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The best Nokia phones available

Nokia has budget phones galore!
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June 5, 2022
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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 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 X100

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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.

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 X20

X20

The Nokia XR20 is great, but there’s another version of it, and many of you might prefer it. The Nokia X20 keeps nearly identical specs, but turns its focus away from the rugged construction mentality the XR20 is all about.

You don’t get an IP rating, but you get a much sleeker design that will please many more eyes. It also comes with slightly better specs, as you can have up to 8GB of RAM. The camera system is also improved, offering four shooters. The Snapdragon 480 processor stays untouched.

The only real downside to the X20 is its slightly smaller 4,470mAh battery. That’s still plenty large for most users, though. Especially considering this isn’t a resource-intensive handset. And we’re sure you won’t mind the slight downgrade, considering the price has been significantly reduced too.


Nokia X20 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 5, 2 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,470mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia X10

X10

Nokia has a variety of phones that seem to be very similar, and here’s a slightly more affordable version of the devices listed above. The Nokia X10 even looks the same as the other X-series handsets.

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Inside, you’ll find a Snapdragon 480, up to 6GB of RAM, and as much as 128GB of storage. The camera system also includes four shooters, featuring a primary 48MP sensor. Otherwise, you get the same 6.67-inch 1080p display and a 4,470mAh battery.


Nokia X10 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,470mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G300

Nokia G300

Tracfone and Total Wireless have another budget option in the USA, and it’s worth a look. The Nokia G300 follows its many brothers with a Snapdragon 480 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. There’s also a sizeable 4,470mAh battery packed inside.

The triple-camera setup has been downgraded a bit, too. The primary sensor has a 16MP resolution. Additionally, the 6.52-inch screen only has a 720p resolution. The good news is that it’s readily available in the USA.


Nokia G300 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 16, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,470mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G50

Nokia G50 smartphone

The Nokia G50 came 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 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 G20

Nokia G20 official

If you’re having trouble finding the newer Nokia G21, its predecessor is a great option, and it’s much more readily available to US customers. The Nokia G20 is another impressively affordable option that will only set you back $200 (MSRP). The star is the quadruple rear camera system featuring a 48MP primary sensor and ultrawide and macro options.

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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 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 (~$160).


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 C01 Plus

C01 Plus 1

The Nokia C01 Plus is a budget phone, but it’s exceptional! It’s one of the very few devices that still come with a removable battery, a dying breed indeed. This means you can swap the 3,000mAh battery whenever you wish.

More: The best phones that still have a removable battery

Otherwise, the Nokia C01 Plus is as simple as they get. It comes with a simple Unisoc SC9863A chipset and as much as 2GB of RAM. Storage is also limited to 16GB, and the cameras lag behind at 5MP. The smartphone also costs well under $100, making it an excellent deal for the budget-conscious.


Nokia C01 Plus specs:

  • Display: 5.45-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Unisoc SC9863A
  • RAM: 1/2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11 (Go Edition)

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!