Big announcements from HMD Global in IFA 2022 in Berlin, as it unveiled its new devices made from recycled materials. At the same time, it is launching a new Circular subscription to extend the useful life of devices and reduce e-waste generated when upgrades are made.
Nokia X30 5G
It has a metal frame made from 100% recycled aluminum, while the plastic back is made from 65% recycled material. Its box is made of 70% recycled paper and – of course – no charger is included.
It has a 6.43” AMOLED display – a change of course for HMD, which hasn’t used AMOLED since the Nokia 9 PureView. It’s an FHD+ (20:9) panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and 450 nits typical brightness (700 nits peak). The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
The rear camera set also has Corning – Gorilla Glass DX+ protection. It has a 50MP main camera (1/1.57”, 1.0μm native pixels, 4-in-1 binning) with OIS and a 13MP ultrawide angle (123°, 1/3.06”). The selfie camera has a 16MP sensor (1.0μm native pixels, but also supports 4-in-1 binning).
Nokia X30 5G is powered by Snapdragon 695 6nm. There are two configurations to choose from: 6/128GB and 8/256GB. It enjoys what HMD calls the “3-3-3 promise” – 3 OS updates, 3 years of security patches and a 3-year extended warranty. It runs Android 12, has a 4,200mAh battery that charges at 33W, has an under-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock.
It also supports USB-C 2.0, 5G with dual nanoSIM (and eSIM available), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and IR blaster. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
The Nokia X30 5G is available worldwide from today with a base price of €530 in Cloudy Blue or Ice White.
Nokia G60 5G
Another 5G-enabled G-series model whose 100% plastic back and 60% plastic frame are recycled. It also comes with the “3-3-3” promise.
The Nokia G60 5G is also powered by the Snapdragon 695 chipset, although the memory configurations are more modest – 4/64GB, 4/128GB and 6/128GB (UFS 2.2). Storage is expandable via microSD.
This phone is bigger because of the 6.58″ FHD+ display. It’s LCD, but has a higher refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s not that bright (400 nits typical, 500 nits peak) and gets the older Gorilla Glass 5. Also, the 8MP front camera (0.64μm pixels, 4-in-1 binning) is a notch.
The rear camera set is inferior. The main 50MP sensor is smaller (1/2.67”, 0.64μm pixels, 4-in-1 binning) and lacks OIS, the ultrawide camera has a 5MP sensor (1/5”). There is also a depth sensor here.
The battery is slightly larger at 4,500 mAh, but charges more slowly, peaking at 20W. In some markets, this model will come with a 20W charger.
It has a hybrid two-card slot – you can have either two nanoSIMs or one SIM+microSD. eSIM is still an option. There’s also USB-C 2.0, Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. This phone only has an IP52 rating, meaning it can survive dripping water but not submersion like the X30.
The Nokia G60 5G is also in stores today with a starting price of €320.
The Circular subscription service is a new way to use selected Nokia phones and tablets. You are motivated to keep the devices longer through a series of eco-rewards. However, if you break or lose your device, you will be quickly provided with a replacement at no additional monthly cost.
After a few years of use, you can send the device back and HMD will take care of it – it can refurbish and resell it, or if it’s no longer marketable, it can donate it. If even that is not an option, it will recycle it.
The Circular is being released first in the UK and Germany, while wider distribution of the Circular is planned for the coming months.
Source: Techblog by techblog.gr.
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