Nokia X30 Review And Full Details December 2022

Nokia X30 Review And Full Details December 2022

Play the long game. The Nokia X30’s tagline hints that it’s big on preserving the environment, and Nokia calls it their ‘most eco-friendly phone yet’. That includes recycled (and recyclable) materials wherever possible, but also 3 years of warranty and software support. And in a lineup with no true flagship as the others understand it, the X30 sort of needs to take on that responsibility. It’s not a flagship chipset that powers the X30 – the Snapdragon 695 is anything but. A camera system with no telephoto doesn’t scream ‘high-end’ either. Certain small omissions like stereo speakers and wireless charging continue to corner the X30 into a conventional midranger position. But for around €450 for the base 6GB/128GB version, you’re getting a pretty interesting spec sheet. Proper dust and water protection is still a rare sight in the midrange, as is Gorilla Glass Victus display protection – both present here. And since we mentioned it, the display is now OLED – it’s been three and a half years since the last such screen on a Nokia.

Circling back to the cameras and with an already price-adjusted perspective, things aren’t looking all that bleak after all. Most notably, the 50MP main unit on the back uses the same sensor as the Galaxy S22 – that’s flagship enough. The other two cameras aren’t as remarkable – the 13MP ultrawide is missing AF and with no dedicated ‘macro’ sidekick closeups are seemingly a no-go, and the 16MP selfie camera is neither here nor there – but it all amounts to a very reasonable configuration. Reasonable’ can also describe other bits about the X30. Smallish at first sight, the battery capacity should be enough for the not overly-demanding internals, and the 33W charging capability looks set to deliver decently speedy top-ups without going into extremes. Alongside the OLED display, the under-display fingerprint sensor makes a return too. As part of the pledge for environmentalism, the Nokia X3 arrives in a recycled brownish cardboard box that’s half-height – you know what that means. The charger is missing, but a cable is still provided, and that’s about it. Nokia will sell you a transparent soft silicone case separately (itself packaged in recycled paper), but that’s not included with the phone.

Mind you, there’s a whole lot of paperwork inside the box, which itself took some paper and effort to make, not to mention it potentially contributed to the overall volume – a one-page Quick start guide and a QR code with a link to the rest of the stuff online would have looked (and, possibly, been) more sustainable. Then again, various regulators may be mandating this or that piece of physical literature and thus getting in the way of saving a tree, so we’re not ready to blame it all on Nokia. HMD Global is back with its first kinda-premium phone since the middle of the pandemic in 2020. The Nokia X30 5G is Nokia’s latest offering, and it’s currently on sale in the U.K. priced at 400 British pounds — roughly the same price as competing phones from Google and Apple. I’ve been using the Nokia X30 over the course of a week, and I’ve found it to be a very adequate phone with nothing particularly standing out. That’s fine in a bubble, but at this very competitive price point, it turns into a problem.

The Nokia X30 reminds me a bit of the Nokia Lumia Icon. It’s a polycarbonate phone with metal sides. Of course, it’s 2022, and the passage of time means we can find things like Gorilla Glass Victus protecting the front display, a camera island on the rear, and a camera hole in the front. The display measures 6.43-inches tall, so it’s just a little bit taller than the Pixel 7. It has very thin bezels, and the overall footprint is smaller than it could be. Nokia offers the X30 5G in the colors “Cloudy Blue” and “Ice White”, whereby the former looks more like a dark gray or green depending on the ambient light. At 185 grams, the smartphone is significantly lighter than its Nokia X20 predecessor, which weighs 220 grams with its 6.67-inch display. The review candidate goes one step further with its IP67 certification and is thus dust- and waterproof.

While the back cover of Nokia’s X30 5G is made of plastic, it feels much higher-quality and fits well with the aluminum frame that stably holds the front and back together. Thanks to its matte surface, the back of the X30 5G is very fingerprint resistant and merges seamlessly with the camera unit, which protrudes around 3 millimeters from the back cover. The AMOLED display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and houses a fingerprint sensor hidden underneath the screen. The 16 MP selfie camera sits in a punchhole in the center at the top. The Nokia X30 5G comes in two storage variants. The first variant, with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, officially costs EUR 519 (~US$ 514). The second variant may be more interesting, offering 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, but only costing EUR 30 (~US$ 29) more at EUR 549 (~US$ 545).

Instead of buying the smartphone, you can also rent it. This is possible via Nokia’s subscription model, which is offered at EUR 25 (~US$ 24) per month and can be canceled with a 3-month period of notice. Once the X30 5G is returned, it is given to another subscriber in line with Nokia’s sustainability standards. According to the manufacturer, older smartphones are either recycled or donated to charity. If no longer functioning, the smartphones can also be used for spare parts. Unlike its Nokia X20 predecessor, the X30 5G does not have a headphone jack and a microSD slot. Instead, an OTG-capable USB-C port that transfers data at USB 2.0 speeds, an FM radio receiver, Bluetooth 5.1 and an NFC chip are included. The smartphone also plays HD web streams thanks to DRM Widevine L1 support.

 

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