Recently, Nokia has been focusing on popular smartphones that are affordable. Last year, the brand’s most popular device was the G20. Now she’s got an update. The current version of the device was equipped with a 90-Hz screen and a 50-megapixel camera. The manufacturer promises that the gadget will receive system patches for three years. We check the phone in action.
Design inspires confidence
Housing Nokia G21 is made of polycarbonate with a rough texture. The material is scratch resistant, but picks up fingerprints quickly. In the palm of your hand, the gadget lies comfortably, despite its large dimensions. A nice feature is that a case and a protective film on the screen have already been added to the basic configuration.
On the left side of the device there is a triple tray for two SIM cards and a memory card, as well as a dedicated button to activate the Google voice assistant.
The fingerprint scanner and volume rocker are located on the right side of the gadget. The fingerprint sensor works quickly and almost without errors. But I would like to shift the volume keys a little lower. Also, the smartphone was equipped with an audio jack, an NFC module for contactless payment and a single, but sufficiently high-quality speaker with a good volume margin.
The Nokia G21 has a 6.5-inch IPS display with HD+ resolution. The declared pixel density of 269 ppi may seem insufficient, but in everyday use you hardly notice the graininess of the picture. But the big “chin” under the display catches the eye. The front camera is neatly inscribed in a teardrop-shaped cutout, which practically does not take up the useful area of \u200b\u200bthe matrix. There are small roundings around the perimeter of the glass, which makes it more pleasant to swipe across the screen.
The maximum display brightness is 400 nits. In practice, this figure is enough to make it convenient to use a smartphone on the street during the day. In the display settings, a slider for adjusting the white balance and an eye protection option that reduces blue spectrum radiation are available. The matrix supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz, so scrolling and animations look smoother.
Entry-Level Photo Capabilities
The camera block is framed by glossy plastic and protrudes slightly from the body. The design decision turned out to be unsuccessful: after a couple of days of testing, the area around the modules was covered with small scratches. It is recommended to carry your smartphone in a case. There are three cameras, the main sensor has a resolution of 50 megapixels and an f / 1.8 lens. It is complemented by a 2-megapixel macro module and a depth sensor.
Video Nokia G21 records in Full HD at 30 frames per second. Autofocus is slow, but works correctly, but there is no stabilization. But the gadget captures the sound quality. The proprietary camera app has an effective noise reduction feature. We shot the test video in windy weather, while there are practically no sound artifacts on the audio track.
The Nokia G21 is equipped with an octa-core Unisoc T606 processor, 4 GB of RAM and Mali-G57 MP1 graphics. In benchmarks, such a bunch scores comparable to the result of the Snapdragon 636 platform. In general, the performance of the chipset is enough to run most games at minimum and medium graphics settings. In the demanding Genshin Impact, the smartphone delivers 20 fps with a reduced resolution. In turn, the Tacticool shooter runs at a stable 30 frames per second.
But the processor has no throttling at all. In the CPU Throttling Test, after 30 minutes of operation, the system power decreased by only 12% from the original. At the same time, the body was slightly warm.
The device has Android 11 installed. In the near future, the manufacturer promises to update the operating system to Android 12. Nokia also guarantees monthly security updates for three years. Despite the light shell, slowdowns slipped in the interface of the provided sample. From the pre-installed software, there are all the programs of the mandatory Russian software package and the ExpressVPN service with free access for 30 days.
- GEEKBENCH 4
- 1489 single-core
- GEEKBENCH 5
- 312 single-core
- Sling Shot — 1402
Sling Shot Extreme — 957
Wild Life — 395
Wild Life Extreme — 112
- up to 24 hours of offline video viewing
up to 21 hours of YouTube viewing
gaming consumption – 16% battery per hour of gaming in Genshin Impact (medium brightness)
A capacious 5050 mAh battery, a low-resolution screen and energy-efficient hardware are the harbingers of long-term autonomy. It was not possible to achieve the three days of life promised by the manufacturer from a single charge with active use, but the Nokia G21 can withstand a day and a half of productive work. The standard FHD-movie at medium brightness in airplane mode continuously plays the device for a whole day, and streaming 1080p video from YouTube – 21 hours. In Genshin Impact, the phone is discharged by 16% per hour of gaming.
While the device supports 18W fast charging, only a 10W adapter is included in the box. With it, the novelty replenishes energy from 0 to 50% in 1 hour and 15 minutes, and a full replenishment takes 3 hours. When using an 18-watt power supply from another smartphone, the entire procedure was reduced to 2 hours and 40 minutes.
- 6.5″, IPS, 1600×720 pixels, 269 ppi, 90 Hz
- Unisoc T606 CPU (up to 1.6 GHz, 12 nm)
Mali-G57 MP1 GPU
- RAM AND STORAGE
- 4GB LPDDR4x
128GB eMMC 5.1 plus memory card
- 5050 mAh
- main – 50 MP (f / 1.8) + 2 MP (macro, f / 2.4) + 2 MP (depth, f / 2.4), front – 8 MP (f / 2.0)
- Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou
- DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
- 164.6 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm
- side fingerprint scanner, fast charging 18W, NFC, triple slot, Google button, audio jack
Nokia G21 is suitable for those who need a simple device for every day. The disadvantages include a slow (although quite energy efficient) processor and a mediocre camera. At the same time, the smartphone boasts impressive autonomy, a practical body, a high-quality screen with 90 Hz support and a fast fingerprint scanner. There is an NFC module for contactless payment. The storage capacity is easy to expand – the SIM tray is triple and supports the installation of microSD. Also on sale is a version of the Nokia G21 with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.