The best Nokia phones are those affordable devices with at least two-year stock Android experiences that include a mixture of affordable and mid-range options. HMD Global particularly doesn’t release many phones every year unlike the rest of the smartphone OEMs but they still have some of the best Android phones in the industry.
Before the dominance of Android, Nokia seems to be a popular household name when feature phones were all the rage. However, it’s no longer the same anymore. This is a result of the company’s decision to opt for Windows Mobile when the competition chose Android. The best Tecno phones, Samsung phones, Vivo phones, and Infinix phones all ran Android OS. Fortunately, Nokia made a switch to Android in 2017 which is indeed a great decision.
For now, there are tons of the best Nokia phones available which include the latest Nokia X100, the Nokia G21, Nokia X20, and the rest of them. Look below to see an overview of their specs and links to their respective full reviews.
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Display: 6.67-inch | Refresh rate: – | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 | RAM: 4GB /6GB | Storage: 64GB /128GB | Battery Capacity: 4630mAh | OS: Android 11 | Price: ₦226,000($370)
The Nokia XR20 is a rugged but thin device that packs in great design with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus upfront for extra protection. The 6.67-inch display offers a resolution of 1080 × 2400 which gave it a vivid color and is reasonably sharp for all kinds of tasks. Elsewhere, you’re getting an 8MP selfie camera with a 48MP + 13MP dual camera lens at the back.
Also, there’s a mid-range Snapdragon 480 chipset which we’re disappointed to have as it fails to provide a high-end performance when it comes to gaming and multitasking. Unfortunately, this is one problem HMD Global has failed to solve in their handsets which always keeps us disappointed.
One of the key selling points of the Nokia XR20 is the use of the Android One which brings a super clean interface just the way Google wants it. This plus 5G network speeds made the XR20 a hard-to-resist device and one of the best Nokia phones you can currently buy.
- Read our in-depth Nokia XR20 review
Nokia 8.3 5G
Display: 6.81-inch | Refresh rate: – | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G | RAM: 6GB /8GB | Storage: 64GB /128GB | Battery Capacity: 4500mAh | OS: Android 10 | Price: ₦195,000 ($319)
One of the strongest Nokia phones to buy currently is 2020 8.3 5G device that has a large 6.81-inch display. This makes it the ideal choice for playing games or watching movies. However, with an average 4500mAh battery, the Nokia 8.3 5G will manage to last you for a day if you make use of the phone frequently.
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Moving down to the camera department, there’s a quad-camera setup at the back that’s headed by a 64MP lens which performs greatly in a well-lighted environment. However, the same can’t be said for the 2MP macro sensor so we wouldn’t recommend it for photography professionals.
Unlike the XR20, we found the Nokia 8.3 5G great for multitasking, but be careful not to push it beyond the limit. Despite being an old phone, the Nokia 8.3 5G is still a respectable 5G offer in the market.
- Read our in-depth Nokia 8.3 5G full review
Nokia G42 5G
Display: 5.56-inch | Refresh rate: 90Hz| Resolution: 1612 x 7200 pixels| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G | RAM: 4GB /6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery Capacity: 5000mAh | OS: Android 13 | Price: ₦183,000 ($200)
The quite expensive but repairable Nokia G42 5G is a smartphone you can easily open the case and change the charging port, battery, and screen with the provided iFixit tools without visiting a phone expert.
Meanwhile, it sports a 6.56-inch 720p display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor, a 50MP camera lens, and up to a huge 5000mAh battery life.
Undoubtedly, the Nokia G42 5G is one of the best phones of this year with low maintenance cost which earned it a spot in our Best Nokia Phones list. The Nokia G42 5G with its 720p resolution, low processor, and 5000mAh battery capacity has all it takes to give you at least 2-day battery life.
