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Nokia launches the G11 and G21 smartphones in Europe

The new G21. (Source: Nokia)
The new G21. (Source: Nokia)
Nokia has made the rumored successor to the budget G20 official, and has ushered a new G11 in alongside it. The new smartphones are equipped with large batteries for markedly long run-times - which may be handy as the 2 new phones offer a series-first 90Hz refresh rate. The two new phones have been released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland today (February 14, 2022).

HMD Global has announced not 1 but 2 new smartphones today. One is the previously-projected Nokia G21, which has emerged with the specs hinted at in earlier leaks. They include a T606 SoC from Unisoc, which drives a 6.517-inch HD+ display with an 8MP selfie camera in a water-drop notch.

Those specs may not seem overly encouraging; on the other hand, Nokia has introduced a 90Hz refresh rate in this panel for the first time in the G line's history. The OEM also asserts that the G21 will also be capable of "stunning" photography with a 50MP main camera.

However, it is clear from Nokia's launch campaign that the phones' new 5,050mAh battery is the star of the show. It is rated to help the new G-series phones last for up to 3 days on a charge. It powers back up using a USB type-C port rated for 18W - although the G21 ships with a 10W power brick.

The G21 also contains some potentially useful facilities on the software side, the most notable of which are ExpressVPN and Spotify pre-loads (with a 3-month trial for the former). However, its OS is merely "Android 12 ready", which means they have the 11 version out of the box.

The G10's successor has launched with much the same specs, except it downgrades to a 13+2+2 MP rear camera system, has 3GB of RAM rather than 4GB and comes in Ice and Charcoal color options rather than the Nordic Blue or Dusk SKUs of the G21.

It goes for €159 (~US$180) for a single 3/32GB version, whereas the G21 starts at €189 (~US$214) for a 4/64GB SKU. Finally, the G11 and G21 have launched with 3.5mm jacks, which go well with Nokia's new 40mm-driver Wired Headphones (priced at $31), even though there are also wireless versions of the same for $50.

Nokia introduces the new G21..
Nokia introduces the new G21..
...and G11. (Source: Nokia)
...and G11. (Source: Nokia)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02-14 (Update: 2022-02-14)