HMD launches its most eco-responsible smartphones

At IFA, Nokia presented its new 5G smartphones. Among the new vintage, we find the X30 and G60 which promise to better respect the environment; and at attractive prices.

HMD Global did not come to Berlin empty-handed and the brand behind Nokia presented some novelties. The manufacturer does not necessarily compete in the segment of high-end models, preferring to rely on other elements to stand out. It goes through a operation nostalgia by reviving old glories or accessible products. At IFA 2022 it was all about entry-level and mid-range smartphones with the Nokia X30 5G, G60 5G and the C31. It is especially the first two, compatible with 5G, which will interest us and not only for their technical data sheet.

Nokia X30 5G and G60 5G: the brand’s most “ecological” smartphones

The manufacturer promises efforts in favor of the environment for the X30 and G60 which they present as their “the most eco-responsible devices”. The most successful is the X30 which offers a 6.43-inch AMOLED display in tune with the times (Full HD+, 90 Hz, 700 nits) and a Snapdragon 695. The Qualcomm chip, here flanked by 6 to 8 GB of RAM and 128 to 256 GB of storage), has proven itself in particular at Samsung (Galaxy A23 5G), Sony (Xperia 10 IV) or Xiaomi (Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G). The set comes with a 4200mAh batterycompatible with charging at 33W.

The Nokia X30 5G (left). ©

On the photo side, Nokia describes its X30 as one of its most comfortable smartphones in this area. The brand offers a 50 megapixel main sensor with optical image stabilization and f/1.8 aperture. A 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module (f / 2.4) comes to support it; while a 16 megapixel sensor takes place at the front. Note that the camera on the back is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+, which allows 98% of the light to pass through.

Different modes (night, tripod, dark vision, AI portraits) accompany the smartphone.

Nokia X30 5G

And ecology?

Do not expect a device comparable to the Fairphone, HMD’s speech is much less ambitious. It even leaves us a little unsatisfied since this “eco-responsible” approach simply translates into the presence of recycled materials and three-year warranty. The brand behind Nokia is nevertheless making efforts by offering a 100% recycled aluminum shell. Added to this is a back made of 65% recycled plastic and 70% recycled packaging. As for the X30 follow-up, it includes 3 years of warranty, 3 years of OS upgrades, and 3 years of monthly security updates.

Nokia X30 5G

Questioned by our colleagues from The VergeHMD’s marketing director, Adam Ferguson, talks about the brand’s ambitions in this area. “Our main objective is to tackle what we consider to be the two biggest things where we can make the biggest difference. [et qui] will have the greatest impact on e-waste”. HMD intends to continue its efforts and already lean towards ” next step “. It will consist of examining other areas in which the manufacturer can improve the durability of its products.

Fairly classic mid-range, the Nokia X30 5G is therefore the witness of the new direction taken by HMD. The device has dimensions of 158.9 x 73.9 x 7.99 mm for 185 grams and benefits from a IP67 certified. It’s coming with Android 12.

the Nokia X30 5G is announced in France at a price of 499 euros ; with an expected release before the end of September. On its site, HMD mentions an expedition around September 20.

Nokia G60: the same approach, at a lower price

In addition to the X30, Nokia is launching a G60 more accessible and focused on the essentials. This smartphone, also presented as “eco-friendly”, relies on a 100% recycled plastic back and a 60% recycled plastic frame. It has a 6.58 inch LCD screendisplaying in Full HD+ with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Under the hood it keeps the chip Snapdragon 695 which offers 5G compatibility and adds 4 to 6 GB of RAM. The storage space oscillates between 64 and 128 GB, with the possibility of adding a microSD card. Her 4500mAh battery limited to 20W charging.

Nokia G60 5G
The Nokia G60 5G (center). ©

Regarding the photo, there is a 50 megapixel sensor without optical stabilization. It accompanies a 5-megapixel ultra wide-angle and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Note that this smartphone of 190 grams (165.99 x 75.93 x 8.61 mm) adds an IP52 certification.

The compromises made by the manufacturer make it possible to offer the device at a more affordable price. the Nokia G60 5G is already available at 359.99 euros.

Finally, Nokia adds a C31 model to its catalog. This is an entry-level model that focuses on 4G; offering a modest technical sheet. Powered by a Unisoc SC9863A1 SoC, it offers a 6.7-inch HD+ LCD screen, 3 to 4 GB of RAM; as well as a 5050 mAh battery promising a good autonomy. It adds a triple photo sensor, comprising a 13-megapixel main module and two 2-megapixel sensors (macro and depth). The C31 must land in Europe at a price of 129 euros.

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