- Here’s the Nokia G42 5G full review
Display: 6.62-inch | Refresh rate: – | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery Capacity: 4470mAh | OS: Android 11 | Price: ₦153,000 ($252)
The Nokia X100 is the latest affordable 5G handset for T-Mobile fans who want to go beyond design and battery life. Being an affordable 5G phone, the X100 still has vast untapped potential that’ll reap in coming years. In most developed countries like France, Germany, and the US the trend has already appeared, but the same can’t be said for the rest of the globe, especially in Africa.
The ancient smartphone giant recently unveiled the Nokia X100 which is not just about affordable 5G connectivity, but a decent camera, stock Android experience, and strong battery life. That being said, any budget phone has to make compromises somewhere, and this phone has its fair share. This includes a mediocre performance, average camera, and poor battery life. However, the rest of the Nokia X100 features are great.
- Here’s the Nokia X100 full review
Display: 6.62-inch | Refresh rate: – | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 | RAM: 6GB /8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery Capacity: 4470mAh | OS: Android 11 | Price: ₦155,000 ($256)
The Nokia X20 is the latest phone from the company’s top-end X line which sits above the C- and G- ranges. HMD global did well by promising the X20 three years of Android updates which are above normal in regular Android phones.
The Nokia X20 is a premium budget smartphone with a great-looking design, Zeiss cameras, three major Android OS updates, and strong battery life. However, performance issues and slow charging are among the few things that limit the phone from reaching its full potential. Still, some things make this phone unique, especially its large screen that’ll appease every big display fan. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for one of the best Nokia phones to buy currently, the X20 will be a great budget recommendation.
- Here’s the Nokia X20 full review
Display: 6.55-inch | Refresh rate: – | Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 2GB /3GB /6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery Capacity: 4000mAh | OS: Android 10 Android One | Price: ₦92,000 ($150)
The Nokia 5.3 is one of the cheapest phones from the company that performs well with a Snapdragon 665 chipset that’s paired with either 2GB, 3GB, or 6GB of RAM. The bloatware-free Android One version guarantees you up to 2 years of major Android updates which keeps it future proof of stock Android experience.
The 720p screen isn’t that good, but quite manageable if you’re a type that doesn’t play high-end games. Meanwhile, there’s a decent camera at least for the cheap price tag. The Nokia 5.3 has a simple design with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 4000mAh battery life.
- Check out the Nokia 5.3 full review
Display: 6.5-inch | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels | Processor: Unisoc SC9863A1 | RAM: 3GB /4GB | Storage: 64GB /128GB | Battery Capacity: 5000mAh | OS: Android 13 | Price: ₦90,000 ($100)
The Nokia C32 is the latest offering from the legendary phone brand, boasting of a massive 5000mAh battery, USB-C port, 50MP camera lens, and up to 4GB /128GB storage space.
One great feature of this phone is the dropping of micro-USB in place of USB-C which will delight everyone as there’s no greater joy than having a unique charger for all your devices. Also, the Nokia C32 offers great value for money due to its affordability despite having a sleek attractive design like that of a flagship phone.
At ₦90,000, the Nokia C32 is a valuable asset that’ll guarantee you strong performance without depreciation in quality for at least 3 years. It’s one of the cheapest Nokia phones you can buy currently.
- Read the Nokia C32 Full Review
Display: 6.5-inch | Refresh rate: – | Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Unisoc T606 | RAM: 3GB /4GB /6GB | Storage: 64GB /128GB | Battery Capacity: 5050mAh | OS: Android 11 | Price: ₦88,000 ($145)
The Nokia G21 is an excellent device with a familiar design, high refresh rate, average camera performance, and durable battery life at a relatively low price. At first glance, the G21 looks like a compelling option with a stock Android experience and 50MP camera which puts it in an awkward spot, alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 10.
However, why you’ll be getting a lot of advantages, be ready to sacrifice a lot of flagship hardware features that aren’t available in this smartphone. Why this might sound like a drawback to you, the Nokia G21 still offers a lot of intriguing features that make it one of the best in the affordable segment.
- Check out the Nokia G21 full review