Nokia G21 review: Another budget option, but is this what buyers are looking for?

 

Nokia G21 review: Another budget option, but is this what buyers are looking for?

Nokia G21 review: The latest budget phone from HMD Global starts at Rs 12,999. But does it offer a good enough performance for the price?

Rs. 12,999


If there’s been one consistent trend over the last three years, it is that smartphone prices have seen a steady rise. Just consider the Redmi Note series — one of the most popular in India according to various research reports. While they used to start at Rs 9,999 till back in 2019, now most variants are starting at Rs 15,000 plus. And this is true for most brands. If you want better specifications, get ready to pay more.

But there are brands like Nokia from HMD Global still offering devices in the Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 segment. The latest Nokia G21 is one such option with a starting price of Rs 12,999. But does it offer a good enough performance without too many compromises? Here’s our review.

Nokia G21 specifications: 6.5-inch HD+ LCD panel with 90Hz refresh rate | Unisoc T606 processor | 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM| 64GB or 128GB storage with 512GB expandable storage support | 50MP+2MP+2MP camera | 8MP front camera | 5050 mAh battery with 18W charging | Android 11


Nokia G21 review: What’s good?

Never judge a book by its cover, they say. Perhaps in the world of smartphones, this could apply to specifications. Frankly, when I started using the Nokia G21, I didn’t expect much in terms of performance, but the phone delivers well. The company sent me the 6GB RAM option for review. It handled games like Asphalt 9, Sky easily without any noticeabl stuttering or lag.


I didn’t run Asphalt 9 at the highest settings, but there were no glaring problems with the performance as such. Even for daily tasks and apps such as Facebook or Instagram, Netflix, and browsing on Google Chrome, the phone worked without any stutter.

I didn’t run Asphalt 9 at the highest settings, but there were no glaring problems with the performance as such. Even for daily tasks and apps such as Facebook or Instagram, Netflix, and browsing on Google Chrome, the phone worked without any stutter.

The Nokia G21 gets an HD+ resolution display with an adaptive refresh rate. The maximum refresh rate offered is 90 Hz, and by default, the phone is set to an adaptive option. Now, the display resolution is let down in this age, where users have come to expect a full HD+ screen across prices. When watching some shows on Netflix with this phone, the experience was acceptable. Yes, the display struggles in bright sunlight and is very reflective so keep that in mind.








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