This Thursday, April 8, 2021, Nokia is renewing its smartphone catalog with six new entry-level mobiles. Despite modest technical sheets, the Finnish manufacturer hopes to convince with a three-year software follow-up.
After Motorola, it’s Nokia’s turn to do its little spring cleaning. On April 8, the Finnish manufacturer announced a change of nomenclature on the occasion of the presentation of its new vintage of smartphones. Exit the 1.3, 3.2 and other 8.3, here are the C10, C20, G10, G20, X10 and X20. New names for a formula that does not really evolve. Nokia continues to base its communication on the monitoring of its mobile over time in an ecological logic.
In France, only the G10, G20, X10 and X20 will be marketed. According to Nokia, the C10 and C20 (which we will discuss below) are too light on their technical sheet and software monitoring to be offered in France. The manufacturer only provides two years of security updates on the C10 and C20, against three years with the G10, G20, X10 and X20. In this new nomenclature, the Nokia Xs range between € 329 for the X10 and € 399 for the X20. The Nokia G are a notch lower with a G10 at 149 € and the G20 at 180 €. The Nokia C, even more modest, would theoretically have been placed even closer to the entry level. All these beautiful people therefore come to face Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Realme and Oppo, particularly aggressive in these segments. But, once again, where its competitors rely on the technical sheet, Nokia claims the quality of construction of the mobile and its software monitoring.
Nokia X 5G that stand out in the photo
So let’s start with the X, the most ambitious smartphones. The X10 and X20 share part of their technical sheet, but mostly the same dimensions (168.94 x 79.7 x 9.1 mm). We thus identify the same SoC, a Snapdragon 480 5G, accompanied by 6 GB of RAM for the X20 and 4 or 6 GB on the X10. The panel also seems identical, the technical sheet referring to a 6.67-inch screen for 1080 x 2400 px.
The two mobiles also share the same battery capacity with 4470 mAh on the meter. Two differences separate the two models. The first occurs on the scale, with 210 g for the X10 and 220 g for the X20. The second concerns the photo with the presence of a 48 megapixel sensor on the main module and 8 Mpx on the front module of the X10, when the X20 has a 64 Mpx at the front and 32 Mpx on its front. Otherwise, we find ultra wide-angle (5 Mpx), depth (2 Mpx) and macro (2 Mpx) modules that are strictly identical. If the difference in weight remains slight, it remains to be seen whether the differences in the photo really justify the 70 € interval between the two models. Either way, the X10 and X20 are going to face stiff competition from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, Mi Note 10 Lite and other Realme 8 Pro. Mobiles pushed by Chinese manufacturers much more aggressive on the quality / price ratio, with Oled and oversized photo sensors.
The more accessible Nokia Gs
The Nokia Gs are much more modest. Already, they are not 5G compatible and we will have to be satisfied with the good old 4G. The two mobiles also share a large portion of their technical sheet.
- Dimensions: 164.9 x 76 x 9.2 mm
- 6.5-inch IPS screen displaying HD +
- SoC Mediatek G52
- 5050 mAh battery
The differences turn out to be the same as on the X.
- Weight: 194 g for the G10 and 197 g for the G20
- Main module: 13 Mpx sensor for the G10, 48 Mpx for the G20
- Ultra wide-angle module: absent on the G10 and equipped with a 5 Mpx sensor on the G20
These mobiles positioned under the 200 € bar will face the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G and Poco X3, other much better equipped mobiles.