Nokia C21 Plus with metal frames and 6.5″ display launched: Specs & Price

The first Nokia C-series phone was introduced in 2020 by HMD and within this short period, the affordable Android Go Edition phones have become quite popular. They already account for 16% of the company’s total smartphone sales in the last 5 years. Here come a couple of new units to strengthen the company’s portfolio.

Nokia C21 Plus launched

To continue this success, the Finland-based company has yet again announced new devices in the brand’s budget-focused C-series, dubbed Nokia C21 and Nokia C21 Plus.

Nokia C21 Plus

The Nokia C21 Plus is quite a good upgrade as C-phones go with a metal chassis and an IP52 rating, a first for the series. It also has a toughened glass over the display (brand unknown).

Nokia C21 Plus

As for the display, it is a large 6.5” panel with 720 x 1,600 px resolution (20:9). The phone runs a clean Android 11 Go Edition and will receive quarterly security patches for two years.

The phone is powered by the Unisoc SC9863A chipset (28 nm, eight Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.6 GHz and a PowerVR GE8322 GPU). It is paired with 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM plus 32GB or 64GB storage and there is a microSD slot available (it’s a dedicated slot on the dual-SIM version).

The 5MP selfie camera can be used for face unlocking. Alternatively, there is a fingerprint reader on the back. Also here is a 13 MP main camera (with AF) plus a 2MP depth sensor and an LED flash.

Nokia C21 Plus with a 13 MP plus 2 MP camera on the back and 5 MP selfie cam

Interestingly, there are two versions of the C21 Plus. One has a 5,050 mAh battery for three day battery life, the other is lighter with a 4,000 mAh battery capacity for two day battery life. In either case you get a 10W charger (that works over microUSB) in the retail package.

Nokia C21 Plus Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands:
    • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
    • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

Launch

  • Announced: 2022, February 28
  • Status: Exp. release 2022, March

Design

  • Dimensions: 164.8 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm (6.49 x 2.99 x 0.34 in)
  • Weight: 178 g or 191 g (6.28 oz)
  • Build: Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back
  • Colors: Dark Cyan, Warm Gray
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Splash protection

Display

  • Type: IPS LCD
  • Size: 6.52 inches, 102.6 cm2 (~82.1% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
  • Protection: Scratch-resistant glass

Operating System

  • Android 11 (Go edition)

Hardware

  • Chipset: Unisoc SC9863A (28nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: IMG8322
  • Storage: 32GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM
  • Memory Card slot: microSDXC (dedicated slot)
  • eMMC 5.1

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Dual
    • 13 MP, (wide), AF
    • 2 MP, (depth)
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 5 MP
  • Features: LED flash
  • Video: 720p

Multimedia

  • Radio: FM Radio
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
  • NFC: No
  • USB: microUSB 2.0

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity

Battery

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Ion 4000/5050 mAh, non-removable

Nokia C21 Plus Price and Availability

The C21 Plus will be available in Teal color ways. The starting price is €119 ($132) for the 2GB / 32GB version.

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