Nokia G21 smartphone: First impressions

The Nokia G21 is a budget smartphone that was recently launched in the Kenyan market by HMD Global. The phone is the latest iteration of the G series and succeeds the Nokia G20.

Here are my first impressions of the phone plus unboxing.

out of the box

The phone comes with a

  • charger + usb cable
  • Listeners
  • SIM card eject pin
  • Warranty documents and user guide

The Nokia G21 smartphone is surprisingly light considering the space occupied by the device. With its width of 75.9 mm, its length of 164.6 mm, its height of 8.5 mm and its weight of 190 grams, the smartphone is comfortable in the hand. Its textured polycarbonate casing provides that sense of security with minimal risk of accidental drops.

A total of 4 cameras, one in the front and three in the back, give users the ability to capture memorable moments in photos and videos with brilliance. The front camera is a 2.0-aperture 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter that also captures 1080 progressive scan resolution video at 30 frames per second. The camera trio on the back has a 50-megapixel main camera along with a 2-megapixel macro camera and another 2-megapixel depth camera. To add to the already wide 1.8 aperture of the main camera is an LED flash for that extra illumination.

The top edge of the G21 features a 3.5mm jack and microphone for ambient noise. The bottom edge has the stereo speakers with OZO playback, a second microphone for phone calls, and the USB Type C 3.0 charging port.

The left edge has a dedicated Google Assistant button and SIM tray, while the right edge houses the volume rocker. It also houses the power button which incorporates a fingerprint reader to secure the phone. The phone also has facial recognition security and gives users options for additional security.

Power button and fingerprint reader

The 6.5-inch screen takes up about 82% (screen-to-body ratio) of the G20 and has a resolution of 720 by 1600 pixels. It’s a 20:9 ratio with a pixel density of 270.

Powering the G21 is an on-paper non-removable 5050mAh Li-po battery, and has a standby time of 72 hours. To refuel, the phone has a fast charging capacity of 18 Watts. This should excite users who prefer longer periods of use between charges.

The G21 variant available in Kenya comes with the option of dual nano SIM and a dedicated slot for storage expansion up to 512GB via microSDXC memory card.

Without the expansion, the phone has two different storage pairing profiles of 64GB storage with 4GB RAM and 128GB with 4GB RAM, .

It comes pre-installed with Android 11 operating system with maximum update to Android 13. Additionally, the G21 which was announced and launched in February this year will have three years of monthly scheduled security updates.

The smartphone is available in two color options; Nordic Blue and Dusk – which is a brownish shade and has a recommended retail price of Ksh19000.

Come back for a detailed review once we’ve done an in-depth review of the Nokia G21. In the comments section below, let us know anything you would like to know about the phone.

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