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The best Nokia phones available

Nokia has budget phones galore!
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November 13, 2021
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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 features are great for what you pay.

Something else you might like is 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.

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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 simply 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.

The best Nokia phones:

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


Nokia 8.3

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Tristan Rayner / Android Authority

The Nokia 8.3 is 5G-ready and packs some of the best that Nokia has to offer. The Snapdragon 765G chipset won’t win any awards, but it’s plenty good for most casual users, and it can handle more than true budget processors.

As for the device itself, Nokia went for a massive 6.81-inch display, a healthy 4,500mAh battery, and a quad-camera set-up. A 64MP primary shooter highlights the array, and an 8MP ultra-wide lens offers enough flexibility to capture the moment. Nokia also chose a Polar Night finish for the 8.3, which resembles the Northern Lights when you catch just the right light. We must say it has one of the coolest designs available from the brand.

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Nokia’s 8.3 runs on Android One, which ensures that you’ll get a few years of updates, and 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of storage should keep you going for a while.


Nokia 8.3 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Nokia XR20

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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.

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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.

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’re going to 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 G50

Nokia G50 smartphone

The Nokia G50 comes in later 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 set-up, and depth sensor, which is a good selection at this price point.

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 G20

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HMD Global

The Nokia G20 is another impressively affordable option that will only set you back $200 (MSRP). The show’s star is the quadruple rear camera system featuring a 48MP primary sensor and ultra-wide and macro options.

The Nokia G20 looks beautiful out of the box with a 6.5-inch HD Plus display. It offers a build quality that you’d expect for an affordable 4G device — a plastic back panel and a teardrop notch. The mid-ranger comes with Android 11 right out of the box, and Nokia has recently promised three full years of security updates.

You get 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to work with, and Nokia claims that the G20 can last up to three days on the 5,050mAh battery.


Nokia G20 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek G35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G10

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HMD Global

At first glance, you might think that the Nokia G20 and G10 are the same phone. Both rock the same display, same security measures, and the same battery. However, the differences are what knocks this device down to a $149 MSRP.

Instead of a MediaTek G35, you’ll be greeted by a MediaTek G25. The G10 also drops its storage capacity to 32GB, but you can expand that by up to 512GB. It matches the G20 with Android 11 and has three years of support, so regular updates shouldn’t be a problem.

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The last — and largest — difference between the two is the camera set-up. Both Nokia phones are equipped with identical round bumps, but the G20 stars a 48MP shooter, while the G10 tops out at 13MP.


Nokia G10 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek G25
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia 5.4

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While the numbers continue to shrink, the Nokia 5.4 increases the screen size to 6.39-inches. It also adds a fourth rear camera, like the G20.

The Nokia 5.4 makes a jump in the battery department and raises the cap to a full 4,000mAh. It charges via USB-C and comes with Android 10 on board, though we expect to see Android 11 soon enough. You can expect pretty standard specs on the inside, with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage.

Those internals back up a Snapdragon 662 processor and provide decent power for the cameras. The main shooter offers 48MP, so it’s just as powerful as the Nokia 6.2.


Nokia 5.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Nokia 3.4

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You could call the Nokia 3.4 a little brother to the 8.3. It’s slightly smaller and less feature-rich, but it is almost impossible to ignore the much lower price tag.

Nokia’s 3.4 measures 6.39-inches across with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It promises 70% better performance than previous generations thanks to an onboard Snapdragon 460 chip, though there’s no 5G access here. Nokia went for a punch-hole camera on the front and a triple-lens set-up on the back, which is a nice touch in an inexpensive device.

The Nokia 3.4 runs Android 10 on the Android One platform, so you’ll get a few years of updates and a nearly stock experience for your money. It also runs on a 4,000mAh battery, and there’s a headphone jack to boot.


Nokia 3.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Nokia 2.4

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The numbers are getting smaller, but the phone is getting bigger. Nokia’s 2.4 is just a hair larger at 6.5-inches, and the Full HD+ display drops to HD+.

Another thing to note with the 2.4 is it’s the first Nokia phone on the list to skip a Snapdragon set-up in favor of MediaTek hardware. It’s packed with a Helio P22 as well as a meager 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

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Not all of the specs come with sacrifices, though. The battery is still a healthy 4,500mAh 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 2.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P22
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Nokia 1.4

Nokia’s 1.4 smartphone is just about as bare-bones as they come, and it’s one of the most affordable Nokia phones. Qualcomm is back in the driver’s seat with a 215 chip, and you’ve only got between 1GB and 3GB of RAM to pair with up to 64GB of storage.

The battery is solid at 4,000mAh, and it’s powering a 6.52-inch display which is particularly large for the price. Nokia opted for a dual 8MP and 2MP rear camera set-up as this is a budget device, and a 5MP front shooter is selfie-ready.

Unlike the others on the list, the Nokia 1.4 is the only phone available on the Android Go platform. It’s essentially a slimmed-down version of the latest Android that’s made for sipping battery power and lasting longer.


Nokia 1.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Qualcomm 215
  • RAM: 1/2/3GB
  • Storage: 16/32/64GB
  • Cameras: 8 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10 Go Edition