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The best Nokia phones available

Nokia has budget phones galore!
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February 26, 2023
Nokia X100
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Positives
Gorilla Glass 3 display
5G support
Solid 48MP camera
Negatives
Woefully poor update promise
Not bright enough in direct sun
T-Mobile exclusive
Nokia XR20
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Positives
Appealing, yet durable design and build
Leading protection ratings
Good display
Negatives
Cameras only average with no extras
Entry-level processor
Inconsistent fingerprint reader
Nokia X30
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Positives
Huge 6,000mAh battery
Great software promise
Upgraded 50MP camera
Negatives
Limited carrier access
Nokia G400
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Positives
Large battery
Budget price
Negatives
Limited storage options
Limited carrier options
Nokia G60
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Positives
Updated night-mode photo modes
Nokias best camera to date
3 OS upgrades promised
Negatives
Limited carrier support
Limited storage
Nokia G50 5G
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Positives
Expandable storage
Large display
Affordable price
Negatives
Again budget phone
Only 4GB of RAM
Nokia G21
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Positives
Very affordable
90Hz display
Large battery
Negatives
720p screen
Limited camera
Sluggish performance
Nokia G11
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Positives
Very affordable
Good design
Large battery
Negatives
Performance is sluggish
Low-resolution display
Nokia C200
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Positives
Very affordable
Nice design
Negatives
Lackluster performance
Battery could be larger
720p display
Nokia C100
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Positives
Super affordable
Negatives
Very basic specs across the board
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Are you looking to get a new phone but would rather not dig too deep into your bank account? Nokia may have the solution for you. While many manufacturers are moving towards expensive flagships, Nokia is hunkering down in the mid-range market. The best Nokia phones won’t pack high-end specs, but you’ll save a nice chunk of change when you decide to pick one up. Let’s help you find the right one!

The pros and cons of Nokia phones

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What does Nokia have to offer, aside from nostalgia? While their classic indestructible phones had their place in history (and made a comeback), the company has evolved. Currently owned by HMD Global, Nokia plays a vital role in the budget and mid-range smartphone market. One of the obvious benefits of going with Nokia is that their prices are very reasonable, and the features are great for what you pay.

You might also like the fact that Nokia doesn’t mess with the software too much. In fact, many of Nokia’s devices run Android One, which offers a vanilla Android experience with no bloat, frills, or confusing interfaces. And the phones that don’t run Android One are still pretty much left alone in terms of the Android OS. Regardless of which you pick, Nokia devices come with clean Android experiences.

See also: The best budget phones you can currently buy

Sadly, this business model has its downsides. Because Nokia has focused so much on value, they really have no high-end devices we can truly go all out for. Those looking for a powerful device with the latest and most potent specs will be forced to look elsewhere.

Furthermore, while the build quality tends to be good, Nokia’s designs are rather conservative. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but these phones sure lack that “wow” factor and don’t do much to stick out from the crowd.

During MWC 2023, Nokia also announced a collaboration with iFixit. Starting with the Nokia G22, the brand will be making its phones with repairability in mind. You will be able to fix newer Nokia phones yourself, using guides and tools offered by iFixit. This will make it easier and cheaper to fix Nokia phones, if you do happen to damage them.

The best Nokia phones

Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best Nokia phones as new devices launch.

Nokia X100

nokia x100 camera bump
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Nokia X100 offers affordability and great features that don’t come standard in devices at its price point. The plastic design is far from premium, and the screen doesn’t get too bright. All these downsides can be ignored considering all the pros, though.

This handset comes with 5G support, which is usually a feature exclusive to more expensive handsets. The 6.67-inch 1080p display is pretty sharp, and the 48MP primary camera is pretty good. Additionally, you get a Snapdragon 480 and 6GB of RAM.

The only real downside is that the Nokia X100 is only available from T-Mobile in the USA.


Nokia X100 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,470mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia XR20

Nokia XR20 half submerged in water
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

If you want to relive your Nokia 3310, you better get yourself a device that can handle all the torture. When it comes to other Nokia phones, your best bet for a durable handset will be the Nokia XR20. It’s a rugged device with some of the highest industry standards in its resume. It gets Gorilla Glass Victus, a MIL-STD 810H verification, and an IP68 rating.

Also read: These are the best rugged phones you can buy

This is impressive considering the phone doesn’t have that garish, bulky design rugged devices are known for. It’s not exactly thin, but Nokia did a good job making this phone look as normal as possible.

The hardware is not impressive, but it’s acceptable. 5G support will help keep casual browsing speedy, too. And it won’t cost a fortune. It’s one of the best Nokia phones if you know you’ll give your phone hell.


Nokia XR20 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,630mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia X30

Nokia X30 5G homescreen
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The Nokia X30 is not available in the US, but you can get it in many markets, and it can be imported to the States. The mid-ranger sports a 90Hz Full HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 695, which has plenty of power for the average user, especially when paired with 8GB of RAM.

You also get an IP67 rating, two rear cameras, and Android 12, which will hopefully get updated to Android 13 soon. The battery comes in at 4,200mAh and supports 33W fast charging.

