Entry-level smartphone Nokia G11 in the test

The Nokia G11 (here in the “Charcoal” color variant) is available for 160 euros.
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  • Feel and design above average
  • fast 90 Hertz display with 6.5 inches
  • Dual-SIM und micro SD
  • Slim Android with a multi-year update guarantee
  • very good battery life

  • Chipset a bit weak
  • no NFC
  • low display resolution
  • Fair weather camera system without ultra wide angle


The G11 shines with an above-average design and software support that is outstanding in this price range. The snake Android operating system is also pleasing. Technically, however, the Nokia phone is not quite up to date; the competition, such as Xiaomi, has a better display and also a better camera.

design and processing

In terms of design, the clear answer to the question asked at the beginning is yes. Of course, only plastic is used for the price, but Nokia uses the material skillfully. The fine transverse ribbing on the back feels good and provides additional grip. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the frame on the right and offers an impeccable recognition rate.

In the “Charcoal” color variant available to us, the camera unit is glossy and the back also shimmers gently. That looks really good and especially after more than 160 euros. The weight and size are in the midfield for a 6.5-inch device. The workmanship and the case integrity are also right. Nokia does everything right here.

Nokia G11
The Nokia G11 is available in Charcoal (above) and Ice colors.
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Fast, low-resolution display

Displays with a fast refresh rate are becoming increasingly popular in the entry-level sector, including the Nokia G11, which ensures buttery-smooth scrolling when surfing the Internet. The panel is bright and pleasantly large at 6.5 inches, but disappoints with a low resolution: 1600×720 pixels are no longer up-to-date even in this price range. The image sharpness suffers as a result. Too bad, other manufacturers (e.g. Xiaomi with the Redmi Note 11) show that there is another way.

Camera just average

The triple optics on the back looks good, but in practice it turns out to be a pseudo-giant: There is only one standard wide-angle focal length with 13 megapixels. The other two optics are a macro and a bokeh lens. The photo quality is still okay for this price level, there is a lack of contrast and fine detail, especially in low light. The same goes for the 8-megapixel front camera.

Nokia G11 camera system
More appearances than reality: The imposing camera unit consists of a standard wide-angle lens flanked by a macro and a bokeh lens.
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processor and connectivity

As with the sister model G21, which is 30 euros more expensive (190 euros), Nokia relies on an entry-level chipset from Unisoc. The T606 offers sufficient performance for everyday use, but is not one of the fastest in its class. The performance is below a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680, which means that the phone sometimes takes a second to think about it when several apps are open at the same time, and switching from portrait to landscape format also takes a noticeable amount of time. On the other hand, the storage equipment is reasonably priced at 4/64 GB. You can expand via micro SD, while Nokia provides maximum flexibility with three slots (2 x Nano SIM + 1 x micro SD).

In terms of connectivity, we missed NFC. The indispensable standard for mobile payments can only be found in the aforementioned G21. The modern 5G mobile communications standard is also not on board, and the LTE speed with CAT 4 is not very high. On the other hand, the jack socket positioned on the front side, which allows the connection of any headphones, is positive.

Very good software support

The G11 comes with Android 11 installed with no frills or bloatware. This isn’t the latest Android version, but HMD promises a speedy update. But that’s not all: Android 13 should also come to the device, and security updates are to be delivered for 3 years. If the software support is implemented in this way, then it is a strong selling point.

Nokia G11 system interface
The system interface presents itself without frills and without ballast. The main menu doesn’t show any bloatware, but instead an FM radio app. On the right you can see the status of the security updates and the options for biometric unlocking. Either via the fingerprint sensor integrated on the side or via face recognition.
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battery life

With a capacity of 5,050 mAh, the battery has enough reserves for a long day. Almost 10 hours are achieved in the PCMark battery test, which is a good value. In practice, the smartphone can last for two days if it is not used much. However, if you recharge using the supplied 10-watt plug, it takes several hours before 100 percent is reached. 10 watts are no longer up-to-date, even for beginners.

Conclusion: Good-looking beginner with weaknesses

The G11 shines with an above-average design and software support that is outstanding in this price range. The slim Android operating system is also pleasing. Technically, however, the Nokia phone is not quite up to date. The competition, such as Xiaomi, has a better display and a better camera.

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Nokia G11
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Nokia G11 specifications

  • Price and storage: 159 euros with 4/64 GB
  • Colours: Charcoal, Ice
  • Size and weight: 164 x 76 x 9 millimeters and 181 grams
  • SoC: Unicoc T606 mit 1,6 GHz
  • Display: LCD with 90 Hz, 6.5 inch and 1,600 x 720 pixels
  • Main camera: wide-angle 13 MP + macro 2 MP + 2 MP
  • Front camera: wide-angle with 8 MP
  • Connectivity: 4G, 3G, 2G, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, jack socket
  • 2x Nano SIM + 1 x micro SD
  • Akku mit 5050 mAh
  • System: Android 11
  • Special features: dual SIM + micro SD slot, display protection glued on ex works

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