a licensing agreement with Nokia, bought the remaining Nokia name rights from Microsoft Mobile, and since 2017 has exclusively offered Nokia cell phones worldwide, which are based on Android, among other things, and are produced by Foxconn.

79.1%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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