Earlier today, we saw TCL announce five new smartphones aimed at the budget market, but HMD Global is here to provide a bit of competition with the Nokia C-Series. Both the Nokia C21 and C21 Plus sport a 6.5-inch HD+ V-notch display, while taking advantage of Android 11 Go Edition, which is something that we don’t see from many smartphone makers nowadays.
In the announcement, HMD Global stated that it saw an increase of more than 40% in revenue between 2020 and 2021. Much of this was accomplished on the backbone of great cheap phones, and the trend could continue with the C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd Edition.
For the most part, the C21 and C21 Plus offer the same experience, as they are powered by the UNISOC SC9863a, which is the same chipset found in the likes of the Nokia C30 and ZTE Blade A51. The C21 can be configured with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and up to 64GB of expandable storage with a microSD card.
The C21 Plus gets a leg up as there’s a version available with 4GB of RAM, along with offering a dual-camera setup consisting of a 13MP main lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, the C21 only offers an 8MP rear-facing camera that will be sufficient but isn’t going to wow anyone.
Along with being released with Android Go, the Nokia C21 Plus has an extra trick up its sleeve as the phone is equipped with a 4,000mAh or 5,050mAh battery. Essentially, this means that you’ll be able to access the 5050mAh cell if you need all of the juice, but by default, the phone only uses the 4,000mAh cell.
HMD Global isn’t stopping there, however, as the Nokia C2 2nd Edition is the more-compact option with its 5.7-inch display. The phone is powered by a quad-core chipset paired with up to 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
The C2 2nd Edition will last for a full day on a single charge, and you’ll find a single 5MP sensor on the back along with a 2MP selfie camera. Nokia has even included a 3.5mm headphone jack and a built-in FM radio.
Perhaps more importantly, HMD Global is promising two years of security updates, ensuring that all of its latest Nokia devices will stay secure despite not receiving major Android updates. Considering the popularity of these phones in different regions, we’re hoping that Nokia’s branding can continue to surge in popularity. Let us know what you think about these phones and whether you would consider them if you need a cheap Android phone.