HMD Global launched three new entry-level smartphones at MWC 2022. The three new phones, the Nokia C21, Nokia C21 Plus, and Nokia C2 (2nd generation), 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 company recorded a 41% growth and enabled HMD Global to complete its first full year of operating margins. According to HMD Global, the Nokia C21, Nokia C21 Plus and Nokia C2 (2nd Gen) have the ruggedness and long battery life that Nokia phones made famous years ago. This, combined with the best Android software and security updates, solidifies HMD Global’s vision for 2022 and beyond.
The Nokia C21 Plus has dual rear cameras, while the Nokia C2 2nd Gen and Nokia C21 have a single rear camera. In addition, the Nokia C2 Gen 2 also uses a traditional display design rather than a full screen. However, the Nokia C21 and Nokia C21 Plus use a waterdrop screen.
The designs of these devices not only maintain the classic “quality” of the Nokia brand but also reinforce the Nokia C-series of devices launched in 2020. In addition, the Nokia C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd Gen will also provide two years of security updates. This is now the norm for Nokia devices. It provides a clean operating system to ensure users have more internal memory space for storage files and favorite apps.
Along with the Nokia C21, C21 Plus, and C2 Second Edition, HMD Global also showcased new audio accessories including Nokia Go Earbuds 2+Wireless Earbuds and Nokia Headphones. The Go Earbuds 2+Wireless Earbuds offers Clear Sound, Comfortable Fit, Ambient Noise Cancellation (ENC), Sweat and Splash Resistant, 24 Hours of Playtime. As for the headphones, it is available in wired and wireless options. It features an ultra-lightweight design with soft over-ear cushioning and a foldable headphone arm for great comfort
Nokia C2 (2nd generation)
This smartphone is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, runs Android 11 Go, and supports a removable battery. Unfortunately, the battery capacity is only 2400 mAh. This smartphone comes with 1 GB RAM and 32 GB flash storage. However, the top version has 2 GB RAM and 32 GB flash storage. This device also supports memory expansion via SDCard up to 256GB. It uses a 5.7-inch FWVGA screen with a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels.
In addition, the front camera of the smartphone is 2MP while the rear main camera is 5MP. This entry-level smartphone does not support NFC but supports Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth 5. It also supports 4G LTE Cat.4, 3.5mm standard headphone jack. The dimension of this device is 154 x 75.9 x 9.55mm and it weighs 180 grams.
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The C2 Gen 2 will be available in Warm Grey and Dark Blue colour options. The starting price of this device is €79, or $88 for the 1GB/32GB version. The 2GB/32GB version costs €109 ($121)
The Nokia C21 runs an Android 11 (Go version) system and it comes with a 6.517-inch HD+ screen. This smartphone is powered with an octa-core UNISOC SC9863A SoC coupled with 2GB / 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the rear, this device has an 8MP rear camera, a fixed focus lens, as well as a front 5MP selfie lens.
In addition, the C21 also supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/A-GPS, Micro-USB (OTG), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Furthermore, it comes with a rear fingerprint recognition solution as well as a dual SIM dual standby. To keep its lights on, this device uses a 3000 mAh battery.
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).
Nokia C21 Plus
The Nokia C21 Plus is almost identical to the C21 except for 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB of RAM options and 32GB and 64GB storage options. Furthermore, the C21 Plus comes with a 13 MP main camera as well as a 2 MP camera on the rear. On the front, this smartphone uses a 5 MP selfie shooter. Under the hood, this device has a 4000 mAh battery and it also supports IP52 water resistance.
The C21 Plus will be available in Teal colour option. The starting price is €119 ($132) for the 2GB / 32GB version.
Nokia Wireless Headphones
The Nokia Wireless Headphones feature a 40mm driver unit, padded, foldable design for easy storage. In addition, the headset supports hands-free calling using the built-in microphone and supports voice assistants Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.
The headset offers physical buttons, supports Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and comes with an 800 mAh battery that provides up to 60 hours of playback time on a single charge. There is also a USB Type-C port for charging. This device is available in black and white colour options and weighs 18 grams.
Nokia Wireless Headphones will be available in the US, starting at $49.99. Availability and pricing for the Go Earbuds 2+ and Headphones will be announced shortly.