HMD Global launched three new entry-level smartphones at MWC 2022. The three new handsets, the Nokia C21, Nokia C21 Plus, and Nokia C2 2nd edition, are all designed to “respond to the success of entry-level devices”, after all, the low-end models helped Nokia achieve a high level of success in 2021.
The Nokia C21 is a more affordable version of the plus. It has the same 6.5” display (720 x 1,600 px) and the metal frame plus toughened glass. There’s no official IP rating on this one, however.
The phone is powered by the same Unisoc chipset, except this time the choices for RAM capacity are limited to 2GB or 3GB, storage is again either 32GB or 64GB. The dedicated microSD slot remains as does the commitment for 2 years of security patches.
One of the major differences here is the battery – it has only 3,000 mAh capacity, 25% less than even the lower capacity version of the C21 Plus. Also, it only supports charging at 5W (and comes with a 5W charger and microUSB cable).
The main camera has also been downgraded to 8 MP, but the selfie camera keeps its 5 MP sensor. Face and fingerprint unlocking are both available.
Nokia C21 Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
- 3G bands:
- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 – International
- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – LATAM, Brazil
- 4G bands: LTE
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
- Announced: 2022, February 28
- Status: Exp. release 2022, March
- Dimensions: 169.9 x 77.9 x 8.8 mm (6.69 x 3.07 x 0.35 in)
- Weight: 195 g (6.88 oz)
- Build: Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back
- Colors: Dark Blue, Warm Gray
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: IPS LCD
- Size: 6.52 inches, 102.6 cm2 (~77.5% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
- Protection: Scratch-resistant glass
- Android 11 (Go edition)
- 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
- Main Camera: Single – 8 MP
- Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Video: 720p@30fps
- Selfie Camera: Single – 5 MP
- Features: LED flash
- Video: 720p
- Radio: FM Radio
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
- NFC: No
- USB: microUSB 2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
- Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Ion 3000 mAh, non-removable
Nokia C21 Price and Availability
The C21 will be available in dark blue and warm grey. The starting price of this device is €99 ($110) for the 1GB / 32GB version. The 2GB / 32GB option sells for €129 ($144).