Among the many announcements at IFA 2022, we hear about five new products from HMD Global, maker of Nokia handsets: three cheap phones, a tablet, and an intriguing subscription.
Let’s start with the phones and specifically the Nokia X30 5G which you can see below. In many ways this sounds like a pretty standard cheap phone, with a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 90 Hz refresh rate, 450 nits max brightness, Snapdragon 695 chipset, 5G, 6GB or 8GB support of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage.
It also has a 4,200mAh battery with 33W charging, a 50MP main camera plus a 13MP ultra-wide, and runs Android 12 with the promise of three years of updates. It comes in shades of blue and white and, interestingly, has an IP67 rating, which makes it more water resistant than most cheap phones.
What’s even more exciting about the Nokia X30 5G is that, according to HMD Global, it’s the greenest phone the company has ever made, with a 100% recycled frame and camera, as well as 65% recycled plastic. So if you want a new phone while minimizing its environmental impact, you can do a lot worse than that.
If you’re interested, you can buy it in the UK from late September from £399 (about $465 / AU$675), with no information yet on availability or pricing for other regions.
Then there’s the Nokia G60 5G, which is shown at the top of this article. This doesn’t have the green credentials of the X30 5G, but it does have a 6.58-inch FHD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate and 400 nits brightness. It also has a Snapdragon 695 chipset, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
The battery is 4,500mAh with 20W charging, the phone supports 5G of course, and there’s a 50MP main camera, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.
This also comes with Android 12 and three years of updates, so while there’s no mention of recycled materials, it should at least remain a viable handset for a while, which also helps the environment as you won’t have to update as often. frequency.
It starts at £249 (about $290/AU$420) and is available in the UK now, but again there is no information on availability elsewhere.
The third new phone is the Nokia C31, which appears to be the cheapest of the trio, starting at just €129 – around $130 / £110 / AU$185, but no availability information for the UK, US or Australia. Not surprisingly, given this price point, the specs are nothing to stand out about: it has a 6.7-inch HD+ display, a Unisoc 9863A1 chipset, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a trio of cameras, a 13MP main camera and two 2MP sensors.
There’s a big 5,050mAh battery, though, albeit with 10W slow charging, and it has a fingerprint scanner on the back, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it runs Android 12.
Meanwhile, the Nokia T21 is a newly announced budget tablet with some eco-friendly credentials of its own. However, they’re not quite as impressive as the ones on the Nokia X30 5G, with the slate only containing 60% recycled plastic for the antenna cover and SIM tray.
It has a 10.4-inch 2K display, a Unisoc T612 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. It also has an 8MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, an 8,200mAh battery with 18W charging, and runs Android 12.
The T21 will cost £189 (approximately $220/AU$320) for a Wi-Fi model or £209 (approximately $240/AU$355) for a 4G version too, and will hit UK stores in October.
Review: Eco-friendly beyond hardware
Some of these devices are more eco-friendly than others, but HMD Global is trying to encourage people to be environmentally conscious in more than just their phone choice.
The company is doing this by trying to get shoppers to keep their smartphones longer, as you can see in part by the promise of three years of upgrades on some of these devices.
But it doesn’t end there, as the company has also announced a subscription service called ‘Circular’, which will initially launch in the UK and Germany, with other regions to follow.
This lets you buy some of the company’s devices on a subscription basis, with the Nokia X30 5G for £25 (approximately $30/AU$40) a month and the Nokia G60 5G for £12.50 (approximately $40 USD). 15 / AU$20) per month – to be among the first devices included. In either case, there’s also a £30 setup fee (about $35/AU$50).
Subscription offers more than just the device. It also covers you against loss, theft, and damage, and the longer you keep your subscription, the more ‘seeds’ you’ll earn, which are essentially reward points that can be used to plant trees, clean up rivers, and provide connectivity for those with need.
Additionally, when you replace your phone or tablet through the scheme, HMD Global will ensure that your old device is either reused, if possible, or fully recycled.
So it looks like companies like the Fairphone 4 could soon have some real competition on the ecological front.
IFA 2022 is Europe’s biggest tech trade show, and is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and announcements, as well as our hands-on first impressions of the new TVs, wearables, audio devices and other gadgets on display.