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Tek.no/Berlin: For mobile phones, the price range around 5,000 NOK is becoming increasingly exciting. Sure, we know that on average, Norwegians buy very expensive cell phones. But as good as budget options have become, we don’t really need them. A penny saved, and that’s it.
And Nokia X30 can help you save a lot of krona compared to, for example, an expensive Samsung or Apple mobile phone. Between 5,500 and 6,000 NOK, depending on the variant.
In terms of design, it’s stunning, and the specs certainly shouldn’t be tampered with.
|–||–||3333 NOK||3666 NOK||NOK 5,090|
|15.89 x 7.39 x 0.8 / 185||16.6 x 7.59 x 0.86 / 190||16.81 x 7.55 x 0.89 / 202||15.91 x 7.32 x 0.82 / 190||15.92 x 7.58 x 0.83 / 193|
|Glass, aluminum and plastic||glass and plastic||glass and plastic||glass and plastic||glass and aluminum|
|narrow (IP67)||Nobody is special||water resistant||Nobody is special||Splash Resistant (IP53)|
|6.43 inch, OLED, 90Hz, HDR10||6.58 inch, LCD, 120Hz||6.8 inch, LCD, 144Hz, HDR10||6.43 inch, AMOLED, 90Hz||6.55 inch, flexible OLED, 120Hz|
|Gorilla Glass Victus||Gorilla Glass 5||The type is not specified||Gorilla Glass 5||gorilla glass|
|in the screen||on the side||on the side||in the optical screen||in the optical screen|
|Snapdragon 695 5G||Snapdragon 695 5G||Snapdragon 888+||MediaTek Dimensions 1300||Snapdragon 778G +|
|128 or 256||64||128 or 256||128 or 256||128 or 256|
|6 or 8||4||8||8 or 12||8 or 12|
|50 MP, f/1.8, OIS||50 MP, f/1.8||108 MP, f/1.9, PDAF||50 megapixels,||50 MP, f/1.88, OIS|
|13 Megapixel, F2.4||5 MP, f/2.0||13 MP, f / 2.2, AF||8 MP,||50 MP, f/2.2, AF|
|16 MP, f/2.4||8 MP, f/2.0||16 MP, f / 2.2||32 MP||16 MP, f/2.45, FF|
|4200 mAh, 33W charging||4500 mAh, 20W charging||5000 mAh, 33W charging||4500 mAh, 80W charging||4500 mAh|
There are extraordinarily expensive materials due to the price range used in this phone. There is an aluminum frame around the phone, and the display is covered in Gorilla Glass Victus which is one of the latest and most powerful solutions for screens. However, the back is plastic, but the manufacturer is quick to claim that large parts of it, such as aluminum, are recycled.
It looks nice and feels solid in the hand.
In terms of looks, this is a fairly conservatively designed phone. A small, direct hump of the camera with peeking eyes from the back. There’s not much hardware other than that, with a pure metal frame framing a full coverage screen with just the usual camera eye.
In terms of size, the phone ends up almost in line with the OnePlus Nord 2T – a sharp competitor. However, another rare thing about this device is that it is water-resistant – there are very few phones in this price range.
Nokia, or HMD Global, behind the mobile phones, has for several years promised to be the best in updates. And they deliver so far. Where other manufacturers’ phones tend to get a little choppy, Nokia phones usually get the monthly patch with security fixes. This is reassuring, as this is becoming increasingly important.
This does not mean that other providers do not update their phones, but the intervals between updates can be longer and more random.
However, Samsung beats Nokia in terms of overall durability, with its latest phones getting three major updates plus a year of security on tap. A total of four years of support from them new.
Other than that, it’s also interesting to see HMD and Nokia focus on their Finnish, with claims of storing local data for their users in Finland, and thus under EU rules naturally.
The Nokia phones are a collaboration between the Finnish company HMD Global, which develops the phones, and Taiwanese company Foxconn.
The menus look no different from those we supported in Nothing Phone (1) or the older Nokias. So we’re talking about a clean and neat Android without a sea of pre-installed software or apps.
The list’s performance also looks pretty solid when we tried it out during HMD’s launch event here in Berlin.
The vast majority here come directly from Google, which is always a good sign. At the same time, there are more powerful processors in some phones for about the same price, and there isn’t much storage or RAM in Nokia phones, so how resilient a phone can be when it’s filled with our daily junk with photos and apps and other content remains to be seen. But if the software is as stable and as nice as it sounds, this should provide a reasonably good user experience even after a while.
The part of the software here that doesn’t come directly from Google is the camera. Nokia has made some exciting moves here. They have two different night modes, one is for ultra low light, and the other is normal and fast for photography, but with the help of artificial intelligence techniques.
They also have a solution that overlays details from the main camera on top of ultra-wide-angle photos to provide more detail in the center of the image. Essentially, ultra-wide-angle photos are also more detailed in the middle. So how we’ll see the effect of this is a little unclear.
At first, both the app and the specifications look reassuring, including optical stabilization on the main camera.
Two things are evident in their absence. The only positive absence – here you will not find a bad macro camera that you would not use anyway. The second is perhaps more involved; The Nokia X30 comes without a telephoto camera.
HMD also showcased the new Nokia G60 here in Berlin.
At first glance, the G60 and X30 might look exactly the same. The cam bump is no different, and with fake metal in the surrounding frame the impression is – let’s call it “relevant”. But with a much lower price tag, at 3,400 NOK, this is a huge concession on almost all points compared to the X30.
Where the X30 may be somewhat on the edge than its rivals in performance and specs, we’re more concerned about the G60’s hardware. Here you get 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It’s probably too little for a good user experience in the long run. The phone is also available with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but according to what we’re told, this version will not be coming to Norway.
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