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Nokia G21 Review, Price & Full Specs

Nokia G21
Written by Futoextra

I’ve had the Nokia G21 with me for well over 2 weeks now and I can recommend it for at least 3 reasons, but it is not perfect. Make sure you read this post to the end to find out why. Now let’s get started!  Nokia is still in the business of making smartphones and I’ve covered a couple of them on this site, the last one being the G10. This time I have the Nokia G21, a budget device from the brand which I can  say from experience is pretty solid and so far has given great user experience, thanks to stock android software.

Nokia G21 Full Specification

BrandNokia
ModelG21
PriceN80,300  Or $150
Launch Date2022, February 14
BatteryLi-Po 5050 mAh, non-removable
Display Type & SizeIPS LCD, 90Hz, 400 nits, 6.5 inches
OSAndroid 11
RAM & Storage64GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM`
ChipsetUnisoc T606 (12 nm)
CPUCPU Octa-core (2x1.6 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUGPU Mali-G57 MP1
CAMERA
Rear Camera50 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.76", 0.64µm, PDAF
2 MP, (macro)
2 MP, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
Video Recording[email protected]
Selfie Camera
8 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
Video Recording[email protected]
USBUSB Type-C 2.0,
BuildGlass front, plastic frame, plastic back

Nokia G21 Price

The Nokia G21 comes at a budget price of $150 for the base model with 64GB of storage. That converts to about N80,300  here in Nigeria. At this price, you get this solidly built device packaged with essential accessories except for earphones and also no case in the box. It does, however, come with a preinstalled film screen protector which you might appreciate. Nokia has joined a bad gang. We used to get earphones and protective casing. It supports 18 Watts fast charging and there’s an 18 watts charger in the box to achieve that.

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Design & Build Qaulity

Nokia G21 Build qaulity

Nokia G21 Build qaulity

The Nokia G21 like previous Nokia devices has a solid build with a textured rear finish. Unlike its predecessors, however, this has what  I’ll prefer to call an updated design in the camera bump. We no longer have that round-centered design but Nokia has opted for the more conventional left placement for its triple rear cameras. The camera bump has a glossy and mirror-like finish. The bump is subtle and won’t rock the device when placed on a flat surface. We also see a flat frame on the G21 making the device look and feel more modern.

Its ports and buttons are positioned conventionally as other Nokia devices, and we have that Google assistant button on the left which you might occasionally mistake for a power button but its job is to summon the Google Assistant. If you find yourself accidentally pressing it too often when not needed, you can always disable it. The Google Assistant can be easily summoned without a button. The Nokia G21 implements a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device. It is placed on the power button just below the volume keys.

It is a responsive one and you will have no issues unlocking your device.  You also get the less secure face-to-unlock option.

OS

It’s no news That Nokia uses stock android as the software on their devices, and the G21 is no different. It is currently on Android 11 which is great, but by now I thought we’d get Android 12. Not to worry though as Nokia has promised  2 years of OS upgrades for the G21, just not sure how soon that will happen. Android 11 here though is fluid and as lightweight as you’d expect from stock android.

Easily one of the best software experiences you can expect at this price point made even better with its 90hz screen refresh rate which is great but the fact that it’s either set to 60hz  or adaptive and not 90hz outright means that even when you set it to adaptive the system will remain at 60hz and only opt for 90hz as it sees fit depending on what you have on display. While this is great for battery life, I think the option to have it at 90hz always would’ve been great. Of course, this isn’t a deal breaker and I find the UI fluid enough when it needs to be, but just personal preference.

Display

The display on the Nokia G21 is a 720p LCD display and that’s pretty much the standard for this price point. It’s a good-looking display and gets to decent brightness levels should you need to use it outdoors. The G21 comes in two memory options, 64 or 128GB, both with 4GB of RAM.

It doesn’t get virtual RAM, maybe we might see that with Android 12 when it eventually comes. Nokia opts for the Unisoc T606 processor which while not a popular one,  is actually capable for this price point. Nokia was one of the early adopters of these  Unisoc Chipsets, we can also find them on the likes of Samsung’s A03 and Tecno’s Spark 8c. From my experience with the device so far, I’d say it’s optimized pretty well, especially on the battery front.

Battery capacity & Performance

The G21 comes with a 5000mAh battery and you can expect up to two days of average use on a full charge thanks to its light software and great battery optimization. For gaming, the Nokia G21 does decent. It won’t exceed your expectations for this price point,  and you will experience occasional skips and lags, but high graphics titles like Call of duty mobile are playable on medium graphics and high frame rate and as I said earlier, it won’t exceed your expectations for this price point. The gameplay is a bit choppy on medium graphics so I’ll advise playing on low graphics settings for a smoother experience.

Camera

Nokia G21 camera

Nokia G21 camera

The Cameras on the Nokia G21 are actually quite impressive and one of the features I can recommend this device for. It sports a 50mp triple rear camera setup which includes a depth sensor and macro camera. Its selfie camera is 8MP. At this price point, the expectation is at a minimum but I’d say the G21 does great to give you good photos with great dynamic range and color accuracy.

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I shot a couple of photos and I was pretty much satisfied with what I  got from both the selfie and rear cameras, particularly in the right lighting conditions.  Selfies are decent both with normal and portraits. For low light, however, the Nokia G21  struggles even when you’ve enabled night mode. For videos, it is capable of shooting at  1080p 30 frames per second from both selfie and rear cameras. Quality is decent and good enough for its price.

Conclusion

The Nokia G21 is a solid device with good performance and build quality for its price. Stock android is pretty much the cleanest Android experience you’ll get at this price point. Hopefully, Android 12 comes soon. I can actually recommend it, but the price puts it in the same category as the Snapdragon 680-powered Redmi 10c. What are your thoughts on the Nokia G21? Leave a comment below and also share this post.

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