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Nokia smartphones — which are made by a company called HMD Global — are some of the best devices in the world when it comes to getting great features, solid hardware, and frequent software updates all at incredibly low prices. But which are the best Nokia phones you can get? We’re here to help with that!

See also: The best budget phones you can currently buy

While many manufacturers are making the move towards expensive flagships, Nokia is hunkering down in the mid-range market. Most of these devices won’t pack high-end specs, but you’ll save a nice chunk of change when you decide to pick one up.

Best Nokia phones:

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

1. Nokia 7.2

7.2 back panel landscape

The Nokia 7.2 is the most expensive Nokia phone on this list. It was announced in September 2019, and it’s likely best mid-ranger with the Nokia name. The star of the show is the triple rear camera system featuring a 48MP primary sensor. 

Available for just $349, the Nokia 7.2 looks beautiful out of the box with a 6.3-inch Full HD display. It offers a build quality that you’d expect for a late 2019 device — a glass sandwich with a multi-camera setup and a teardrop notch. The mid-ranger runs on the Android One platform, which means it will get two years of monthly updates and two Android number updates.

You get 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to work with and Nokia claims that the 7.2 can last up to two days on the 3,500mAh battery.

Nokia 7.2 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

2. Nokia 6.2

Nokia 6.2 back cover
At first glance, you might think that the Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 are exactly the same phone. Both rock the exact same display, same security measures, and exactly the same battery. However, the differences are what knocks this device down to $249.

Instead of a Snapdragon 660, you’ll be greeted by a Snapdragon 636. The 6.2 also drops its storage capacity down to just 64GB, but you can expand that by up to 512GB. It matches the 7.2 on the Android One platform, so regular updates shouldn’t be a problem.

The last — and largest — difference between the two is the camera setup. Both Nokia phones are equipped with identical round bumps, but the 7.2 stars a 48MP shooter, while the 6.2 tops out at 16MP. 

Nokia 6.2 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 636
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 16MP, 8MP, 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Nokia 5.3

5.3 rear profile

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Taking another step down the ladder — and knocking another $50 from the retail price — you’ll find the Nokia 5.3. Unlike the last two Nokia phones, the 5.3 actually increases the screen size to 6.55-inches and adds a fourth rear camera.

The Nokia 5.3 makes a jump in the battery department as well, raising the cap to a full 4,000mAh.  It charges via USB-C and comes with Android 10 right out of the box, so it’s the most up-to-date Nokia phone on the list. You can expect fairly standard specs on the inside, with 4GB and 64GB of RAM and storage respectively.

Those internals back up a Snapdragon 665 processor and provide decent power for the cameras. The main shooter offers just 13MP though, so it continues to shrink as we make our way down the list.

Nokia 5.3 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13MP, 5MP, 2MP, 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Nokia 2.3

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Credit: Nokia

The numbers are getting smaller, and so is the phone for the first time. Nokia’s 2.3 is just a hair smaller at 6.2-inches, and the Full HD display drops to HD Plus. At just $129, it’s a great first phone or an easy way to save money.

Another thing to note with the 2.3 is it’s the first Nokia phone on the list to skip a Snapdragon setup in favor of MediaTek hardware. It’s packed with a Helio A22 as well as a meager 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

Not all of the specs come with sacrifices, though. The battery is still a healthy 4,000mAh unit and there are two cameras on the back. You can switch between a 13MP shooter and a 2MP option for at least a little flexibility.

Nokia 2.3 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Nokia 1.3

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Credit: Nokia

Nokia’s 1.3 smartphone is just about as bare-bones as they come, but it’s not a bad buy at under $100. Qualcomm is back in the driver’s seat with a 215 chip, but 1GB and 16GB of memory and storage are about as low as you can go.

The battery is decent at 3,000mAh and it’s powering a pocket-sized 5.71-inch display which shouldn’t drain too heavily. Nokia opted for a single 8MP rear camera as this is a budget device, and a 5MP front shooter is selfie-ready.

Unlike the others on the list, the Nokia 1.3 is the only phone available on the Android Go platform. It’s essentially a slimmed-down version of the latest Android that’s made to sip battery power and last longer.

Nokia 1.3 specs:

  • Display: 5.71-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Qualcomm 215
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10 Go Edition

6. Nokia C5 Endi – Cricket Wireless

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Most of your options have offered the freedom to choose your carrier, but Nokia’s mid-range status makes it a darling among MVNOs. The low price is an obvious draw for anyone looking to save money when they switch to a low-cost carrier.

Now, as for the C5 Endi itself, the phone is packed with a MediaTek Helio P22 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage. It bears a striking resemblance to the 5.3, which makes sense as the two Nokia phones are about the same age. If you want a large display, the C5 Endi can meet your needs at 6.5-inches.

As a Nokia 5.3 sibling, the triple-camera setup is back on the C5 Endi with a 13MP lens leading the charge. You can also take advantage of 5MP and 2MP shooters and an 8MP camera around the front.

Nokia C5 Endi specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P22
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13MP, 5MP, 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10