The Nokia X30 comes in two colors — Cloudy Blue and Ice White —and is a dual-SIM device.


Nokia X30 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Nokia G400

Nokia G400 Android Authority Best of CES 2022 Award winner

While it won’t blow your socks off in terms of specs and features, the Nokia G400 does offer a lot for the money. Coming in at $240, the phone supports 5G, has a 120Hz display, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. We were so impressed with this phone, we gave it the Best of CES 2022 award for the best affordable phone.

The handset sports three rear cameras, 64GB of expandable storage, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. There’s also a headphone jack on board, which you won’t find on many phones these days. It’s definitely one of the best Nokia phones on a budget you can get.


Nokia G400 specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480+
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 48, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Nokia G60

Nokia G60 5G homescreen
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The Nokia G60 offers a bit more than the G400 listed above, as it sports a faster chipset and slightly better cameras. However, it is more expensive.

You get a big 6.58-inch display, up to 6GB of RAM, and the mid-range Snapdragon 695 chipset. With that in mind, this is still far from a flagship phone, but it’s more than good enough for the average user. It also comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a headphone jack.


Nokia G60 specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Nokia G50

Nokia G50 smartphone

The Nokia G50 came in late in 2021, offering fantastic features for a really balanced $299.99 MSRP. It comes with a Snapdragon 480, which should be good enough for most casual users, along with up to 6GB of RAM. The cameras aren’t amazing, but you get good versatility thanks to the dual-camera setup, and depth sensor, which is a good selection at this price point.

Also: Why HMD giving up on high-end phones is a good thing

You’ll get to enjoy impressive battery life, thanks to its 5,000mAh battery. There’s also up to 128GB of storage, which can be expanded with the use of a microSD card.


Nokia G50 specs:

  • Display: 6.82-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G21

HMD Global Nokia G21 rear angled in hand
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Nokia G21 is one of the most recent devices coming from the brand. The only issue is that it’s not officially available in the USA. It’s a suitable budget device if you can find it in your market, though.

Specs include a 6.5-inch 720p display, a Unisoc T606 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and as much as 128GB of storage. The battery is nicely sized at 5,050mAh battery. Another thing that makes this device unique is that the screen’s refresh rate is set at 90Hz, which is hard to find in budget phones like this one.


Nokia G21 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Unisoc T606
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G11

HMD Global Nokia G11 display in hand
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Nokia G11 won’t blow your socks off in terms of specs and features, but it’s a good option for those who don’t demand the world from their smartphone. The phone is easy on the eyes and sports a 6.5-inch 90Hz display. However, the resolution of the panel is only HD+.

You’ll find the Unisoc T606 chipset under the hood as opposed to the Snapdragon and MediaTek SoCs you usually find in other Nokia phones. You also get up to 4GB of RAM, expandable storage, and even a headphone jack. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side of the handset.

The battery comes in at 5,050mAh and supports 18W charging. There’s no wireless or reverse wireless charging here, which makes sense given that the phone costs just around €150.


Nokia G11 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Unisoc T606
  • RAM: 34GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia C200

Nokia C200

The Nokia C200 is a budget phone, but it has much going for it! It offers splash protection, supports expandable storage, and even has a headphone jack. The battery comes in at 4,000mAh.

Otherwise, the Nokia C200 is as simple as they get. It comes with a simple MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 chipset and as much as 3GB of RAM. Storage is also limited to 32GB, and there’s only one camera at the back sporting 13MP. The smartphone also costs well under $100 and is available from a few different carriers, including Boost Mobile and Tracfone.


Nokia C200 specs:

  • Display: 6.09-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Nokia C100

Nokia C100

Announced on the same day, the Nokia C100 offers less than the C200, although the two share a few specs and features. Both have the same chipset and memory configuration. Both are also splash-proof, support expandable storage, and have a headphone jack.

Here’s where the similarities end, though. The Nokia C100 has a smaller display, weaker cameras, and a smaller battery. The design looks more dated as well, mainly due to the large bezels surrounding the screen. However, it is cheaper, as it can be had for as little as $50.


Nokia C100 specs:

  • Display: 5.45-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

FAQs

Nokia is owned by HMD Global, a Finnish company.

Nokia used to make higher-end devices, but even those weren’t really comparable to flagships from other companies. Right now, Nokia focuses on mid-tier devices and the lower-end market. These are all affordable handsets for the casual user.

If you’re purely talking about performance and a premium experience, Nokia’s highest-end phone today is likely the Nokia 8.3. We didn’t add it to the list of the best Nokia phones because it’s an old device from 2020 and the specs aren’t really that impressive anyways. It has a Snapdragon 765G processor, 6-8GB of RAM, a Full HD+ screen, and a 4,500mAh battery.

Most Nokia phones come unlocked, but the company occasionally has exclusive devices to specific carriers. This is a more common practice in the US market.

If money is no issue, you should take a look at our lists of the best Android phones, as well as the best camera phones around. Some of these are not that expensive, so they might be worth the extra money!

If you’re interested in Nokia feature phones, there are also plenty of them in our list of the best dumb phones. Check it out if you don’t really need a smartphone.